Episode ThemeJustice-Seeking: The bad kind of pride.
For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.
Have you ever heard of King Joash? King Uzziah? King Hezekiah? What do these kings have in common?
They were all kings of Judah before Jesus was born. They all had unusual names. They all began their kingships in the same way: by doing what was right in the eyes of the Lord. What a great way to begin an important job!
- Joash was only seven years old when he became king. The temple of God had been vandalized and neglected, so King Joash collected money and restored the temple.
- King Uzziah was 16 when he became king. He asked the priest what God wanted him to do and then went out and did it.
- King Hezekiah repaired the temple. He led his nation in bringing sacrifices to the temple, celebrating Passover again, and worshiping God.
These three kings did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. How cool! They had one more thing in common. They all got the same disease: PRIDE!
After the priest who had guided him died, King Joash turned his back on God. He worshipped idols and killed anyone who reminded him to worship only God. King Uzziah got so proud, he thought he could go into the temple and burn incense (this was only for the priests to do). He got very angry when the priests told him he couldn't do that. God punished him with leprosy for the rest of his life. Hezekiah got very proud and thought he didn't need God. The Bible says "God's anger came upon him and Judah. Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem." (2 Chronicles 32: 25-26)
Pride is sneaky. It creeps up on you and makes you think you don't need God. It gives you the feeling that you can handle things without God-better than God. God hates the sin of pride because it turns our hearts away from him and from loving others. Be on the watch for pride. If you do come down with it, the best thing to do is give it right to God.