Becoming a disciple: Destroy the bronze snakes

Scripture – 2 Kings 18:4

He [Hezekiah] 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.)

Observation

That snake was about 800 years old. It had been given a name, Nehushtan. For 800 years the Israelites has been burning incense to it.

None of the Judges did anything about it. David did nothing about it. Solomon did nothing about it. Not until 25 year old Hezekiah comes around, does the stupid snake get destroyed.

Talk about tradition that seems harmless. Easy to ignore when the great Moses made it. Wasn’t important enough for any of the Judges, David or Solomon to get rid of.

There was no one like him among all the kings of Judah, either before him or after him. He held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow him. 2 Kings 18:5-6

The guts it must have taken to destroy something that no-one had ever even tried to.

Application

Hezekiah held fast to the Lord and did not cease to follow him. He had the resolve to challenge the status quo, despite how many centuries and how many kings had gone before him. I want the same resolve and the same passion to hold fast to Jesus and to not shy away from cutting down the things that are not of him and that do not advance his kingdom.

Prayer

Father, please give me spiritual eyes today. Help me stand firm and take action where you lead me to take action. You are holy. You are worthy. Use me to destroy any bronze snakes that exist in your kingdom, no matter what names they have been given, no matter what sentimental value we place in them. Jesus, you are worth everything. Amen.

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