NO NEHUSHTAN!

 

“King Hezekiah broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses has made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. And he called it Nehushtan” (2Kg 18:4) King Hezekiah was only twenty five years old when he became the king of Israel. He was a good man. He destroyed all the idols in the land. He broke to pieces the bronze snake Moses had made long ago. That copper snake was manufactured at the command of God, at the time when Israel suffered because God’s wrath. They murmured against God and Moses. God hates all sin but he hates rebellion in particular. He sent poisonous snakes among the people. Many died untimely painful deaths because of these snakes. Humbled by force, they repented openly and cried to Moses for forgiveness and healing. That is when God instructed Moses to make a bronze snake and to lift it high on a pole. That shining object was easy to see by all people. God said that if anyone looks at the snake and has faith that God is greater than their sickness, that one shall live. The bronze snake was the point of contact with the healing of heaven. The method worked! All who looked at the copper snake lived! (Nu 21:4-9)

Many years have passed since then. The Israelites kept the bronze snake as a reminder of an old act of mercy, healing and deliverance. But they made the mistake to elevate that object to the status of an idol. They began to worship it, forgetting the God who is the true Healer. Idolatry always provokes God. That is why Hezekiah broke the snake to pieces. Mockingly, he called it Nehushtan. The word in Hebrew means a thing made of copper (an inferior metal when compared with silver and gold). It symbolizes a useless nonsense thing. It also means something like a snake, hissing its way, a magic spell or the work of a witch.

What are the lessons for us? Jesus said that He is the true eternal copper snake lifted in the desert of our terrible circumstances (Jn 3:14, 15). The material things compete with the true source of healing which is spiritual. God is Jehovah Rapha, our Healer!  Material things that propped our faith in the past become ‘Nehushtan’. Do not worship visible things, doctors, nurses, procedures or methods. These are temporary. Only Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever. You can safely worship Him! He alone is the Savior of your soul and the Healer of your body!   Another lesson is this: Looking in the right direction, having the proper spiritual vision and mixed with faith in the Healer is the cure for any disease. Without vision people perish (PV 29:18). If my eyes are good, my whole body is full of light and healing (Mt 6:22). Spiritual blindness is criminal! I cannot afford to be blind to my only hope of a cure… My vision determines my destiny, my peace and my health! “Open my eyes Lord to see Jesus…”

Lastly, looking for healing, I may be in danger of falling into the sin of idolatry. This is a warning and I should take it seriously! Something that was good in the past, something that God used to help or heal me years ago, can become an idol in my heart. God is the Creator. He can use any method He pleases to speak to us, to bless us or to heal our diseases. We should never get stuck with the means or with the gifts of God. These change with the seasons, with the circumstances and with the level of our faith. The only ‘factor’ that never changes is God Himself. But revelation is progressive. We should mature spiritually, move on and allow God to be fresh in His revelation day by day. Do not look back like Lot’s wife! Leave at the feet of Jesus the memories of all good things God used in the past. Do not make idols from the memories of past successes, healings or blessings.

This is a word for you: God wants to do a new thing in your life! Do not try to imagine it for that will hinder its manifestation! Let god be God! This blessing shall come in a most unexpected way! This healing shall come from a different direction than what you’ve known in the past! This breakthrough shall come with a different sound! This is a new day, a new season…A new song shall rise from the ashes of disappointment and pain… Let God, the Holy Spirit be free to move in your circumstances… It is time to move on… “Holy Spirit, You are welcome in this place…”

In Christ I declare: I destroy all idols in my heart that drag me behind! I reject the demon of backsliding! I look unto Jesus Christ! I am saved! I am healed! My marriage is revived and blessed! My breakthrough has come! Like rivers in the desert, my testimony is a miracle that glorifies God! In Jesus name Amen!

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