King Azariah of Judah was also known as Uzziah. InHebrew, the name Uzziah means “Yahweh is mystrength.” Uzziah held the second longest tenure as aJudah’s monarchy and ruled for fifty-two years. Hismother was Jecoliah, who was from Jerusalem.Uzziah’s father, King Amaziah was assassinated after amilitary disaster, and so Uzziah was to take his fathersplace.
Uzziah becameJudah’s eleventhking when he wasonly sixteenyears old. Forthis reason, hewasconsiderablyunderestimated.Early in his roleas king, he wasvictorious overall of their
He had militarysuccesses againstthe Philistines,the Gurbaal, theMehunims, andthe Ammonites.After a longdecline, Uzziahstrengthened andinfluenced thekingdom almostas much Israel’sin the days ofDavid and
He was an ableruler and “hisname spreadabroad, even tothe entering in ofEgypt” (2Chronicles 26:8-14).Under the prophetZechariah, he wasvery faithful toGod, and “did thatwhich was right inthe sight of the
Uzziah was an inventor. Hemade machines designedby skillful men. Thesemachines were made forthe use on towers and onthe corner defenses toshoot arrows and hurlstones for protectionagainst enemies. Heorganized an army of307,500 men. Uzziah’sideas of creations andinventions were veryexpansive. Uzziah wasresponsible for beingactive in agriculture,digging wells, and
Uzziah’s pride and successfulness eventuallylead to his downfall. He grew to provehimself unfaithful to God. The king’s prideblinded him to humanity. He sinned against theLord by burning incense on the altar of theTemple. This was the job of a priest, and notfor a king.
Eighty-onepriests went tohim and warnedhim of thiswrongdoing,saying, “It is notright for youUzziah, to burnincense to theLORD. That is forthe priests, thedescendants ofAaron, who havebeen consecrated
The High Priest went in after him and demanded him toget out. Uzziah refused to follow the priest’s ordersand kept holding the incense burner. Suddenly, a greatearthquake shook the ground. The temple split andrays of sun light shined through it, falling onto theking’s face. As the rays beamed his face, leprosyappeared on his forehead. This event showed the Lord’s
No leprous personwas allowed in thetemple, so thepriests urged theunclean king toleave. In a panic,Uzziah fled and hisson Jotham tookhis place. Uzziahnever recoveredfrom leprosy. Heremained inseclusion until he
Uzziah’ssuccess,prosperity,andaccomplishments were alllost because ofhis refusing tofollow God’scommands.True success isfound in