Showing posts from September, 2016

The Year Uzziah Died

Isaiah 6 [i] Uzziah died in approximately 742 B.C.  Uzziah was king in Jerusalem, ruling over the country of Judah.  He was a descendant of David.  However, in case one should think this made him perfect, he was also the great, great, great grandson of none other than Jezebel.  But, that is a different story for a different time.  Uzziah was the 10 th king of Judah after the nation of Israel divided. Uzziah became king at the age of 16, and he reigned 52 years.  The Bible says he did right in the eyes of the Lord, except he did not remove the high places and altars where people made sacrifices.  The Law of Moses was clear that there was to be one central place of worship for the whole nation.  (Deuteronomy 12)  This is one law that Uzziah did not adhere to nor did he enforce it as the ruler of his people. The story of his reign is an amazing success story.  He conquered the enemies surrounding his nation.  He expanded the nation’s territory, and elevated the

Our Expectations

2 Kings 5 [i] Leprosy terrorized humanity for millennia.  Before the age of antibiotics, leprosy was untreatable, incurable and terminal.  The disease started with skin lesions and insensitivity of the body’s extremities (fingers, toes and such), and progressed to disfigurement and death. Today, leprosy is considered curable and although approximately 180,000 cases exist in the world, it is considered rare.  In 2015, 63 cases of leprosy were diagnosed in the United States. [ii] In 1873, a doctor, named G. H. Armauer Hansen, discovered the bacterium that is the cause of leprosy.  As a result, the disease is now also known as “Hansen’s Disease.” [iii] The bacterium that causes leprosy can live in a person’s body for many years without causing any symptoms.  Therefore, leprosy has a long or unpredictable incubation period.  A person exposed to the disease may never develop symptoms or may develop symptoms 6 months, a year or 20 years after exposure.  Because of

A Still Small Voice

1 Kings 19:1-18 [i] Elijah was a man of God.  In 1 Kings 17, he announces a famine.  God is trying to get the attention of Israel.  Israel has been consistently unfaithful by worshipping idols and participating in religious practices that God never sanctioned.  In 1 Kings 18, Elijah takes on the king and the prophets of Baal in front of the whole nation of Israel.  He boldly challenges them to a contest to see who is the true God.                                                                                          The Lord God answers Elijah’s simple prayer with fire from heaven, demonstrating that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is the true God.  In response, the people proclaim that the Lord is God, and Elijah boldly takes charge and has the people of Israel slay all the prophets of Baal. Elijah has won.  The people have acknowledged that the Lord is God.  (1 Kings 18:39)  Therefore, Elijah prays for rain, and God sends rain.  Elijah warned Ahab of the comi

What Does It Take?

King David and then his son Solomon led Israel to be a great and powerful nation.  Under their leadership, Israel grew to be one of the most powerful nations in that region. However, Solomon was unfaithful and worshipped idols.  Therefore, God judged Solomon, took 10 of Israel’s tribes and gave them to another dynasty.  Israel became two nations.  The 10 tribes became what is known as the northern kingdom or Israel.  The tribe left to David’s line became what is known as the southern kingdom, or Judah.  The map of Israel now looked like this: [i] When God took the northern kingdom away from Solomon’s son, He gave it to a man name Jeroboam.  Here is what God told Jeroboam: ‘I am about to tear the kingdom from the hand of Solomon, and I will give ten of the tribes to you!   32 But I will leave him one tribe for the sake of my servant David and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel.   33 For Solomon has abandoned me and wors