Numbers 21:5-9 – Everyone That Looketh Shall Live

Numbers 21:5-9
And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
6 And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
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.
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.

-It is important to remember when reading this account that the people who are being healed are the same people who were being punished because they doubted and mocked God.  So don’t get the idea that Moses held up a brass serpent and everyone joyously beheld it.  The people no doubt mocked and doubted how looking up at a brass snake could cure injuries inflicted by a real one.  Perhaps there were those who only looked after others looked and started shouting how they were miraculously healed.  So it is with the Lamb of God.  There are many who have no intention of looking on Jesus because the idea of a Savior dying on a cross looks foolish to the natural mind.  That means it is up to those of us who have looked and been healed to tell everyone about the very real, very miraculous healing that resulted when we looked to the Lord.


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