2 Chronicles 28:23 (KJV)
For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.
Uzziah was a good king except he presumed to do that which only the priests were allowed.
For this presumption he was stricken with leprosy until his death.
His son, Jotham, did what was right except he refused to enter into temple of the Lord.
I have met many people who are good and honest and hard working, some who even claim to believe and to love the Lord but who refuse to faithfully worship God in the place He has ordained.
Jotham’s son, Ahaz went that step further and worshipped idols.
He made images of Baalim, he burnt child sacrifices in the valley of Hinnom and he sacrificed unto the gods of the kings of Syria and the Bible says, “they were the ruin of him and of all Israel.”
One act of pride, left unrepented, led to the ruin of a family and of the country.
A sin reminiscent of that which King Saul committed. 1 Samuel 13:8-14 (KJV)
And he tarried seven days, according to the set time that Samuel had appointed: but Samuel came not to Gilgal; and the people were scattered from him.
And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering.
And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him.
And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash;
Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering.
And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.
But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.
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2 Chronicles 28:23 For One Act of Pride
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