We have a gracious and merciful God. He had a merciful and humble servant. Year after year Moses endured complaining from the people of Israel. In the previous story he was upset and stroke the rock instead of talking to it.
Moses was not perfect–sometimes enough is enough! Now the people were complaining again, unhappy for the food God sent to them every morning, and once again in need of water. Water was a constant need. Men cannot live without water (women need even more!).
From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. 5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “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.” 6 Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.
7 And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” 9 So 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. Numbers 21:4-9
This was a foreshadow of the greatest gift to come. Jesus was lifted up on the Cross so that everyone who is bit by sin can lift up their eyes and look at Him and live. Praise the Lord, that is all of us!
The murmurings brought consequences–death in the camp! But our merciful God sent a means of salvation. “Lift up your eyes, look at the bronze serpent and live!”
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [see chapter 11], let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
Welcome to read the story about the bronze serpent. Next time will be the last story of THE GREAT ESCAPE. But there is more… They need to reach the Promised Land! So we will have a series about conquering Canaan. I hope you will continue to follow us.
May the Lord bless you abundantly!
The story for the day, #14 in THE GREAT ESCAPE: The Bronze Serpent