Suggested Reading: Numbers 21-22
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Key Verse: Numbers 21:9
So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.
The serpent of bronze holds an prominent place in human history, primarily because of the dialogue of Jesus with Nicodemus (John 3:1-21). It’s the worldwide symbol for the medical profession (pictured below).
The serpent that corrupted our first parents and the sin against God for which he bares responsibility, along with Adam, Eve, and all of us, has been nailed to the Cross. Jesus said, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:14-15). The choice to look in faith brought life instead of death to the Israelites. Jesus declared the parallel truth in Himself. Later, the bronze serpent had to be destroyed because people began to worship it (2 Kings 18:1-8). Moses’ serpent happened long before Greek mythology introduced the symbol. Tomorrow, God willing, we’ll look at the attempt by Balaam to curse Israel.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord Jesus, You were lifted up on the Cross, and You have caused me to look to You, not with eyesight, but with insight. Thank You!!! I know, by faith, that I have the gift of eternal life, not through any goodness in myself, but because of Your clearly stated promise. You cannot lie! Therefore I live! The serpent’s venom cannot destroy me. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
God told Moses to make the image of the serpent. Those who don’t think deeply enough would think God is against making a sculpture. There’s no sin here. The sin would be, according to the second commandment, in bowing down to an image and serving the image. People mess with God’s Word. For example, Norma-Jean and I, along with 103 wonderful people, are in Jerusalem today. It’s the Sabbath, a wonderful quiet day in Israel. In one area of Jerusalem on any day, if you try to take a picture of the successors to the Pharisees, they’ll smash your camera. They think you are making a graven image. Have you bowed down to a picture lately? I don’t think so! Have you served a picture lately? I don’t think so! Be sure you read and understand the Scriptures in context.
Yours for only bowing down to the One True God,
P.S. Below is our current tour group in the Negev Desert at the replica of the Tabernacle of Moses in Timna Park, Israel. Also pictured is a peek inside the Ark of The Covenant, containing the Ten Commandments, Aaron’s rod that budded, and a golden bowl with manna (Hebrews 9:4).