Num 21:8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. Num 21:9 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.
This is one of the true stories or history of what happened in the Wilderness when a judgement of God for sin. It was God Who sent the serpents or snakes that killed the Israelites in the Wilderness. God also answered Moses’s prayer or intercession by providing a solution as in our text. A brass or bronze serpent on a pole. People have to look at this and are healed. It was not until Jesus came on the scene could we make a correlation or understanding of this event.
Num 21:6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
I took this photo with my Huawei Nova 2i in the Philippines on the island of Mindanao in the Region of Misamis Occidental. This is is the area directly between Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental.
Joh 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
Joh 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
For God So Loved the World
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
So many never really come to grips with this truth or even want to. It is God’s wrath because of His Holiness will Judge all of mankind. It is His wrath and judgments that are coming upon the face of the earth. Each person when we die will face His Judgment. Each and every person is guilty before Him and none of us measure up to His Measuring Stick. We have all been declared guilty and declared sinners and all have fallen short of His Glory.
Just as the snakes came from him in the wilderness, the judgments and wrath also come from Him. And the solution also is provided by Him for all. When the Israelites were bitten by the snakes, they only had to look upon the solution God provided through Moses and they were healed and protected. The wrath coming upon the earth is also God’s wrath. The solution and protection is also provided by Him. Jesus lifted up on the cross. Providing safety and protection from the coming wrath. We only need to look to Jesus. Gaze upon Him in faith. This is God’s one and only solution.
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
1Jn 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
1Jn 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
1Jn 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1Jn 1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
The symbol used in the Medical Field is from this story in Numbers.
One of my favorite songs “Only One Look at Jesus” Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
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