Jotham's Peculiar Honor by Charles H. Spurgeon

Jotham's Peculiar Honor
Charles H. Spurgeon
2 Chronicles 27:6

This is a very singular expression which is used here concerning Jotham, who is one of the kings of Judah who are commended as having done that which was right in the sight of the Lord. All of them had their faults, yet they were the best monarchs that sat upon the throne of Judah; and concerning Jotham it is mentioned as his peculiar honor that he "became mighty, because, he prepared his ways before the Lord his God."

I want to draw your attention to this ancient king and specially to point out to you, first, the peculiar circumstances of Jotham's life; secondly, the peculiar distinction of his character; and then, thirdly, the peculiar honor of his career. He "became mighty, because he prepared his ways before the Lord his God."

The Peculiar Circumstances of Jotham's Life

And, to begin with, he was the son of a good father, and I should suppose, from the mention of his mother here, of a good mother too. This is a good beginning for a young man and yet, mark you, there are many who have been trained in the ways of godliness who have not continued to walk in them. How often does it seem as if children were dead set against the very things which their parents have loved; and although one would almost have expected that they would have gone in the right way, yet, since grace does not run in the blood, we have deplorable proofs of human depravity even in those who can trace a long line of Christian ancestry. However, it was no small advantage to Jotham that he had godly parents; but it would have been no permanent and eternal advantage to him-it would rather have involved him in greater responsibility without corresponding benefits if it could not also have been said of him that "he prepared his ways before the Lord his God."

And note, next, that he did not commit the great fault of his father Uzziah. Uzziah was a good man-an excellent man in many respects; but, in his latter days, he conce ...

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