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Trip 560:  Sin of Uzziah; Death of Uzziah (740/739 B.C.); Call of Isaiah (740/739 B.C.)

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:  __2 Chronicles 26:16-20     __2 Kings 15:5-7     __Isaiah 6

Focal verse(s):  2 Chronicles 26:16:  “But when he (Uzziah) became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God, for he entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.”

Unfortunately the successes and power Uzziah gained also caused his ego to swell and he stopped depending upon God.  He even performed the priestly duty of offering incense in the temple, strictly forbidden by God.  As a result God caused him to become a leper and he had to be quarantined until the day he died.  After he became a leper, Uzziah co-ruled with his son Jotham until his death in 739 B.C.  Uzziah had been one of Judah’s most influential kings because he expanded its territories and reorganized its army.  Like so many of those kings before him, he became proud and paid the price by receiving God’s punishment.  The year Uzziah died Isaiah had a vision from God in which he saw God high and lifted up and seated on a throne, with the train of His robe filling the temple.  Isaiah responded to the dream in confession of sin and God cleansed him and gave him a message to preach to Judah.  Notice that God did not give him the message to preach until after he had confessed his sins and been cleansed by God.  In order to be greatly used of God, we must be clean vessels.  Confess your sins to Him today and ask the Lord to use you for His glory!  

 
 

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Trip 559:  Kingship of Uzziah (Azariah-792-739 B.C.); Greatness of Uzziah

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __2 Kings 15:1-15

Focal verse(s):  2 Chronicles 26:15:  “In Jerusalem he (Uzziah) made machines designed by skillful men for use on the towers and on the comer defenses to shoot arrows and hurl large stones.  His fame spread far and wide, for he was greatly helped until he became powerful.”

Uzziah, also known as Azariah, was another one of the good kings who reigned in Judah.  He first served as king while his father Amaziah was a prisoner in Israel, next as co-ruler when his father returned, and finally as sole ruler after his father’s death.  Although he was a good ruler, he failed to remove all the places of Baal worship.  God blessed Azariah’s faithfulness with military successes against the Philistines, Meunites, Ammonites, and Arabs.  Uzziah rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem and fortified them with towers as well as developing the agriculture of the nation. Militarily, he pioneered the use of advanced weapons such as catapults which would hurl large stones and arrows much farther distances.  Once again a king had come along in Judah who served God.  Would he do as so many others before him and turn away from God later in his rule?  Learn the outcome in our next devotional trip.  Until then, make sure that you aren’t turning away from God by becoming self-sufficient and not trusting Him for your every need! The following poem, entitled, “The God Who Is Enough”, reminds us of this principle of trusting in God: “It is far, far better to let Him choose the way that we should take; if only we leave our lives to Him He will guide without mistake.  We, in our blindness, would never choose a pathway dark and rough, and so we should ever find in Him, ‘The God Who Is Enough’.” *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 1526, #6933.

 
 

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Trip 558:  War between Judah and Israel (782 B.C.); Crowning of Azariah; Death of Amaziah (767 B.C.)

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:  __2 Kings 14:8-14     __

Focal verse(s):  But Amaziah would not listen.  So Jehoash king of Israel went up; and he and Amaziah king of Judah faced each other at Beth-shemesh, which belongs to Judah.”

Amaziah decided to attack Israel because it was weak after suffering defeats at the hands of Hazael.  Jehoash, king of Israel, sent a warning to Amaziah in the form of a parable about thistles and cedars, meaning that Amaziah was the thistle and Israel was the cedar who would crush it. Ignoring the warning, Amaziah decided even more strongly to go to war with Israel, but Jehoash launched a surprise attack on Judah, defeated them and took Amaziah prisoner.  The Israelites further attacked Jerusalem, knocked down much of the city walls, plundered the remaining temple treasures, and brought captives back to Samaria.  When the Judeans discovered their king Amaziah had been taken captive, they crowned his 16 year old son Azariah king.  After Jehoash died and Amaziah returned to Judah, he co-reigned with his son for nearly 23 years until there was a conspiracy against him and he fled to Lachish, but he was killed there…so the curse upon Amaziah for rejecting God’s prophet was complete. Because of turning away from God, Amaziah suffered military defeat, spent several years as a prisoner in Israel, and was finally driven out of office and killed.  Another ugly ending to a life that had so much potential for bringing glory and honor to the Lord!  Remember just how much your life influences others.  The following poem, “My Influence” says it well: “My life will touch a dozen lives before this day is done, leave countless marks of good or ill, ever sets the evening sun.  This, the wish I always wish, the prayer I always pray; Lord, may my life help other lives it touches by the way. *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 736, #3096.

 
 

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Trip 557:  Kingship of Amaziah (796-767 B.C.); Execution of Assassins (796 B.C.); Defeat of Edom

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __2 Kings 14:1-7     __2 Chronicles 25:5-16

Focal verse(s):  2 Chronicles 25:9:  “Amaziah asked the man of God, ‘But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?’  The man of God replied, The Lord can give you much more than that’.

