What do you think about when you hear the word SNAKE? Many of you may associate it with evil, fear, death, or even Satan. It could be due to our knowledge of deadly snakes or our biblical upbringing that replays the scene in the Garden of Eden. No matter what the reason is I now associate it with the words Redemption, Salvation and Life. I stumbled upon the following scripture:
The Bronze Snake ( Numbers 21: 4-9 )
4 They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea,[c]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.
What an amazing scripture! I received a lot from this passage. The reality is that, I don’t know about you, but, generally speaking I tend to be impatient. In the past my impatience has lead to make impulsive decisions that were not aligned with with Gods plans for my life. Its this very impatience that leads us to sin against God. Many times God allows us to go through situations not out of punishment but as a reminder to trust in him. These snake bites can represent burdens, trials or tests. If you and your family were bitten by potentially poisonous snakes how would you react? Some would panic or some would pull out their smartphone and google the snake bite. The majority would do whatever they can to survive and when all else fails you come to Jesus. So the Israelites, at least those that were still alive, realized their sin and asked Moses to pray.
The end result of Moses’s prayer was quite interesting. Lets look at the Lords response:
“Make a snake and put it up on a pole;anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”
There is one word that came to mind when I read this response; Confrontation. You and everyone you know were bitten by snakes. Some didn’t survive due to the bites and here God is telling you face the Snake. I don’t know who God is talking to through this post, other than me, but I hear him telling me that there is no easy way out. The people who spoke against God and Moses wanted an quick fix and God gave them a challenging way out. I am sure many thought this reply was crazy but if its the only way out would you take the challenge? God is telling us: face your sin, examine your heart, believe in me and you will be saved! Moses creates a snake out of bronze and those that did as God requested of them were saved.
In our walk with God we face many challenges. We deal with a vast array of sins, vices and addictions. You may be looking for a great recipe for a remedy. Some sort of formula that can produce instant spiritual results and God is saying its not going to be that easy but its not impossible. Face the Truth and the Truth will set you free.
God Bless You!!