Pekah took his place on the throne with the intention of neutralizing the Assyrian threat to his country and people. But, he was so disastrously unsuccessful that by the time his reign ended just 5years later, Israel had lost 2/3 of its territory.
Being from the Northern Kingdom of Israel, it hardly bares mentioning that Pekah was a failure in God’s eyes – not one single king of Israel managed to remain true to the Lord. Pekah had come to power by treacherous means. When he was a royal official serving in the government of his predecessor, Pekah assassinated the king and took the throne for himself.
I. The Corruption (2Ki. 15:27,28)
Pekah worshiped idols, just as Jeroboam did.
Pekah concocted a plan to push back the ever-growing Assyrian threat. Unfortunately, time was not on Israel’s side – Pekah consolidated his power less than 20years before the nation collapsed under the weight of invasion. But, Pekah was convinced by allying himself with other regional powers, together they could defeat the Assyrians. He tried to get Judah to join them, but King Ahaz of Judah resisted… probably acting on instructions from the prophet Isaiah.
In frustration against Judah, Pekah marched against Jerusalem. While unsuccessful at toppling King Ahaz, Pekah’s army managed to slaughter 120,000 soldiers of Judah.
II. The Captivity (2Ki. 15:29)
Some time later, the king of Assyria marched on Israel, invading from the north. The nation was overrun. The Assyrians conquered several regions of Israel (including Gilead & Galilee) and took thousands of people back to Assyria as captives.
III. The Conspiracy (2Ki. 15:30,31)
Having lost 2/3 of their territory, many in Israel must have grumbled against Pekah. One man, Hoshea, took matters into his own hands and killed the Israelite king. Pekah’s short reign ended with the same kind of bloodshed that marked its beginning.
It really is true… we often reap what we sow.
So, sow good things. Sow kindness. Sow love. Sow goodness. And it will return to you.
You can read Pekah’s story in 2Kings 15:27-31.