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2 Kings 15: Azariah Reigns in Judah

Azariah, also called Uzziah, was a skilled warrior and good ruler,  Presumptuously, he wanted to accumulate the role of a king and priest

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Azariah, also called Uzziah, was a skilled warrior and good ruler,  Presumptuously, he wanted to accumulate the role of a king and priest, desobeying the Mosiaic Requirements, which said theat only the authorized priests would enter the Holy Place and burn incense to God.

In this manner, he did not know how to live within God’s standards established in the Scriptures, nor did he know how to respect those who had a different role from his.

As a consequence of his pride, he became leprous and had to live isloated for the reast of his life. Unlike Azariah, whose who have the Direction of the Hoy Spirit are successful in ther leadership because they are humble and act righteously. Their conduct shows respect for everone, including those under their authority.

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Jeremiah 21: Jerusalem’s Doom Is Sealed

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God against His people. King Zedekiah, in the face of imminent Babylonian invasion of Jerusalem, expected the Most High to help him defeat his enemies.

Well, the people of Judah did the opposite of God’s will and now they wanted His protection and help.

“Perhaps the Lord will deal with us according to all His wonderful works.”

This was the king’s desire, but he and the people were more concerned about being delivered from their why they received a big “No” for an answer and also heard from the prophet that the most High would fight against them with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger and fury and great wrath!

The indignation of the Lord against Judah was so deep that He called Nebuchadnezzar “My servant” to complete that mission (25:9). It is foolish to disobey the Most High, for those who oppose Him become His enemy, and this means having no chance to prevail (Isa. 42.13).

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Zechariah 3: Vision of the High Priest

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In the fourth vision, the interpreter angel shows him a courtroom: the high priest Joshua represents the nation of Israel, who is the defendant; the Angel of the Lord is the defense Lawyer; Satan, to the right of the defendant, is the accuser of his sins (represented by filthy garments); and the Lord is the Righteous Judge. The unclean garments of the priest represented the rebellion of Israel.

After listening to the defense Lawyer intercede on this behalf and considering the promises made to Abraham, the Righteous Judge decided to forgive Israel and rebuke Satan.

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Jeremiah 20: The Word of God to Pashhur

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Pashhur was a common name at the time and also a title indicating a high position inside of the Temple. The son of the priest immer had this title, which meant that he was a descendant of an important lineage of priests from the time of David (1 Chron. 24.14).

Pashhur used his authority to order the guards of the silence to prophet by condemning him hastily, for he was denouncing the sins of the religious leaders.

Jeremiah was arrested, beaten, and put on the stocks to be tortured, but he remained steadfast.

So not even all the suffering, injustices, and mistreatments were able to make the prophet’s faithfulness and zeal diminish.

On the contrary, he was courageous to raise his voice and say that everyone was on their way to destruction. As for the unrighteous Pashhur, he attracted the wrath of God. In addition to going into captivity, he, his family, and friends were violently killed (v.4).

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