Pride Before the Fall

Then Uzziah prepared for them, for the entire army, shields, spears, helmets, body armor, bows, and slings to cast stones. And he made devices in Jerusalem, invented by skillful men, to be on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows and large stones. So his fame spread far and wide, for he was marvelously helped till he became strong. But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the LORD his God by entering the temple of the LORD to burn incense on the altar of incense. (2 Chronicles 26:14-16)

  • A tragic flaw causes the downfall of a hero.
  • This was true of Uzziah, who was crowned king of Judah at age 16.
  • For many years, he sought the Lord.
  • And while he did, God gave him great success.
  • But things changed when he was strong.
  • His heart was lifted up, to his destruction.
  • Uzziah entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar.
  • He openly defied God’s decree.
  • Perhaps pride convinced him that God’s rules applied to everyone except him.
  • When Uzziah raged against the priests who told him this was not right, the Lord struck him with leprosy.
  • In life, we often see a person of good reputation fall from honor into disgrace and suffering.
  • King Uzziah was a leper until the day of his death.
  • He dwelt in an isolated house.
  • He was cut off from the house of the Lord.
  • It is a lesson to us.
  • We need to follow the Lord with a humble heart, all the days of our lives.