Thoughts and Reflection
Today in the readings we learn that there is an alliance between Jehoram (the king of Isreal), Jehoshaphat (king of Judah), and a king of Edom to go to war with Moab. The armies run out of water and Elisha performs a miracle. In the early morning, the Moabites see the sun rising up over the water and they think it is blood and believe their enemies have killed each other. In the end the allied armies defeat Moab.
We also read about Uzziah, who is a new king at sixteen and reigns over Judah for 52 years. Uzziah is a good king at first but starts to offer incense in the sacred place. He is warned not to do so. As a punishment he contracts leprosy.
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2 Kings 3
3 Nonetheless, he continued to practise the sins into which Jeroboam son of Nebat had led Israel and did not give them up.
6 At once King Jehoram left Samaria and mustered all Israel.
7 After this he sent word to the king of Judah, ‘The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go to war with me against Moab?’ ‘I will,’ he replied. ‘I will be as you, my men as yours, my horses as yours,’
8 and added, ‘Which way are we to attack?’ ‘Through the desert of Edom,’ the other answered.
9 So they set out, the king of Israel, the king of Judah and the king of Edom. They carried out a flanking movement for seven days, until there was no water left for the troops or for the beasts of their baggage train.
11 But the king of Judah said, ‘Is there no prophet of Yahweh here for us to consult Yahweh through him?’ One of the king of Israel’s servants answered, ‘Elisha son of Shaphat is here, who used to pour water on the hands of Elijah.’
12 ‘The word of Yahweh is with him,’ the king of Judah said. So the king of Israel, the king of Judah and the king of Edom went to consult him.
13 But Elisha said to the king of Israel, ‘What business have you with me? Go to your father’s and your mother’s prophets.’ ‘No,’ the king of Israel answered, ‘Yahweh is the one who has summoned us three kings, only to put us into the power of Moab.’ Elisha replied,
15 Now bring me someone who can play the lyre.’ And as the musician played, the hand of Yahweh came on him
18 But this is only a trifle in Yahweh’s eyes, for he will put Moab itself into your power.
19 You will storm every fortified town, fell every productive tree, block every water-hole, ruin all the best fields with stones.’
20 Next morning at the time when the oblation was being offered, water came from the direction of Edom, and the whole terrain was flooded.
21 When the Moabites learned that the kings were advancing to fight them, all those of an age to bear arms were mobilised; they took up position on the frontier.
23 ‘This is blood!’ they said. ‘The kings must have fought among themselves and killed one another. So now for the booty, Moab!’
24 But when they reached the Israelite camp, the Israelites launched their attack and the Moabites fled before them, and as they advanced they cut the Moabites to pieces.
25 They laid the towns in ruins, and each man threw a stone into all the best fields to fill them up, and they blocked every water-hole and felled every productive tree. In the end, there was only Kir-Hareseth left, which the slingers surrounded and bombarded.
26 When the king of Moab saw that the battle had turned against him, he mustered seven hundred swordsmen in the hope of breaking a way out and going to the king of Aram, but he failed.
2 Chronicles 26
1 All the people then chose Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in succession to his father Amaziah.
3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he came to the throne and he reigned for fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem.
10 He built towers in the desert too, and dug many storage-wells, for he had large herds in the lowlands and on the tableland, and farmers and vine dressers in the hills and fertile lands: for he loved the land.
11 Uzziah had a trained army ready to go on campaign, organised in companies manned as detailed by the scribe Jeiel and the staff-officer Maaseiah, and commanded by Hananiah one of the king’s generals.
15 He also erected expertly contrived devices for the towers and angles of Jerusalem from which to shoot arrows and drop large stones. His fame spread far and wide, for he was miraculously helped to become strong.
18 confronting King Uzziah, they said to him, ‘Uzziah, you are not allowed to burn incense to Yahweh; only the Aaronite priests consecrated for the purpose may burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful and will have no honour from Yahweh God.’
19 Uzziah, censer in hand to burn incense, flew into a rage. But while he was raging at the priests, a virulent skin-disease broke out on his forehead in the presence of the priests, in the Temple of Yahweh, there by the altar of incense.
20 When Azariah the chief priest and all the other priests turned towards him, there was skin-disease on his forehead and they hurried him outside, and he himself was equally anxious to get out, because Yahweh had struck him.
21 King Uzziah was afflicted with skin-disease till his dying day. Because of this, he lived confined to his room and was excluded from the Temple of Yahweh, while Jotham his son, who was master of the palace, governed the people of the country.
23 Then Uzziah fell asleep with his ancestors and was buried with them in the field beside the burial ground of the kings since, it was reasoned, he was afflicted with virulent skin-disease. His son Jotham then succeeded him.
2 Chronicles 27
1 Jotham was twenty-five years old when he came to the throne and he reigned for sixteen years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jerushah daughter of Zadok.
2 He did what Yahweh regards as right, just as his father Uzziah had done. Only he did not enter Yahweh’s sanctuary. But the people continued to do wrong.
5 He also went to war against the king of the Ammonites and defeated them; and the Ammonites had to give him a hundred talents of silver, ten thousand kor of wheat and ten thousand of barley that year. And the Ammonites paid him the same amount, the second and third years afterwords.
6 Jotham became powerful because he kept an unswerving course before Yahweh his God.
7 The rest of the history of Jotham, all his wars and his policy, are recorded in the Book of the Kings of Israel and Judah.
8 He was twenty-five years old when he came to the throne and he reigned for sixteen years in Jerusalem.
1 [Of Solomon] God, endow the king with your own fair judgement, the son of the king with your own saving justice,
5 In the sight of the sun and the moon he will endure, age after age.
6 He will come down like rain on mown grass, like showers moistening the land.
9 The Beast will cower before him, his enemies lick the dust;
14 From oppression and violence he redeems their lives, their blood is precious in his sight.
16 May wheat abound in the land, waving on the heights of the hills, like Lebanon with its fruits and flowers at their best, like the grasses of the earth.
18 Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, who alone works wonders;
20 End of the prayers of David, son of Jesse.