Friday: March 16
From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. 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 we detest this miserable food.”
Then the LORD sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.
It seems to me that things have not changed throughout the years, where human nature is concerned. The children of Israel complained about their food and water after they had been saved from slavery in Egypt. We complain about everything when we are provided with all we need. Isn’t it funny how when things didn’t go the way they wanted them to, and God sent snakes into their midst, they asked Moses to pray for them. Today when things don’t go the way we want them to, we turn to prayer. It seems that, back then and today, we are the same, in that we wait till peril strikes, then we remember to turn to God in prayer.
Our loving God, as he did back then, always answers our prayers. He gave them a bronze snake to look upon and remind them that things can always be worse, however if they looked upon the bronze snake they could continue to live.
Today we have to cross to remind us of the sacrifice our loving God made in sending his Son to die for our sins. We sin each and every day and yet our Lord gives us a way to have those sins forgiven.
We need to recall the cross and what it represents far more often than we do. Why is it that this time of the year is the main time most people think of what Jesus did for us? If only everyone could remember what great sacrifice God made for us each and every day, what a great world this would be.
Almighty God, help us to see the cross as the beacon
to remind us of your great sacrifice each and every day.
Rev. Rodney Hubbs
First Christian Church, McMechen