Numbers 21:4-9

                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.

 

From Rev. William Pollack, Pastor

First Christian Church, Princeton

How does God get our attention? Though we may not like it, or even understand His purpose in them; He sometimes sends tests to try our faithfulness to Him. So we see in our text today, that because of the impatience and rebellion of the people, God sends fiery serpents into the camp of Israel and many died as a result. He had their attention! Coming to Moses they pleaded for relief. Moses went to the Lord and was instructed to make a standard with a bronze serpent. When the people bitten would turn their eyes to the bronze serpent, they would be healed.

It is no different for our day. Bitten, we can find healing too. From a cross, Jesus offers words which invite all who are traveling in the midst of a wilderness to find a place of healing and relief. During this Lenten season, let us give our attention to the cross and find our help in time of need. He calls for us to look and be healed.

 

Heavenly Father, for Your gift of a cross we thank You.

Refresh us in these days of Lent

and we will follow You wherever You lead. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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