Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Single Sin

2 Chronicles 27:2 KJV
And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his father Uzziah did: howbeit he entered not into the temple of the LORD. And the people did yet corruptly.

There is a hint of the repercussions of the sins of the fathers.
Uzziah, though the Bible says did right, yet sinned in his later days by offering incense that only the priests should have offered. When he grew angry at their rebuke God smote him with leprosy. Though he lived many years more, his son ruled in his place as he was in a leper colony.

When his son, Jotham, did become king, the Bible says he did right before God, just as his father did, "howbeit he entered not into the temple of the Lord." He held a grudge against the house of God and never entered it.*

Then, when his son became king, he had nothing to do with God at all; going deeper and deeper into sin the more God chastened him for his sin.

A father, who in all other respects was a good king, led to the utter destruction of his grandson through a single sin.

*I acknowledge that many commentaries say the proper interpretation is that he did everything his father did, except the sin of offering incense in the Temple of the Lord. Grant me this interpretation for the sake of the point I wish to make. I take the sense to mean that he did right before the Lord as his father did, except he refused to acknowledge the place of the Temple in the worship of the Lord. That sense is upheld by the result of a son whose heart was so completely opposed to the Lord.

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