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Promise of Redemption!
John 3:14 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up”
Meditate on God’s Word! The Old and New Testament come together in this one lesson. God’s promise of redemption is fulfilled through these two scripture references. So w hat was Jesus referring to when He made this statement? 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 eternal life. John 3:14-15
Jesus was referring to the story of the time when the nation of Israel was wandering in the desert for forty years after the escaped over 400 years of captivity in Egypt. During this time of wandering the people complained against God! Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Numbers 21:4-5
So the only way to live was to ask God for forgiveness. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the and against you; pray to the that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Numbers 21:7 God provided a very simple solution for the people to live, so simple but yet so difficult. 8 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.” 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. Numbers 21:8-9
All they had to do is to look at the serpent on the pole by faith and they would live and be healed. So as Jesus was predicting His death on a cross for all mankind and that it would be by faith in Him, that a person would be healed and saved from the judgment of sin. By faith in Jesus! 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 eternal life. John 3:14-15 Look to Jesus by faith!