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  • Bayo Afolaranmi
    May 5, 2012
      *Dearly Beloved,*


      *"Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in
      the water under the earth" (Exodus 20:4 TEV).*

      *"[Hezekiah] destroyed the pagan places of worship, broke the stone
      pillars, and cut down the images of the goddess Asherah. He also broke in
      pieces the bronze snake that Moses had made, which was called Nehushtan. Up
      to that time the people of Israel had burned incense in its honor" (2 Kings
      18:4 TEV).*

      *On their way to the Promised Land in the wilderness, the Israelites grew
      impatient and spoke against God and their leader, Moses. So, the Lord sent
      venomous snakes that bit them, and many of them died. After the people
      repented, God directed Moses to make a bronze snake and lift it up, that
      anyone who looks at it will live. Moses did as God directed and as many as
      the people of Israel that looked at the image survived the poison of the
      deadly snakes (see Numbers 21:4-9). It is interesting to note that the
      people of Israel kept this bronze snake for centuries burning incense to
      it. In other words, what God used as a type to save the Israelites from a
      calamity was turned by them to a god (named Nehushtan) that they were
      worshiping! It took hundreds of years before a king in person King Hezekiah
      destroyed this image.*

      *Nowadays, people have many seemingly bronze snakes that they are
      worshipping knowingly or unknowingly. Even some Christians denominations
      and churches are not left out in this error. They have turned many things
      that God used one time or the other to accomplish His purposes in their
      lives to norms and practices. Such things have become traditions that are
      competing with (or even taking the place of) the word of God! No matter how
      good such traditions may be, they have to be discarded.*

      *What are your seemingly "bronze snakes"? They may not necessarily be
      physical images. In what honour are you still "burning incense"? Check your
      life, beliefs and practices. Anything that does not conform to the sound
      teachings of the word of God should be discarded no matter how popular it
      may be.*

      *In His service,*

      *Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).*

      Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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