Like a number of the kings who reigned before him, Azariah (also called Uzziah) lets accomplishments, which came about as a result of God, go to his head. (Note 2 Chronicles 26:5 which says, “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.”) But as Azariah became more and more successful, pride and arrogance took root and grew in his heart. The next thing we see is Azariah entering the temple to burn incense, a task that was only allowed of priests. This was a sin motivated by Azariah’s pride, and it resulted in God striking him with leprosy which remained all the days of his life.
What does this account show us about how God views pride? The Bible speaks often about pride. Proverbs 16:8 is one example. Can you find another? Tami
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