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2 Chronicles 26

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King Uzziah of Judah

2 Chronicles 26

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Lesson Number 17

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. Believers will be surely prosperous when they live for the Lord.
  2. Believers may be severely disciplined when they rebel against the Lord.

Practical Application

  1. Watch out for negative "buts" in your life!

Questions

  1. What other name for Uzziah do we find in Scripture? I
  2. n what ways was Uzziah prosperous?
  3. What was the secret to Uzziah's success?
  4. What major mistake did Uzziah make in the temple of the Lord?
  5. What was the consequence of Uzziah's rebellion?

Answers

  1. In the parallel passage in 2 Kings 15, he is referred to as Azariah.
  2. He was successful in his wars against Judah's enemies. He was politically and financially prosperous. Everything he put his hand to prospered- whether it was building strong defenses and advanced war machines or farming, cattle ranching, and more.
  3. 2 Chronicles 26:5 says, "As long as [Uzziah] sought the LORD, God made him prosper."
  4. Uzziah entered the Temple to burn incense on the altar of incense. This was in deliberate disobedience to the clear teaching of the Word of God (Numbers 16:40).
  5. He was struck with leprosy for the rest of his life.

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discuss the "prosperity gospel" that claims every Christian should have health, wealth, and material prosperity. Is that what is being taught here? Discuss the difference between material prosperity and spiritual prosperity. Refer to Psalm 1:3 and 2 Peter 1:10-11.
  2. Uzziah committed the sin of rebellion when he refused to submit to God's authority and stay in the role that God had given him. Why is rebellion such a serious sin? Read 1 Samuel 15:23. When do you most often find rebellion welling up in your heart?

Challenge

  1. Uzziah will be in heaven, but what could have been - a full life of bringing glory to God - will never be, because there was a negative "but" in his life. What about you?

Key Verses

  • "As long as [Uzziah] sought the LORD, God made him prosper." 2 Chronicles 26:5
  • "While he was angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead, before the priests in the house of the LORD, beside the incense altar." 2 Chronicles 26:19

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