It's A Family Thing
Posted: Saturday, June 29
2 Kings 15-16
Verse of the day
“He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight, just as his father, Amaziah, had done. But he did not destroy the pagan shrines, and the people still offered sacrifice and burned incense there.”
(2 Kings 15: 3-4)
We have a lot in common with our family. Whether its the way we look, certain mannerisms we share, personality ticks, or other random things, who we are as individuals is often greatly affected by our family that came before us. This can be very good if we were given a Godly example to follow. There are many things that I look up to my parents and grandparents for in the example they set before me. However, just as strengths can be passed down, weaknesses can as well.
In Uzziah’s story, we see two things that were passed down from his father Amaziah. The first which is directly shown here, is that like his father, he was a good king in God’s eyes, but he didn’t quite go far enough. He stopped short of completely removing the pagan gods that the people of Judah were worshipping. Of course this wrong choice was absolutely Uzziah’s to make, but we can see the example that was set before him, and why he was more likely to make that choice.
A few verses later we see that Uzziah was struck with leprosy. While the reason is not given here, it is in 2 Chronicles where we see that he broke the Lord’s instruction to not burn incense where only the priests were allowed. However, Uzziah’s pride got the better of him and he broke that command which lead to his eventual downfall. In a similar way, looking back at his father Amaziah’s story, we see that his downfall was also because of pride. He fought a war he should not have, and lost leading to the people of Judah losing faith in him as their king. This shows how important it is to be aware of both the successes and the failures of those before us. Whether it is a personality trait that is a strength or weakness in our character, or an action that is natural to our family, it is crucial to think about how God would view the actions of those before us, and how our actions might be perceived by the next generation.