The cycle of assassination and intrigue continues as Pekah takes the throne from Pekahiah in Israel. Pekah also continues the reign of evil, following in the sins of Jeroboam. This pattern led to more loss , and eventually Pekah’s assassination. Tiglath-Pileser of Assyria took eight cities or territories, and captives away to Assyria. Not long after this military loss, Hoshea conspired against him, killed him, and took over as king.
A phrase I heard from a preacher years ago, which is also part of the lyrics to a gospel song, says, “Sin will take you further than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” While this is a bit cliche, it describes the situation with Israel’s kings. Each generation losses occur, and the nation is less prosperous, less strong militarily, and less respected in the world community. From the reign of Solomon until now they have lost land, gold, silver, money, tribute, and people. Little by little, they are being taken captive by their enemies, and it is a direct result of their idolatrous sins. Be careful to understand that sin will take you, whether quickly or not, down a path to destruction.