2 Chronicles 27
Jotham was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also was Jerushah, the daughter of Zadok.
2 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.
3 He built the high gate of the house of the Lord, and on the wall of Ophel he built much.
4 Moreover he built cities in the mountains of Judah, and in the forests he built castles and towers.
5 He fought also with the king of the Ammonites, and prevailed against them. And the children of Ammon gave him the same year an hundred talents of silver, and ten thousand measures of wheat, and ten thousand of barley. So much did the children of Ammon pay unto him, both the second year, and the third.
6 So Jotham became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God.
7 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all his wars, and his ways, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah.
8 He was five and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem.
9 And Jotham slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David: and Ahaz his son reigned in his stead.
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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