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September 17, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Daniel 7-9
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2 Chronicles 26 (ESV)

And all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king instead of his father Amaziah. He built Eloth and restored it to Judah, after the king slept with his fathers. Uzziah was sixteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.

He went out and made war against the Philistines and broke through the wall of Gath and the wall of Jabneh and the wall of Ashdod, and he built cities in the territory of Ashdod and elsewhere among the Philistines. God helped him against the Philistines and against the Arabians who lived in Gurbaal and against the Meunites. The Ammonites paid tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread even to the border of Egypt, for he became very strong. Moreover, Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate and at the Valley Gate and at the Angle, and fortified them. 10 And he built towers in the wilderness and cut out many cisterns, for he had large herds, both in the Shephelah and in the plain, and he had farmers and vinedressers in the hills and in the fertile lands, for he loved the soil. 11 Moreover, Uzziah had an army of soldiers, fit for war, in divisions according to the numbers in the muster made by Jeiel the secretary and Maaseiah the officer, under the direction of Hananiah, one of the king’s commanders. 12 The whole number of the heads of fathers’ houses of mighty men of valor was 2,600. 13 Under their command was an army of 307,500, who could make war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy. 14 And Uzziah prepared for all the army shields, spears, helmets, coats of mail, bows, and stones for slinging. 15 In Jerusalem he made machines, invented by skillful men, to be on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows and great stones. And his fame spread far, for he was marvelously helped, till he was strong.

16 But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction. For he was unfaithful to the Lord his God and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17 But Azariah the priest went in after him, with eighty priests of the Lord who were men of valor, 18 and they withstood King Uzziah and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Go out of the sanctuary, for you have done wrong, and it will bring you no honor from the Lord God.” 19 Then Uzziah was angry. Now he had a censer in his hand to burn incense, and when he became angry with the priests, leprosy broke out on his forehead in the presence of the priests in the house of the Lord, by the altar of incense. 20 And Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous in his forehead! And they rushed him out quickly, and he himself hurried to go out, because the Lord had struck him. 21 And King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death, and being a leper lived in a separate house, for he was excluded from the house of the Lord. And Jotham his son was over the king’s household, governing the people of the land.

22 Now the rest of the acts of Uzziah, from first to last, Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz wrote. 23 And Uzziah slept with his fathers, and they buried him with his fathers in the burial field that belonged to the kings, for they said, “He is a leper.” And Jotham his son reigned in his place.

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  1. But when he was strong, he grew proud, to his destruction (2 Chronicles 26:16).

    Pride and Humility

    The Bible says a lot about pride (and humility). A popular verse is Proverbs 3:34 which says, "Toward the scorners he is scornful, but to the humble he gives favor." 

    This verse is quoted in 1 Peter 5:5-6 which says, "Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for 'God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.' 6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time."

    It's also quoted in James 4:6-7 which says, "But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: 'God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.' 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."

    Psalm 138:6 "For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly, but the haughty he knows from afar."

    Jesus said in Matthew 23:12, "And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

    Another well-known verse (which is the Verse of the Day on Bible Gateway) is, "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others" (Philippians 2:3-4). 

    In Colossians 3:12 it says, "Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience." 

    This is an interesting way to look at humility…to "put it on" just like we would the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6).

    It is often said that pride is the root of all sin. Proverbs 6:17-19 lists the six things the Lord hates:

    "Haughty eyes, a lying tongue,
        and hands that shed innocent blood,
    18 a heart that devises wicked plans,
        feet that make haste to run to evil,
    19 a false witness who breathes out lies,
        and one who sows discord among brothers."

    The word "haughty" eyes means to be proud (or to be or become proud). The first sin mentioned is pride. Pride is also the sin that caused Satan to rebels against God. 

    Isaiah 14:12-14 says, “How you are fallen from heaven,
        O Day Star, son of Dawn!
    How you are cut down to the ground,
        you who laid the nations low!
    13 You said in your heart,
        ‘I will ascend to heaven;
    above the stars of God
        I will set my throne on high;
    I will sit on the mount of assembly
        in the far reaches of the north;
    14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
        I will make myself like the Most High.’"

    1 Timothy 3:6, in speaking about the qualifications of an elder/overseer  says, "He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil."

    Even back in the Garden, pride promoted Eve to disobey God's instruction and to "be like God" ate of the "tree of the knowledge of good and evil" (Genesis 3:5). 

    1 John 2:16 says, "For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world.

    We don't want to be like King Uzziah whose pride was ultimately his downfall.

    Let's not be like the world. 

    Let's not justify our pride. 

    Let's pray that God would reveal hidden pride in us that needs to be eradicated – completely!

     

  2. I had a wall built up around me before I was saved. This wall was built of things that were all false – mistrust, pride, ego, – there was no way I was going to look like a fool. When I look back on those days, I see that's exactly what I was. 

    We watch television shows and movies in which there are "good" characters and "evil" ones. We take sides. Usually, we can see right through the motives/attitudes/pride of the bad guy, and we don't like those characters. 

    When there is a good, humble, kind character, we gravitate to him/her, we root for the good guys, and we respect and admire them. They are who we want to be. 

    And then, sometimes, we go out into the world, and we act like the bad guy, fooling ourselves into thinking we are fooling others! Wow! 

    I have made it a point to question my own motives, to really ask myself if my thoughts and actions are those that God would approve of. If not, I think again. 

    I want my heart, motives, thoughts and intentions to be pure for God. I know, as a sinner, that I won't be able to be perfect at it, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't try! 

     

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