THE FEAR OF THE LORD
"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 children of Israel became discouraged on their journey in the wilderness and they spoke against Moses and God, grumbling that they were brought up out of Egypt only to die in the desert!
As we have seen in previous devotionals, God doesn't take kindly to complaining, especially when it pertains to how He provides for us! So the Lord sent fiery serpents (a type of demons) among the people and they bit them and many died. This is a type and shadow of sin biting us and its wages, always death, so they cried out to Moses, a type of Jesus to remove the serpents and forgive their complaining. God told Moses to make a fiery serpent, (also a type of Jesus ) and set it on a pole and whoever is bitten when he looks at it shall live!
When we sin and transgress the commandments of God, we look to Jesus on the cross and believe in His death, burial and resurrection, appropriating the benefit of eternal life, healing and deliverance that sets us free from the law of sin and death! If the serpents of sin have bitten you, repent and ask for forgiveness and the God of all grace will wash you in the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ!
"For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved." John 3:17
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin