The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

– Numbers 21:8-9 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

In this unusual passage, God has Moses set up an icon that represents the very judgment that He has enacted on Israel’s rebellion. Yet this fits a Biblical pattern; the Jews could not deliver themselves, but those who put their trust in God’s provision for sin would receive forgiveness and healing. Once again, this is a forerunner of a future time when God would judge the earth for its rebellion, but those who look upon the man on the cross, Jesus Christ, will live. Jesus is God’s provision for and the healing from our sin.

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