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Uzziah

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One of the best known passages in the Old Testament is in the book of the prophet Isaiah. It begins, “In the year that King Uzziah died”. Isaiah 6:1

Who was King Uzziah?

He is referred to by three different names. He was King Azariah, crowned at the age of sixteen years. 2 Kings 14:21. He is also known as Ozias, the name by which he is listed in the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1:8-9 in the KIng James Version of the New Testament..

What else is known about Uzziah?

His reign was over Judah during the time that Israel and Judah were separate kingdoms.

He was one of the “good” kings, recorded as having rebuilt Elath and restored it to Judah.  He also carried out other building projects.

He reigned for 52 years. At first he looked to the Lord for guidance and God gave him success. However, his success in war made him powerful and proud. 2 Chronicles 26 gives a potted history of his life. His disobedience had physical consequences. He had leprosy from the time of his disobedient act to the end of his life.

His reign overlapped with the life of prophet Isaiah. (Isaiah prophesied during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah.)

This year for the A to Z Challenge I have taken my 2013 Challenge as a starting point for most of the posts. I have written a post based around something or usually someone from the Bible. Sometimes it is a fictional story, for example when I have added some back stories (as a writing exercise). Sometimes it is a summary.

 I hope my readers will be challenged to consider the original texts in more depth. (If only to discover what liberties I have taken with them!)

My U post for 2013 ends with Uzziah. For more about Kings and Questions, please see my earlier posts for this year’s challenge.

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Kings

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There are lots of stories about kings in the Bible. A king to be mentioned in the first book of the Old Testament is Melchizedek, King of Salem. At first the people of Israel did not have a king like the nations around them. God was their king. Judges were appointed to rule under God and to settle disputes between the people. It is interesting to note that one of these judges was a woman, Deborah. According to the book of Judges, she was chosen by God in a list of other well-known characters, including Gideon and Samson. A female ruler!

The people of Israel rebelled against God and asked for a king. Through the prophet Samuel, God spoke to them about his displeasure, but allowed them to have kings, the first being Saul and the second the famous King David. There are two books of Kings in the Old Testament. They tell the history of the good and bad kings of Israel and of Judah.

King David was an ancestor of Jesus Christ, who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

This year for the A to Z Challenge I have taken my 2013 Challenge as a starting point for most of the posts. I have written a post based around something or usually someone from the Bible. Sometimes it is a fictional story, for example when I have added some back stories (as a writing exercise). Sometimes it is a summary.

I hope my readers will be challenged to consider the original texts in more depth. (If only to discover what liberties I have taken with them!)

My K post from 2013