PROPHECY: Nehushtan
August 16, 2002

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2KI 18:1 In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother's name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. 3 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done. 4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan. )

2KI 18:5 Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel. There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. 6 He held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him; he kept the commands the LORD had given Moses. As we are considering Teshuvah in this season, and the turning to the Lord, the Lord has impressed me with the actions of Hezekiah as here related. David Skelly had commented on the later revival involving Josiah, but note, in verse 3 above, that there was no king like him either before him or after him, who held fast to the LORD and did not cease to follow him.

Let us consider this Nehushtan.

Somewhere after 1,440 B.C., (as an approximate date), the children of Israel were in the midst of their 40 year tour of the Wilderness of Sinai. During a particular plague of venomous snakes, Moses had a brazen serpent on a pole created. All those who looked upon that image were healed. Now, we know, from John 3:14, that this serpent, lifted up on a pole, was a prefiguring of Christ, to be hoisted upon the cross, and that all who would look upon him (believe in him) would be healed, and have everlasting life.

And so, as a religious item, Nehushtan had it's orgination with God. It began well. It was an anointed, God authorized thing to look upon that serpent in the time of Moses.

Now, we move ahead some 700 plus years to time of Hezekiah. That which had began as anointed, and God authorized, had become an idol worthy of being smashed into pieces…to be mentioned with sacred stones and Asherah poles…and fit for the same end as these.

And so, this Teshuvah…are we seeking out and smashing the Nehushtan's from our own lives: those things that began as God authorized and anointed, but that, with the passage of time and the creeping advance of the religious spirit, have become an idol in our lives fit only for smashing into the finest of dust?

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