The Serpent’s Symbolism

And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

John 3:14

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

Yesterday we looked that the picture that Moses lifting up the brass serpent in the wilderness gives us of the Lord Jesus.  Just as the children of Israel had only to look at the serpent to be healed, so we need only to look at the Lord Jesus to be healed.  Today, we will look at the wonderful symbolism found in this picture.

The picture of the brass serpent in Numbers was a picture of the Lord Jesus.  Just as the serpent was lifted up, so Jesus would be lifted up from the earth on the cross.  Just as looking at the serpent would heal the Israelites, so looking at Jesus will heal us.  Just as looking on the serpent of brass caused the Israelites to live, so looking to Jesus will cause us to live.  The serpent represented sin, so Jesus became sin for us.  In the Old Testament, we have pictures of Jesus, and in the New Testament, we have the fulfillment of those pictures.

Jesus Christ became sin for us when He was crucified on the cross.  Looking to Him will heal us and give us life.  It is interesting to study the symbolism found in the Old Testament, but it is even better to know the Saviour – the subject of the symbolism.  Thank God for His perfect salvation!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben, for showing us Jesus in the Old Testament! God bless you!


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