UZZIAH, THE KING WHO COVETED ALSO TO BE PRIEST
Dr. James J. S. Johnson
“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).