TEXT: 2 KINGS 15:1-12.
🔑KEY VERSE “In the thirty and eight year of Azariah king of Judah did Zechariah the son of Jeroboam reign over Israel in Samaria six months” (2 KINGS 15:8).

Matthew Henry said, “The greatest of men are not only subject to the common calamities, but also to the common infirmities of human nature; and, if they be guilty of any heinous sin, they lie as open as the meanest to the most grievous strokes of divine vengeance.” And because sin is like leprosy, even kings are not immune trom its effects.

Our passage today tells us the stories of two kings, one in Judah and the other in Israel. The first is Azariah (also known as Uzziah) the son of King Amaziah of Judah who reigned for fifty-two years in Jerusalem. He started as a good king “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Amaziah had done” (2 Kings 15:3). The book of 2 Chronicles chapter 26 gives more details of his prowess and achievements. However, in today’s reading no such information is given to us except about the leprosy that affected him. The Bible says God smote him with leprosy till his death. He started so well but ended poorly. The second king, Zechariah the son of Jeroboam, reigned only for six months over Israel. He started as a bad king and ended still a bad king. He was assassinated by Shallum, who took over the kingdom after his death.

The story of the two kings reminds us of the reality of divine judgment awaiting everyone. Kings wield such great power that they could assume they are beyond divine rebuke. A leper is a leper, even if he becomes a king. As Azariah was unceremoniously bundled out of the palace, so will God remove every leper from His presence.

The only solution to treating the sin of leprosy is through repentance and confessions of sin to the Lord Jesus. He is the Lamb of God who died to take away the sins of the world. Anyone, big or small, who comes to Him in humility, will receive pardon and cleansing from stains and blemishes of sins.

✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Sin destroys; Jesus delivers.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR PROVERBS 1-3.

MEDITATION

Be a student of history?

  1. Azariah, also called Uzziah, was the son of Amaziah who was assassinated because of the evils he did on the throne. His grandfather, Joash, also was assassinated because of the evils he committed on the throne, 12:20, 14:19,20. Azariah followed the same path, 15:5 . Did he learn any lesson from history, at least from his fathers’ experiences?
  2. Azariah started well and was helped of God until success enter his head and lost his relationship with God. Exactly the same thing with his father, 14:6,7,8, 15:3, 5. Did he learn from history of pride after success?
  3. Azariah/Uzziah was always obedient to the prophets of the day, including Isaiah, when he started reigning and was prospered as long as he obeyed those prophets. But when pride entered, he rejected the prophets/priests and even threatened them. He ended woefully, Isaiah 6:1, 2 Chronicles 26:5, 15-21. He did not learn from his father, Amaziah, who did exactly the same thing and ended woefully, 2 Kings 14:3,11, 2 Chronicles 25:14-16,27. He refused to learn from history.
  4. Azariah retained the hills of compromise and sin rather than destroying them. His father did exactly the same thing, 15:3, 14:4. Did he learn his lesson from history and seek to improve on where his father failed? NO.
    Note History is the greatest teacher after from the Holy Spirit. History contains the compendium of the good, the bad and the ugly activities and experiences of many that lived at a particular period of time as against the experience of a single person. A single person’s experience cannot be the greatest teacher but at best a great teacher. God has given us rich historical documents of godly and ungodly people that lived in a period spanning 1600 years in the Bible to learn from, Romans 15:4. God knows the importance of History. Make efforts to prayerfully read, study and learn time-tested lessons from the Bible characters if you want to be helped “marvellously” and end well.
    Q Have you been diligently reading and learning from the records of the Bible which is only truth and nothing but the truth?
    Q Do you take time to learn from the failure and the success of others or you don’t mind falling into the same ditch they fell into? Quotes
    “The lesson of history is that no one learns from history” -George Santayana🤔
    Quote Your character is a reflection of someone who lived in history. “There is no new thing under heaven.” “History repeats itself”.
    Prayer points
    Lord, I hereby resolve to take the Bible, and give myself to its study, as my greatest teacher with the help of the Holy Spirit. So help me God🙏
    Lord, give me the Spirit of wisdom and understanding to be learning life lessons from your word🙏
    Help me Lord not to be foolish and careless as to fall into the same ditch others ahead me of have fallen into🙏
    Lord, give your people the heart of a true and wise learner of your word🙏

HYMN O brother life’s journey beginning