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The Kings of Isaiah

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The Kings of Isaiah

Isaiah 1:1; and 2 Chronicles 26 through 28

INTRODUCTION : In these chapters, we not only follow a succession of kings, we see grandfather, father, and son in succession.

I. King Uzziah – the Pain of Pride
(By God’s grace, he reigned longer (from age 16 to 68 years old, 52 years) and broader than David and Solomon.)
A. Priorities
1. He sought God and listened to the prophet, 26:5a, Zechariah, not the one who wrote the book.
2. He sought God and prospered, 26:5c
a. He was a fighter, 26:6 – 7, 11 – 14.
b. He was a fortifier, 26:9 & 15 – to shoot multiple arrows.
c. He was a farmer, 26:10.
When do we move from trusting God to trusting ourselves, 26:8 26:15?
B. Pride – before verse 16, God made him strong, now “he was strong,”
26:15e.
1. Like the Devil, he wanted to be god. He wanted to be the “divine king” as in Egypt
2. The depth of his sin is measured against Jesus not against the High Priest. Jesus is the only one qualified to be priest and king, Psa. 110:1 & 4.
3. No Aaronic Priest was to sit on the Davidic throne and no descendant of David was to offer sacrifice.
4. He was deliberately defying God.
5. Isaiah 6:1 & 5 – Why Isaiah said he was unclean. Uzziah died as a leper.

II. King Jotham – No Way without Worship
A. He did that which was right, 27:2.
B. He prepared his ways, 27:6. If our ways our prepared our hearts will be fixed, same Hebrew word.
1. Psalm 57:7 – since our heart is fixed we will sing and give praise
2. Psalm 112:7 – since our heart is fixed, we will trust.
3. Psalm 90:17 – since our heart is fixed, we will work.
C. He did not enter the Temple, 27:2. Was he honoring his earthly father or his heavenly Father?
D. People did corruptly, 27:2 – Isaiah 2:5 – 8, the six woes of Isaiah 5:1 – 7, Micah 1:1, & 2:1 – 3.

III. King Ahaz – the Cost of Compromise
A. Rejected God’s ways, 28: 2
B. Rejected God’s worship, 28:2b
1. Idols, 28:2b
2. Incense, 28:3a
3. Infanticide, 28:3b
C. Rejected God’s Warnings, 28:5a, 6b, & 7 – grown son killed
D. Rejected God’s Design, 2 Kings 16

CONCLUSION
There is a theme in the later part of 2 Chronicles that leads to captivity. The Hebrew word is ma’al it can be translated trespass but it equals unfaithfulness.
Uzziah was unfaithful, 2 Chronicles 26:16.
Ahaz decimates the Temple, 2 Chronicles 28:22ff.
The chief priests were unfaithful, 2 Chronicles 36:14.
God takes his worship very serious.

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