07/08/2018 — 2 Kings 15; & 2 Chronicles 26
A couple of highlights for me. First, back in 2 Kings 14:26-27 we saw the Lord personally intervene and save Israel (again.) However, in 2 Kings 15 we see the prophecy of the destruction of the Northern kingdom, Israel begin:
29 In the time of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came and took Ijon, Abel Beth Maakah, Janoah, Kedesh and Hazor. He took Gilead and Galilee, including all the land of Naphtali, and deported the people to Assyria.
The second point is, again, how reading Kings and Chronicles concurrently provides a better composite picture of the history of the nations & their kings. In this case 2 Kings 15:5 simply states:
5 The Lord afflicted the king with leprosy until the day he died, and he lived in a separate house. Jotham the king’s son had charge of the palace and governed the people of the land.
My initial thought was, what rotten luck for the king to come down with leprosy. But then 2 Chronicles 26 gives us the “rest of the story:”
16 But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17 Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous priests of the Lord followed him in. 18 They confronted King Uzziah and said, “It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the Lord God.” 19 Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand ready to burn incense, became angry. While he was raging at the priests in their presence before the incense altar in the Lord’s temple, leprosy broke out on his forehead.
The Lord expects obedience and we still encounter the results of disobedience.