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  • Writer's pictureArdith Arnelle `Price

Why the Bronze Snake?

Numbers 21:8-9 “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a snake image and mount it on a pole. When anyone who is bitten looks at it, he will recover.’ So Moses made a bronze snake and mounted it on a pole. Whenever someone was bitten, and he looked at the bronze snake, he recovered.’”

I am not one to like snakes, but the lesson of the bronze snake is a message from God.

Now let’s get to the story. The Israelites had complained to Moses when they left Egypt for the Promised Land. They had a problem with grumbling, a sin, and Yahweh had gotten tired of the constant complaining against HIM. (Numbers 11:1, 14:2) So the active wrath of Yahweh against sin began.

(Numbers 21:6) “Then the Lord sent poisonous snakes among the people, and they bit them so that many Israelites died.”

Father God’s love of the Israelites and us did prevail, and HE did offer a way out of dying with the bites of the snakes. He told Moses to make a bronze snake image and put it on a pole. The people would look at it and recover. Yahweh delivered the people from HIS fierce judgment and gave HIS mercy. Because Almighty God is divine, HE must deal with our sins and show us his full holy nature to humanity. Since Father God is holy, Yahweh must deal with our sins. Because He is love, HE chooses to offer us mercy.

So the next time you grumble or see a medical symbol on an ambulance. Stop, think, repent of your grumbling, and remember what happened to those in the wilderness who forgot that Father God is divine and our Creator. To learn more, read: Just the Edge of God #bookstagrammer #bookblogger #inspiration #christianblogger #dailydevotional #christian #writer #mentalhealth

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