The rulers of Judah after Jehoshaphat were as thoroughly flawed as the rulers of Israel, until the time of Uzziah (or Azariah), who reigned in Jerusalem for five decades (15). Like Solomon before him, Uzziah accomplished many wonderful things during the early years of his reign. God made him prosper because he continually sought to honor God as his king.
But later, again like Solomon before him, Uzziah began to assume credit for his accomplishments, rather than giving credit to God. For abuses of Temple worship, God sternly disciplined Uzziah.
Uzziah was succeeded as king of Judah by his son, Jotham. During his 16-year reign, Jotham continued many good things initiated by his father.
But Jotham would not enter the Temple, perhaps fearing that he, too, might be disciplined by God as his father had been. This lack of leadership was interpreted by his subjects as permission to live corruptly rather than to seek God’s holiness.
Hezekiah was the next God-fearing king of Judah. In the first years of his reign, Hezekiah cleansed the Temple of God in Jerusalem; then he restored the Levitical priesthood & the worship of God — including the keeping of Passover, to remember how God had delivered the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt during the time of Moses.
Subsequently, Hezekiah trusted God for victory over Assyrian invaders of Judah. But ultimately, in an all-too-familiar pattern, Hezekiah began to assume credit for God’s mighty acts, so that God eventually withdrew his favor from the king.
Sustaining God, please help me to love being sustained by You alone.
(15) 2 Kings 8-20, 2 Chronicles 21-32