Thru the Bible – Day 232

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Day 232 – Thru the Bible

Today we continue Second Chronicles.

2 Chronicles 25Throughout his reign, Amaziah is halfhearted in his loyalty to God. His final failure comes after a steady degeneration. He falls into idol worship of the gods of those he had defeated in battle, even after the prophet pointed out that those gods could not protect those he just defeated.

We too can fall into worshipping something or someone other than God whenever we forget it is God alone who has been with us since the beginning.

When you find yourself seeking refuge in something or someone other than God, how do you respond?

 

2 Chronicles 26The Chronicler emphasizes God’s blessing on Uzziah’s long reign (792–740 b.c.) but also the cause of his eventual downfall. Elsewhere, Uzziah is called “Azariah” (2 Kings 15:1, 6–7; 1 Chronicles 3:12). The Chronicler may have called him Uzziah here to avoid confusion with the chief priest Azariah (verses 17–20).

Isaiah’s prophetic ministry began during Uzziah’s reign (Isaiah 1:1; 6:1).

Uzziah violated God’s holiness by trespassing in the temple, which was for the priests and Levites only. He also tried to offer incense, which only the priests were allowed to do (Exodus 30:1–10; Numbers 16:40).

Because of his leprosy, Uzziah had to withdraw from his royal duties (Leviticus 13:46; Numbers 5:1–4), and Jotham became co-regent. His leprosy also kept him from being buried in the royal tombs of Jerusalem. Instead he was buried in a field.

The reference to Isaiah the prophet’s writing does not refer to the canonical book bearing his name, but to another work by this prophet. No copy of this work exists.

 

2 Chronicles 27The account of Jotham’s reign (750–735 b.c., including 10 years as co-regent with Uzziah) shows that his military success and power were due to his faithfulness to God.

 

What other thoughts or questions does today’s reading bring up?

 

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