“Moses made a copper serpent and mounted it on a standard; and when bitten by a serpent, anyone who looked at the copper serpent would recover” (Numbers 21:9).
Many years would pass, and King Josiah smashed all the gods and idols that the Israelites had been worshiping. Fighting against idol worshiping and idolatry, he also smashed the copper serpent made by Moses.
Sometimes what is sacred to us, becomes idol worshiping. This is one of the most difficult things to admit and accept – when the sacred becomes an idol, we need to smash it.