UZZIAH, THE KING WHO COVETED ALSO TO BE PRIEST

UZZIAH,  THE  KING  WHO  COVETED  ALSO  TO  BE  PRIEST

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

uzziah-stricken-with-leprosy

“Azariah” was the king’s name;

“Uzziah” is one and the same;

Reigning rightly at first,

But at last he was cursed,

Zapped with leprosy, marring his fame.

 

COMMENTARY:  See 2nd Chronicles 26:1-23 (especially 26:7 & 26:15).  See also 2nd Kings 15:1-7.  Uzziah ruled as a king for many years, but near the end of his reign he coveted the role and privileges of the priesthood, an office which God did not assign to him — in arrogating himself to the priesthood Uzziah was judged by God, with leprosy  —  ending what had been a good career with pubic shame.  It is good to be content with what God assigns our lot in life to be.  Thankfulness is good (1st Thessalonians 5:18); discontent and covetousness is bad and leads to tragic troubles (Exodus 20:17; Colossians 3:5).

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