Friday, September 17, 2004


The Bronze Snake

Moses speaks to Israelites about healing. Posted by Hello

Lately, I've been spending a lot of time reading in the Old, rather as my Sunday School teacher would say Foundational Testament. I find that more than any other way the Lord speaks to me primarily through the written Word.

I've been reading about the ancient Israelites and their journey from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land of Canaan. I've discovered several attitudes of Ancient Israelites that I find in my own life. Today I read about the Bronze Snake (Numbers 21). The Lord had just given the Israelites a huge victory over the Arads. Some time after this victory the Israelites began to complain, as they usually did about the lack of food, water, that they should have died in Egypt, etc. Throughout the book of Numbers at almost encounter when first sign of trouble come up they lose all faith. God repeatedly supplies their needs and provide for them in miraculous ways. You would figure that they would learn eventually.

However, trusting God wasn't the case. I wondered were these people stupid or something? Even Aaron and Moses rebelled against God and both suffered consequences of their actions. Aaron died seemingly not long after he rebelled against Moses' leadership with Miriam. Likewise, God told Moses to speak to he rock to bring water to the people. Moses decided to strike instead. Thus, he was forbidden to enter the Land of Canaan.

Like the Israelites, I've noticed in my own life that complain. I too was in slavery, bondage to sexual sin. God sent someone to bring me out of that slavery. God has shown me the Land of Canaan in my life. That is to say the reason why I exist is to help other recovery from the very same addiction I have with which I have struggled. Along the there were seemingly impossible barriers. Even today there are things that stand in my way of fulfilling my life mission. However, as I read about the Israelites God always come through.

After the defeat of Arad, the Israelites moved toward the Red Sea to go around Edom. Once again the people started complaining, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? There is no bread! there is no water! And we detest this miserable food!"(Numbers 21:5) Wow! Because of their rebellion God sent venomous snakes. Many died. However even in the midst of his wrath and consequences of their sin, God provides a way out. He commands Moses to make a snake and put it on a pole so that anyone who was bitten could look at it and live. The snake was made of bronze.

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