Historical Commentary.– The long reign of Uzziah in the land of Judah and Benjamin was characterized by a prosperity greater than that known under any other ruler since the death of Solomon, nearly two centuries before. For many years the king ruled with discretion. With the blessing of Heaven his armies regained some of the territory that had been lost in previous years. Cities were rebuilt and fortified, and was greatly strengthened the position of the nation among the surrounding peoples. The trade was revived and flowed Jerusalem with the wealth of nation. Uzziah’s fame “spread far, he was marvelously helped, till he was strong.” 2 Chronicles 26:15. The sin that had such disastrous results for Uzziah was an act of presumption. Violating a clear order of Jehovah, that none but the descendants of Aaron should officiate as priest, the king entered the sanctuary “to burn incense on the altar.” PR 225.
Beware of Arrogance. – The arrogance comes from the Hebrew word that means to be haughty, proud, exalt, exalt, or “rise” above others. Uzziah boasted building their war machines, his powerful army and wealth, while all that had been given to him by God. To avoid falling into this sin, it is necessary to remember what God tells us: “You may say to yourself, “My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.” But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.” (Deut 8: 17,18).
Courage to face the sin of Uzziah. – At the height of his arrogance, Uzziah thought he could enter the holy place to burn incense, but 80 priests led by the high priest Azariah prevented this sacrilege. This audacity was punished at the moment with the disease of leprosy. SAD END FOR A KING, he could end his life in the most exalted of success, but that pride blinded him.
Dear merciful father, we pray that every accomplishments and successes that you grand us may serve to give praise honor and glory to you. Please remove all or self-sufficiency and pride. In the name of Jesus, amen.
By Dr. Franz Rios and Pablo J. Rios.