After Joash’s death, his son Amaziah began to reign in Judah.  Like his father Joash, he worshipped God but did not remove all of the places of Baal worship in Judah.  He reigned for a total of 29 years, some of which were interrupted when he was taken away as a foreign captive, during which time his son Azariah reigned.  In obedience to Mosaic Law, he left the judgment of his father’s assassins to the Lord so as not to commit murder.  Amaziah almost made the same mistake as King Jehoshaphat in allying with the Israelites before a battle.  However, God sent a prophet to warn him and he wisely chose not to hire the 100,000 Israel soldiers to whom he had already given a down payment.  Even though he lost a lot of money, God blessed him and gave him a great victory over the Edomites.  However, as part of the plunder from that victory, Amaziah brought back to Judah some of the Edomites’ false gods and even set them up to for worship.  God sent a prophet to the king to warn him of God’s punishment, but Amaziah threatened to kill the man of God.  It appeared that Amaziah would not make the same mistake as his forefathers when he turned away from the alliance plans with Israel, but then he fell into the same pattern by turning to false gods.  The only hope for any man to stay on track with God is through a rigorous daily spiritual “workout” consisting of confession of sin, Bible study, and worship of God!  Read the following to see if your life qualifies you to be on the list of “God’s Ten Most Wanted”: (1) The man who puts God’s business above any other; (2) The man who brings his children to church rather than sending them; (3) The man who is willing to be the right example to every boy he meets; (4) The man who thinks more of his Sunday School class than he does his Sunday sleep; (5) The man who measures his giving by what he has left rather than by the amount he gives; (6) The man who goes to church for Christ’s sake rather than for himself or someone else; (7) The man who has passion to help rather than be helped; (8) The man who can see his own faults before he sees the faults of others; (9) The man who stands firm in his convictions, based on the Word of God, i.e. a ”backbone” Christian; (10) The man who is more concerned about winning souls for Christ than he is about winning honor. *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 737, #3103.

 
 

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Trip 555:  Repairing the Temple (812 B.C.)

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __2 Kings 12:4-16

Focal verse(s):  2 Kings 12:4:  “Joash said to the priests, ‘Collect all the money that is brought as sacred offerings to the temple of the Lord …”

One of the first things the child king Joash did was to repair Solomon’s temple, which had become severely run down during the reigns of the previous ungodly rulers.  In order to raise money for the project, Jehoida the high priest obtained a large chest (which Bible scholars often refer to as “the chest of Joash”) to be used specifically to take up offerings for the temple renovation project.  As long as Jehoida the high priest was alive, he served as Joash’s teacher and chief advisor and the king ruled in a godly and righteous manner.  However, after Jehoida died Joash began to take ungodly counsel and turned away from the Lord in the latter part of his reign.  When the people recommitted their lives to God they gave liberally to His work.  Someone once said if you want to know the true condition of a person’s heart, observe how they spend their money.  A survey showed that Americans give 3.5 billion to their churches, but spend over 150 billion a year on pleasure, including $145 billion on liquor, $5 billion for TV and audio, $3 billion for boats, and $1.5 billion for music. *   Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there will be your heart also.” (Matthew 6:21)

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 1011, #4398.

 
 

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Trip 554:  Death of Athaliah (835 B.C.); Kingship of Joash (835-796 B.C.)

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __2 Kings 11:13 through 2 Kings 12:3

Focal verse(s):  2 Kings 11:20:  “and all the people of the land rejoiced.  And the city was quiet, because Athaliah had been slain with the sword at the palace.

When Athaliah heard the people cheering and celebrating, she found out Joash had been made king and immediately Jehoida the high priest ordered her arrested.  Jezebel’s daughter, the most evil woman in the entire Bible, was then put to death.  The people next made a recommitment to the covenant of God and tore down the temple where Baal was worshipped, destroying its idols and altars.  Joash was only 7 years old when he became king of Judah and he reigned for 40 years.  He was a godly king, but his main fault was not being able to remove all of the Baal worship from Judah.  The high priest Jehoida had a great influence on him and as long as Jehoida was alive, Joash followed the Lord, leading his people in the ways of righteousness.  Because Judah had many more godly kings than Israel, the worship of Baal and other pagan gods was never as strong in Judah as in the Northern Kingdom.  God always protects those who show loyalty to Him.  Are there some “Baals” in your life today that need to be tom down, such as questionable books, music, internet, television or movie choices?  Do some “house cleaning” in your personal life today for the Lord!

 
 

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Trip 553:  Rule of Queen Athaliah (841-835 B.C.); Treachery of Athaliah (841 B.C.); Preservation of Joash (841-835 B.C.)

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __2 Kings 11:1-12

Focal verse(s):  2 Kings 11:1:  “When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she proceeded to destroy the whole royal family.”

After Ahaziah was slain by Jehu, his mother Athaliah quickly moved to take the throne by doing the unthinkable deed of having all of her grandsons killed so there would be no male descendants left to rule!  However, God was not going to allow her to be able to break the promised bloodline to the Messiah, so He spared the life of one of the grandsons from the massacre and used Ahaziah’s sister, Jehosheba, to take the surviving one year old baby named Joash and hide him in the temple for 6 years.  When Joash was 7 years old Jehoida the high priest called together the army generals and others who were all disloyal to the wicked queen and showed them little Joash, the rightful heir to the throne.  Through an elaborate plan they completely outwitted Athaliah and crowned Joash king as the people shouted and clapped their approval.  Satan had tried to cut off the bloodline of the coming Christ by using the demon possessed Athaliah to execute all the male heirs to the throne, but once again God had intervened to help assure man’s redemption from sin!  The great preacher of the nineteenth century, Charles Spurgeon, said, “Morality may keep you out of jail, but it takes the blood of Jesus Christ to keep you out of hell.* The reason why Satan tried so hard to stop the bloodline of Jesus was because he knew that only through the shed blood of God’s son could man ever be redeemed!

* “Charles Spurgeon Quotes”, page 23 [http://christian-quotes.ochristian.com/Charles-Spurgeon-Quotes/page-23.shtml]

 
 

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