This find is another discovery that confirms the accuracy of the Word of God!
A discovery in Tel Lachish National Park, in Israel’s center, confirms the destruction of pagan idols, by King Hezekiah. Archaeologists found evidence of demolished pagan relics near the city’s “gate-shrine”, dating back to the eighth century B.C., as per the Bible’s account. King Hezekiah’s story can be found in the Book of 2 Kings, in the Bible.
“The size of the gate is consistent with the historical and archaeological knowledge we possess, whereby Lachish was a major city and the most important one after Jerusalem,” said Sa’ar Ganor, the director of the excavation.
2 Kings 18:4-6 (KJV)
4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.
5 He trusted in the Lord God of Israel; so that after him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.
6 For he clave to the Lord, and departed not from following him, but kept his commandments, which the Lord commanded Moses.
“That is probably evidence of the religious reform attributed to King Hezekiah, whereby religious worship was centralized in Jerusalem and the cultic high places that were built outside the capital were destroyed,” Ganor continued.
The Bible indicates that latrines were placed in places of worship that were pillaged, as a form of desecration of paganism. The archaeologists did in fact, find a type of lavatory in the temple, that doesn’t seem to have been used, however.
VERSES TO REFLECT ON:
Exodus 20:3-5 (KJV)
3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Leviticus 26:1 (KJV)
26 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up any image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am the Lord your God.
2 Kings 10:27 (KJV)
27 And they brake down the image of Baal, and brake down the house of Baal, and made it a draught house unto this day.
Isaiah 45:5 (KJV)
5 I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
Isaiah 44:6 (KJV)
6 Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.
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