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DumaKey1212
Jan 14th 2009, 01:41 AM
I was reading the Bible the other day and this is the part where all of the kings are being described of Judah and Israel. A king of Judah named Azariah, son of Amaziah, in the line of David, does good in the eyes of the Lord. However, he doesn't remove "the high places" (I don't know what this means) and people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. Many kings before him in his line of David did good in the eyes of the Lord, however they didn't remove the high places either. The exception with Azariah is that God strikes him with leprosy unlike any of his previous counterparts. Does anyone have an explanation as to why God does this to him and not to anyone else? Thank you for your help.

ZDOxcar
Jan 14th 2009, 02:12 AM
Hi:

Kings & Chronicles are companion books. Please read 2 Chronicles 26:16-21 where further details of his leprosy condition are explained.

Please note that King Uzziah is the same as King Azariah (the difference in names is most likely due to one is his birth name and the other his throne name)

"High places" is a reference to altars set up to foreign gods (which were initially started by King Solomon)

Walstib
Jan 14th 2009, 03:38 PM
HI ZDOxcar and ,DumaKey1212

Wecome! I encourage you both post over in the intro forum here (http://bibleforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=19)


"High places" is a reference to altars set up to foreign gods (which were initially started by King Solomon)

Just a point that the places of pagan worship and incense burning were around before King Solomon and it was not him who started them. But I believe he was the first king to participate in the rituals at them.

A couple early examples are Lev 26:30, Num 22:41, Dut 12:2. The nation had been told by God to destroy them all, this would come into the reasoning why the kings who did not do this were in the wrong.

Peace,
Joe

Steve M
Jan 14th 2009, 03:59 PM
HI ZDOxcar and ,DumaKey1212

Wecome! I encourage you both post over in the intro forum here (http://bibleforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=19)



Just a point that the places of pagan worship and incense burning were around before King Solomon and it was not him who started them. But I believe he was the first king to participate in the rituals at them.

A couple early examples are Lev 26:30, Num 22:41, Dut 12:2. The nation had been told by God to destroy them all, this would come into the reasoning why the kings who did not do this were in the wrong.

Peace,
Joe
Very true... the tribe of Dan especially, it is noted, was involved from the start to the end.

And let me just post the relevant verses here...

16But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the LORD his God, for he entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.

17Then Azariah the priest entered after him and with him eighty priests of the LORD, valiant men.

18They opposed Uzziah the king and said to him, "It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful and will have no honor from the LORD God."

19But Uzziah, with a censer in his hand for burning incense, was enraged; and while he was enraged with the priests, the leprosy broke out on his forehead before the priests in the house of the LORD, beside the altar of incense.

20Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous on his forehead; and they hurried him out of there, and he himself also hastened to get out because the LORD had smitten him.

21King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death; and he lived in a separate house, being a leper, for he was cut off from the house of the LORD. And Jotham his son was over the king's house judging the people of the land.

Note that Saul before him trod on the line between king and priest.... with similar results.

Also note the similarity with Dathan, Abiram, and Korah.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Numbers%2016;&version=31;

8 Moses also said to Korah, "Now listen, you Levites! 9 Isn't it enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the LORD's tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them? 10 He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too.

Something we should note. Sometimes we can seek to have something higher than what God has called us to, and that is a problem.

Also, there are two kings who did attack the high places and the worship of idols in Israel. Of note is this fellow...

2 Kings 18
Hezekiah King of Judah
1 In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother's name was Abijah [a] daughter of Zechariah. 3 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done. 4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan. [c] )

5 Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. [B]There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him

If you're just studying all the way through, be sure to take extra time when you're studying him...