Day 21: Hezekiah’s Righteous Act

Read 2 Kings 18:1-12 and John 3:1-21

Those stubborn people, impatient in their desert wanderings, were complaining again. “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Cue the fiery serpents. Cue the rising death toll. Cue the cry for mercy. Cue the intercessor. Cue the answer to prayer, yet another provision from a loving, faithful God. “Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.”

By the time Hezekiah took the throne in Judah, the people had quite forgotten God’s merciful provision, His faithfulness and love, and were worshipping the bronze serpent itself. Cue the righteous king who breaks the icon into pieces.

And then comes a man named Nicodemus asking questions of the Christ. “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” O Nicodemus, “unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” He’s still confused. This teacher of of Israel, just doesn’t get it. “If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” O Nicodemus, believe this, “as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.”

Cue the most quoted verse in all of scripture,
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn he world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” Cue. The. Light.

(After singing When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, listen to Handel’s Messiah selections “Thy rebuke hath broken…” “Behold and see if there be…” “He was cut off… But thou didst not leave…”)

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