We are in 2 Kings in our reading as a family this week. I am so grateful that we are not wavering in our quest to read through the entire Bible as a family together. Each night is such a blessing.
Last night we read about Hezekiah and some things really stood out to us. Hezekiah was a reformer. He went in and tried to destroy all of the pagan idols, altars, and temples. He was cleaning house because the people had come so far and were deep in idol worship and all kinds of evil practices. He even went so far as to destroy the bronze serpent that Moses had made back in Numbers 21. This struck me as very interesting.
The text states, “He removed the high places and broke the pillars and cut down the Asherah. And he broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it (it was called Nehushtan).” (2 Kings 18:4)
So here we have a modern day issue as well. Humans can very quickly worship the created rather than the Creator. This is exactly what was happening in Hezekiah’s time. Originally in Numbers 21, Moses set this seprent on a pole and all who looked upon it were healed. (This even shows that those who look to Jesus are healed.) Yet, here we have the people, rather than remembering the power of the item, are found worshipping the item.
Our culture does this so often, and after we read this passage we had a beautiful discussion and reminder for our family, that we can never get cuaght up in a “thing” no matter how good that “thing” is, and worship it above God. It can even be church, family, homeschool, or whatever we make an idol. We see this happening all around us, and this passage was a great reminder that even something so powerful as the serpent on the pole had to be destroyed because the people began to lose focus.
May we always worship the CREATOR above the creation. We can quickly fall into idol worship of so many things and not realize it, so I am grateful for this passage and the illustation that is here.
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