2 Chronicles 26:1
NASB - 1 And all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in the place of his father Amaziah.
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King Uzziah ruled in Jerusalem for 52 years but spent his final years under the curse of leprosy for his sacrilege in the temple (2 Chron. 26:16-20). During Uzziah’s famous reign, an earthquake was reported to have occurred (Zech 14:5). It is also instructive to note that Uzziah’s reign was largely a godly reign save for his disobedience in burning incense in the Temple against the Mosaic Law, an act of pride perhaps because of his great commercial and military successes (2Chronicles 26:16-20). His son Jotham learnt from the mistake of his father and kept away from the profanity of burning incense at the Temple. Notice the declaration of the Chronicler in 2 Chronicles 26:4 concerning him which says “And he did right in the sight of the LORD according to all that his father Amaziah had done.” This suggests that Uzziah was largely a righteous King and his reign compared well with that of his father King Amaziah. These historical facts therefore strongly refute the wrongful interpretation that Uzziah was so evil that only in his death was God’s revelation made possible to his people. The mention of Uzziah’s death was a just a historical fact which enabled the recipient of the Prophet’s writing to estimate the period of Isaiah’s encounter with God
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