Foreshadowing the Cross – The Bronze Serpent
4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”
6 Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.
7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
8 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.” 9 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.
14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”
1. The Curse of death
Now the Israelites were grumbling against Moses and God:
• Their reasons for grumbling were their fault
• They didn’t trust God
• God did everything possible for them
• For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God
• For the wages of sin is death
• Always wants more
• Is never content
• Demands rather than gives
2. God Provides a Remedy
You see this theme throughout all of the Bible
• Mankind rebels
• Gets cursed or punished
• God provides a way for healing and life for those who look towards Him.
2 Corinthians 5:21
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
3. The cursed people need only look to Jesus
2 Kings 18:1-4
In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. 3 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. 4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.)
• Man started to worship the tool God used
• We need to worship the God and not the tool
For God so loved the world, that he gave His one and only son that whoever believes in him will not perish but have everlasting life.
Why do people not want to look upon Jesus for their healing?
• Don’t believe
• Don’t feel the pain
• Don’t see the need
Pride messed up his ability to focus.
• Pride gets us to stop looking to Jesus
• Pride distracts us from looking at our source of healing
• Pride gets us to look at our abilities