“And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, according to all that his father Uzziah had done (although he did not enter the temple of the Lord). But still the people acted corruptly.” 2 Chronicles 27:2
I am impressed with the word "But;" a conjunction that acts pretty much like a railway switch that allows a train to switch tracks. All trains within a network will travel along similar paths at some point in their journey. But depending on their intended destination, when they come to this point where the switch is located, their respective choices make take them on different tracks.
So while Uzziah did for the most part follow the Lord, but defied the temple rules, Jotham, his son and heir to the throne, followed in his footsteps to a point. "BUT" instead of defying the temple rules like his father Jotham complied. In other words, he switched lanes and followed the path of humility and obedience - albeit that he too had become a powerful man. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R....
It is possible that Jotham's mother, Jerushah's influence may have been a part of the apparatus that helped him switch lanes at the juncture where his father went the wrong way. There's another notable switch of lanes that is featured in this verse that outlines the disparity between father and son as well, "BUT still the people acted corruptly."
I also like another popular “Biblical But Switch”, found in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish But have everlasting life." So although the track of my life is taking me to a destiny of doom, Jesus has attached Himself to my railway and has formed a switch. Hence, whereas I was destined to die I may now choose to switch to Christ and live. Praise the Lord.
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