Reading through the Bible together
When Jotham came to the throne at the age of 25, he was likely still mourning his father Uzziah's death. In the last few weeks and months of his life, Uzziah, plagued by the debilitating effects of leprosy, became but a shadow of his former self. So weak was he that young Jotham took over the management of his household and presided over the affairs of the nation. As a king, Jotham "did what was right in the sight of the Lord according to all that his father Uzziah had done, but he entered not the temple of the Lord," (verse 2).
The little word “but” marks the line of distinction between Uzziah and Jotham. The former indulged pride; the latter was humble enough to fully obey His God; the former was presumptuous enough to defy God's clear orders regarding ministration in the sanctuary; the latter was wise enough to learn from his father's mistakes. May we equally learn from the lives of those who have gone before us, and not repeat their mistakes. We have been called to move forward, not to needlessly rewrite a sinful history.
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