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He Who Exalted Himself

March 12

He Who Exalted Himself

“I will ascend into heaven…” —Isaiah 14:13

Read Isaiah 14:11-23

The king of Babylon exalted himself and had to bear the consequences. He had enjoyed an honourable and important position as the head of a world power, but he ended up in a bed of affliction, covered with worms.

He had been able to climb high on the ladder of power, but had not taken the Lord God into account. In verse 13 he said that his throne would ascend up into heaven, exalting himself above the God of heaven and earth. With these words, he portrayed himself as an anti-Christ who would seek to dethrone the Lord (vv. 13-14).

As a direct result of all his boasting he was cast down like a falling star. Instead of ascending up into heaven, his life went into a downward spiral. He was overtaken by death on the battlefield and cast into a mass grave with many other victims (vv. 18-19). He did not even receive an honourable burial.

We can learn from this history that they who live only for themselves make a big mistake. The Lord will not be mocked!

Why is the sin of pride so dangerous?

This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Educational Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact:

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