And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
even so must the Son of Man be lifted up:
and who ever believes may in Him have eternal life.”
John 3 : 14-15
Every Jew was familiar with the fiery serpent story-
It happened when the Israelites journeyed to Canaan from Egypt.
It was a difficult trip ,but rather than remember God’s blessings-
they now found fault.
They failed to recognize that each day was a miracle for them.
God had shielded them them from all types of danger.
To help them learn an important lesson –
The Lord removed His protection– there were many poisonous snakes-
they were bitten and many died.
The people went to Moses begging him to speak to God for them.
Then the Lord instructed Moses to make a bronze serpent
and put it on a pole.
Moses urged those who were bitten to look by FAITH at the serpent-
If they did they would live. Many did and lived, but those who refused died.
There was NO power in the bronze serpent to heal them.
Faith in God and Faith alone healed them that were bitten.
When Nicodemus- a Jewish leader came to Jesus by night –
Jesus reminded him of this ancient story.
He began to sense that “the New Birth idea”
was a result of looking to Jesus by FAITH.
At the crucifixion of Jesus and after –
Nicodemus knew for sure what the serpent story meant
Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:21-
“He made Him who knew NO sin to be sin on our behalf…”
Our sins went to the cross in the form of Jesus.
Praise Him- for being lifted up for you -/ me
and let us look to him in Faith -and believe!
*** WISHING YOU A HAPPY SABBATH***