Jesus In Numbers
Jesus in Numbers
“So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.”
In the wilderness the Israelites grumbled against God and as a punishment He sent fiery serpents. When these serpents bit someone, it was fatal. They would die. However, God showed mercy on the Israelites when they reached out to Him. In His compassion and grace allowed Moses to make a bronze serpent and raise it up onto a pole. Then it was promised that whoever looked upon the bronze serpent after being bitten would live.
Sin has bitten us and we are fatally wounded and will die. However, God showed His love, mercy, and grace for us by sending His Son to die on the cross. No longer is it a bronze serpent raised up on a pole, it is God the Son raised up. If we look up on Him then we will have our sins forgiven and we will have life, and that life will be eternal.
This forgiveness is freely given, but we must realize that looking upon Christ means that we must obey Him. Obedience begins by believing in Him which includes confessing Him (Romans 10:8, 9), repenting of our sins (Acts 2:28), being baptized into the Christ (Galatians 3:27), and living faithfully until death (Revelation 2:10).