Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Any Nehustans hanging around?

Posted by Lisa Laree to Beer Lahai Roi

[Hezekiah] 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 Nehustan). -- 2 Kings 18:4 (NIV 84)

Wow.  The actual serpent that Moses had made in the desert...the one that represented Christ, that brought healing to those who looked at it. 

That relic was roughly 677 years old, if my math is right.

In its time, it was a powerful symbol of the grace and goodness of God.

Out of its time, it was an idol and a distraction from the worship of the One God.

I have come face to face with some Nehustans in my life this afternoon.  In their time and place...wonderful.  Now, not so much.  No...incense is not being burned, but they are taking up space physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Do I have the courage to do what Hezekiah did...break them into pieces, get rid of them?  Now that their purpose has been served?

Not gonna lie, it won't be easy and it won't be painless.  But if I'm going is necessary.

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