July 3, 2017: SOAP #2769: Isaiah 6-7; 2Chronicles 26-27; Philemon Scripture:  2Chronicles (NIV) 26:16 But after [King] Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17 Azariah the priest with eighty [...]

July 3, 2017: SOAP #2769: Isaiah 6-7; 2Chronicles 26-27; Philemon

Scripture:  2Chronicles (NIV) 26:16 But after [King] Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the LORD his God, and entered the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense.
17 Azariah the priest with eighty other courageous priests of the LORD followed him in. 18 They confronted him and said, “It is not right for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the LORD. That is for the priests, the descendants of Aaron, who have been consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful; and you will not be honored by the LORD God.”
19 Uzziah, who had a censer in his hand ready to burn incense, became angry. While he was raging at the priests in their presence before the incense altar in the LORD's temple, leprosy broke out on his forehead.

Observation:    People who were not priests, including kings, were to stand aside while the priests took care of their responsibility.

It took courage for the priests to stand against King Uzziah.   Some priests had been killed for taking such a stand.   The limitations were of God and God enforced them.

Application:   Today there is a need for spiritual leaders to stand before political leaders and proclaim God's truth.   We must proclaim both the fullness of God's love and the blinding brilliance of God's holiness.   We must recognize and accept the limitations that God has set for our lives and nation.

Prayer:    Heavenly Father, you are the most loving being in all the universe, also the most holy.   Help me to see your limitations as protective, not restrictive.   Your limitations are expressions of Your love.      Amen            

Pastor Leon
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