Sep 23 • 8M

Uzziah struck with leprosy

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2 Kings 15:5 Then the LORD struck the king, so that he was a leper until the day of his death; so he dwelt in an isolated house. And Jotham the king’s son was over the royal house, judging the people of the land.

King Azariah (also known as Uzziah) was one of the better kings of Judah. In many ways he honored God and he had a lot of success and power. Yet even good kings have their problems, and Uzziah didn’t end well. He died a leper and a disgrace – because he could not handle his success and power.

2 Chronicles tells us about Uzziah’s pride, seen when he was strong and successful: but when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the LORD his God by entering the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense (2 Chronicles 26:16). 

Uzziah, had a censer in his hand ready to burn incense, became annoyed by the resistance of the priests. While he was angry at them in their presence before the incense altar in the LORD’s temple, the Lord struck him with leprosy on his forehead (v. 19).

Uzziah violated what had become a general principle in God’s dealing with Israel: that no king should also be a priest.

King Uzziah had leprosy until the day he died. He lived in a separate house and was excluded from all people.

It was God’s plan that the offices of prophet, priest, and king should not be combined in one man – until the Messiah, who fulfilled all three offices

Categories to which King Uzziah belongs

- He is counted among the kings who did right in the sight of the Lord.

- He is counted among the kings who peacefully inherited the throne from their predecessors.

- He falls in the category of kings who died with diseases.