Then the Lord said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live." Numbers 21:8
The children of Israel had sinned against God by complaining about His provision and the fact that He had brought them out of Egypt into the wilderness to die, so the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and many died. Seeing the judgment falling upon them the people came to Moses and cried out for mercy. God then directed Moses to set a bronze serpent on a pole and when the people looked at it they would live.
This story is a type and shadow of the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, yet to come in the future. The bronze serpent represents sin and the effects of it that brings about death to the sinner. We have all been bitten by the serpent of sin and need redemption as we look to Jesus who was lifted up on the cross, our sins put upon Him so that when we believe, we are saved by Him who knew no sin but became sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
The Lord Jesus Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, washed away our sins and transgressions with His own blood and set us free from the effects of sin so that it would no longer have dominion over us. To believe is to acknowledge this great act of mercy and by His grace surrender our lives and heart to Him who died for us that we might in turn, live forever!
"And 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
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin