WILL THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE GOSPEL BRING BACK JESUS CHRIST?
Part 12: The Worship Of Objects and Things Blocks the Road To Salvation
Editors Note: Brethren we come as a Free Press expressing the promised Freedom granted to those that embrace Christ. There are no material things that can be taken with you at the Last and Final Day. Nor will the silent idols, diamonds and pearls cry out for your mercy. John meanwhile had a good and righteous heart it went with him.
In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth
Peace be unto you. To the Church and believing Christians everywhere and those that believe in the Bible as the Supreme authority of God’s Laws. For the record and the sign post many people that confess to be Christians are now during these trying times looking to man, materialism and God knows what as additional authorities on how to get to Heaven. Glory be to God our Father and to His Son our Savior Christ Jesus blessed by the Holy Spirit.
Beloved as we seek the heart of Hezekiah we pray for peace throughout the land and country. We also pray for faith and patience daily. Many still come to distort the Word with no conscience as they seek to follow man and not God.
Lean not Brethren on your own understanding and move sweetly away from the custom and traditions of the ungodly and the unwise. So do as the wise man, be patient in all things you do as the break of day will bring a new morning and fresh never seen sunshine.
We now continue to pursue the good king Hezekiah and how his life impacts on our primary discussion concerning the acceptance of the Gospel.
II Kings 18: 4 “He removed the high places, and brake the images and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brazen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.”
Nehushtan is the name given to the serpent of brass that had been a part of the times of Moses. However Hezekiah destroyed it during his reforms because the Israelites had made it an object of worship. During the time of Moses the brazen serpent had been made to cure the Israelites of a deadly plague noted at Numbers 21: 4-9.
This serpent further illustrated God’s mercy His power and was a reminder to the people of His mercy and His forgiveness. But the Jews forgot about its origin and purpose and begin to worship it instead of a reminder and to who to worship. Thus the destruction of this object the people had turned into an idol by the good king Hezekiah.
The Jews made an idol out of an object that had a divine origin. During these days and times the lost the blind and sometimes stupid are not gathering to worship idols in groves are under trees but they still reek of things ungodly. The have taken the cross and turned it into an idol. Thus placing it on and all over church buildings on tombstones and as charms around the neck.
The cross is not to be worshipped. Furthermore the references to the cross of Christ in the New Testament mean the scenes of the cross. Thus having nothing to do with and object of wood. Follow us now over to Numbers for an additional word on these objects and means of idol worship, and why the serpent was used.
Numbers 21: 8-9 “And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that everyone that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.”
“And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.”
Here the Lord uses a visible measure as He renders a miracle. Just looking at a brass object could not cure someone who had been bitten by a poisonous snake. However the Lord as a miracle worker rendered the cure. This could not have happened if the people had not enough faith to obey and look at the object raised up on the pole. Therefore we can also conclude that the lifting up of the serpent on the pole was a type of Christ. Christ was lifted up on the cross (See John 3: 14-15)
II Chronicles 31: 1 “Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah, and brake the images in pieces, and cut down the groves, and threw down the high places and the altars out of all Judah and Benjamin, in Ephraim also and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all . Then all the children of Israel returned, every man to his possession, into their own cities.”
Just talking about doing the right thing is not enough, although the Jews made sacrifices to God. However if they had taken no actions toward removing the means of false worship a public profession of faith would mean nothing. Therefore they attacked the things that had been used in the idol worship services. Thus they sought the destruction of images and statutes the groves and the trees designated to false worship. They also sought to clear the high places (See I Kings 3: 2) and the altars that were dedicated to false worship. The altars were used to burn animals in a sacrifice to the idol god Baal. This was a national cleansing and after this task was completed they returned home.
Cont. Part 13: The Faithful & Prayerful Will Grasp The Gospel
Peace and Love, Carl A. Patton a willing slave and servant of Almighty God writing for the Free Press the FreedomJournal Press this 17th day of May 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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