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The Proud Heart of Uzziah (3 of 6)
Series: A Spiritual EKG
1 Chronicles 26
1. Nathaniel Hawthorne said, ''A grave, wherever it is found, preaches a short and pithy sermon to the soul.'' Epitaphs at times, although but a few lines, tell us a lot about the person buried.
2. I think of the grave of one certain Scottish man. His marker reads:
Here lies Andrew MacPherson,
Who was a peculiar person;
He stood six foot two
Without his shoe,
And he was slew,
3. It may have been a trite way of putting it, but whoever reads his tombstone knows that Andrew MacPherson was a tall man who was killed in the battle of Waterloo.
4. You take the marker that is found on a grave in Chelmsford, England. The story it tells is plain to all:
Here lies the man Richard,
And Mary his wife
Whose surname was Prichard
They lived without strife
And the reason was plain
They abounded in riches
They had no care nor pain
And his wife wore the breeches.
5. At other times, epitaphs express the feelings of others. Take the marker on a grave in Painswick Churchyard in Gloucestershire, England:
My wife lies dead, and here she lies,
Nobody laughs and nobody cries:
Where she is gone to and how she fares,
Nobody knows and nobody cares.
6. Take another marker:
Here snug in her grave my wife doth lie,
Now she's at rest, and so am I!
7. Then there is the marker on a grave from an Sutton Churchyard:
Here lies my poor wife,
Without bed or blankit,
But dead as a door-nail,
God be thankit!
8. Yes, a grave, wherever it is found, preaches a short and pithy sermon to the soul. The grave of Uzziah was no different. We read in 2 Chron. 26:23, ''So Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the field of the burial which belonged to the kings; for they said, He is a leper: and Jotham his son reigned in his stead.''
9. His tragic epitaph simply read, ''He is a leper.'' What a sermon is preached in ...
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