Look and Live

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.  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.

Numbers 21:8-9

In Numbers chapter 21, the Israelites became discouraged because of the difficulty of the journey.  They started to complain and question God.  God did not like this and he sent fiery serpents among the people; because of this judgment, the Bible says in verse 6 “much people died”.  The people came to Moses and asked him to pray that the Lord would take away the serpents.  The Lord came up with the solution outlined in verse 8.  Moses would make a fiery serpent, set it on a pole, and whoever was bitten would have only to look upon the serpent and he would live.  “Look and live”.  This serpent was mentioned by Jesus in John 3:14-15, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”. 

Just as the Israelites had to look to the serpent to be healed, we must look to Jesus to be healed.  Isaiah 45:22 says “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.”.  All we have to do is “look unto Him”.  Of course, before we are willing to “look unto Him”, we are going to have to realize that we need to look unto Him.  Of course, it was easy for the Israelites to realize that they had been bitten by the serpent; in the same way, we have been bitten by sin.  The only healing for our sin is to “look unto Him”.  Everything is in Him; may we look to Him today and never take our eyes off of Him!

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