2 Chronicles 26 Outline
– Uzziah succeeded his father, Amaziah as king of Judah (2 Chronicles 26:1)
– Uzziah rebuilt Elath (2 Chronicles 26:2)
– Uzziah sought God and God made him successful (2 Chronicles 26:3-5)
– Uzziah conquered the Philistines, Arabians, Mehunims and Ammonites (2 Chronicles 26:6-8)
– Uzziah built and fortified towers at Corner Gate, Valley Gate and wall angle (2 Chronicles 26:9)
– Uzziah dug many cisterns for his livestock and he loved gardening (2 Chronicles 26:10)
– The army of Uzziah (2 Chronicles 26:11-15)
– Uzziah was proud and he entered into the temple to offer incense (2 Chronicles 26:16-18)
– God punished Uzziah with leprosy (2 Chronicles 26:19-20)
– Uzziah was leprous until the day he died and Jotham reigned in his place (2 Chronicles 26:21)
– Uzziah died and was buried in a field near the kings’ tombs because of his leprosy (2 Chronicles 26:22)
2 Chronicles 26 Summary
After Amaziah died, they crowned his son, Uzziah as king over Judah. Uzziah was 16 years old when he became the king of Judah. Uzziah reigned for 52 years in Judah. The mother of Uzziah was Jecoliah from Jerusalem. Uzziah rebuilt Elath and restored it back into the territory of Judah after Amaziah died. Zechariah instructed Uzziah to fear God and he did walked in God’s commandments. He sought God so God granted him success.
He destroyed the walls of the Philistines towns including Gath, Jabneh and Ashdod. Then, he rebuilt the towns near Ashdod. God helped Uzziah to defeat the Philistines and the Arabs in Gur Baal and the Mehunims. The Ammonites brought tribute to Uzziah. His name was famous up to the border of Egypt.
Uzziah built towers at Corner Gate, Valley Gate and wall angle. Later, he fortified the towers in the desert. He dug many cisterns in the desert because he owned a large number of livestock in the foothills and plain. His servants helped him to take care of the fields, vineyards in the hills, and fertile lands. Uzziah loved gardening.
Uzziah’s army was well trained. They are organized by divisions. There were 2,600 family leaders over the fighting men. There was a force of 307,500 armies. Uzziah supplied the fighting men with weapons such as spears, shields, helmets, armor coats, bows and sling stones.
Uzziah became proud of his success and he entered into the temple to offer incense by himself one day. The priest, Azariah and 8 other priests boldly entered into the temple with Uzziah. They rebuked Uzziah for offering incense in the temple because only the priests can do that and instructed him to leave the temple. Uzziah was angry and he expressed his anger towards them.
As Uzziah was raging over them, God struck Uzziah with leprosy on the forehead. The priests carried Uzziah out of the temple. Uzziah suffered from leprosy until the day of his death. He lived in a separate house because he was leprous. His son, Jotham, reigned in his place. When Uzziah died, he was buried in a field nearby to the king tombs which belonged to the kings because he had leprosy.
2 Chronicles 26 Bible Study
1. Seek God and you will find him
Uzziah sought God so God’s hand was with him and he had success. In whatever issue in your life, you must seek God and let him guide you. In Proverbs 3:5-6, you must trust in God and not lean on our own understand but acknowledge him so that he will make your path straight. In Psalm 69:32, those who seek God will rejoice and be glad. In Psalm 22:26, the poor who seek God will eat and be satisfied. They will praise God and their hearts will live forever. In Matthew 7:7, Jesus said ask and it will be given to you; Seek and you will find; Knock and the door will be opened to you.
2. Don’t be afraid to step up to do the right thing
The priest, Azariah, and eight other priests boldly entered the temple and rebuked King Uzziah for violating God’s commandment and trying to take over the priestly duty of offering incense before God. We should be bold in pointing out a sinner when he is wrong by using the word of God in the Bible. It is wrong to be silent and tolerate a person’s sin. Instead, you should pray for him if he refuse to repent. In 1 Timothy 5:20, you should rebuke those who persist in sinning so that others stand in fear. If you feel that some things are not right in accordance with God’s words, you should step up to point it out by using the word of God in the Bible (Matthew 18:15-17; Proverbs 27:5). In 2 Timothy 4:2, we must preach the word, be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke and exhort with patience and teaching. However, we should avoid rebuking an older man but encourage him like a father (1 Timothy 5:1).
3. Haughtiness comes before a downfall
Uzziah was proud about his successes. He entered into the temple to offer incenses on his own. This is a violation of God’s commandment, that only the priests should offer incense to him (1 Chronicles 6:49). Because Uzziah was vainglory, God struck him with leprosy for the rest of his life. He lived in a separate house and his son, Jotham reigned in his place. In 1 Corinthians 5:6, pride is no good. It is like a little leaven that work through the whole mass. Keeping pride in your heart will lead you to commit other sins, which will cause your downfall. In Proverbs 29:23, the pride of a man will bring him low but the humility of a man will bring him honor. In Proverbs 18:12, a man heart is proud before his downfall. Honor comes before a man who abased himself in humility. In Isaiah 2:17, the loftiness of a man will be brought law and bowed down and Yahweh alone will be exalted. We should give all glory to God in all things (1 Corinthians 10:31; Colossians 3:17; 1 Peter 4:11).