DON'T FORGET WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR YOU! BE THANKFUL! The children of Israel watched their baby boys be torn from their arms and murdered! After 400 years of slavery and terrible abuse in Egypt they were finally delivered! Day by day in the wilderness God provided for them and in Numbers 21 they had victory over the Canaanites in battle.
BEING WEARY FROM BATTLE CAN CAUSE YOU TO COMPLAIN, SO SHUT UP! AVOID FINDING FAULT WHICH BRINGS DESTRUCTION! But the "people became impatient (depressed, much discouraged), because [of the trials] of the way." (Num 21:4) They began to speak against the Lord and Moses! They complained about the manna God had delivered to sustain them and accused Him of taking them to the wilderness to die! Their complaining opened them up for destruction! Poisonous snakes began to bite them, and many did die!
REPENT FOR A WRONG ATTITUDE AND CHOOSE TO RESPECT WHO GOD HAS POSITIONED! REFUSE OFFENSE! HONOR WILL BRING ANSWERS! They repented to Moses for speaking against his leadership and of the Lord asking Moses to pray for them which he did. Then the Lord gave some unusual directions. "And the Lord said to Moses, Make a fiery serpent [of bronze] and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of bronze and put it on a pole, and if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked to the serpent of bronze [attentively, expectantly, with a steady and absorbing gaze], he lived." (Numbers 21:8,9 AMP)
YOU DON'T HAVE TO UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING TO OBEY! OBEDIENCE BRINGS LIFE, SO JUST DO IT! They did not know this serpent on the pole represented the Lord Jesus Christ when He would come and take all sin, sickness and destruction upon Himself for mankind! "He became sin for us"! Though they didn't understand, their simple act of obedience brought their healing and life! "And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert [on a pole], so must [so it is necessary that] the Son of Man be lifted up [on the cross], In order that everyone who believes in Him [who cleaves to Him, trusts Him, and relies on Him] may not perish, but have eternal life and [actually] live forever!" (John 3:14,15 AMP) It will do the same for us today!
WORSHIP THE CREATOR, NOT THE CREATURE! WORSHIP THE ONE WHO GAVE THE GIFT, NOT THE GIFT OR THE ONE USING THE GIFT! Now the pendulum swings! Instead of worshiping the Lord, the One who brought healing, this bronze serpent on the pole that Moses made became an idol to the people. Goodness! But God uses King Hezekiah to cleanse the land of idols including what Moses had made from God's instructions because it was being misused! "He removed the high places, broke the images, cut down the Asherim, and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until then the Israelites had burned incense to it..." (2 Kings 18:4 AMP)
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