Pekahiah did not sit long on the throne as king.  Reigning just 2years, he was the 7th Israelite king to be assassinated.

Pekahiah’s father, Menahem, had come to throne through treacherous means, but it appears he died a peaceful death (evidently a rare feat for Israelite kings through this period)… and was succeeded by his son.

I.  The Idolatry (2Ki. 15:23,24)

The author of 2Kings had little to say about Pekahiah, and none of it was good.  Like every one of his predecessors, Pekahiah persisted in the sins of the Northern Kingdom’s first king, Jeroboam…. primarily idolatry.  Aside from this, not one accomplishment – good or bad – was recorded.



II.  The Insurrection (2Ki. 15:25,26)

The writer simply says that Pekah, one of Pekahiah’s chief officers, conspired to assassinate the king.  Aided by 50 Gileadites, Pekah stormed the royal compound in Samaria, killing Pekahiah and 2 others.

Bible scholars speculate that the assassination was motivated by a disagreement over Israel’s diplomatic policy toward Assyria, the main power in the region and Israel’s primary threat.  Presumably, Pekahiah had continued his father’s policy of appeasement, preferring to bribe Assyria into keeping their distance rather than having to meet their army on the battlefield.  But, Pekah wanted to take a more aggressive approach toward Assyria, preferring to confront rather than wait for the invasion that seemed inevitable.

It’s true; the Assyrian invasion did prove to be inevitable – and Pekah’s policies were no more effective at preventing it than Pekahiah’s had been.  Neither Pekahiah nor Pekah lived to see Assyria’s final triumph over Israel… but that final defeat was accelerated toward them during their reigns.



Both men thought they had the right idea… but neither man consulted God for His opinion.

God had already said that the die had been cast; Israel’s generational disobedience in idolatry had brought on dire consequences.

But, even in punishment, God would have lovingly carried them through.

And He will do the same for you if you will let Him…


You can read of Pekahiah in 2Kings 15:23-26 & in the book of Hosea.


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