Numbers 21: The Bronze Snake
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.
Can you see the picture?
An interesting correlation with the Bronze snake story is; from the beginning Satan disguised himself as a snake in the Garden of Eden. This is where he tempted Eve with the original sin, which cursed man to death forever. In this Moses story God used the snake (metaphorically Satan) to "bite" the Israelites and gave them a choice for only one cure.
Nicodemus, recorded in Jewish traditional literature as a well known wealthy and holy man, was a follower of Jesus. When Nicodemus asked how he could have eternal life, Jesus to told him he had to be born again of the spirit to enter the kingdom of heaven. Then he goes on to make this statement John 3:14 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.”
Satan and his sin are the "poisonous bite" between man and God and the outcome is death eternal, the only cure is to look toward Jesus. Jesus was talking about being lifted up on the cross for the world to see and believe. A picture identical to that of Moses' day. Prophesied and fulfilled by the death of Jesus Christ on the cross.
God's character never changedThe sad and true fact about this, is many people today just don't want to accept Jesus as truth. Here are some common excuses they come up with; I believe all faiths lead to Heaven, Jesus Christ was just a wise man and good teacher, or I don't believe God would send people to Hell, I live a good life , what goes around comes around...
Though these things are what most people want, it is absolutely not God's character! HE IS WHO HE IS! or from the Lord himself I AM WHO I AM! The first written documentation of interaction between God and man is the Bible. Since God is eternal we have to accept that his character stayed the same all the way back from the days of Moses up until Jesus, and even today. If God sends snakes to poison you, and says you have a choice to live or die, do you look at the ground? Or perhaps a Statue of Buddha? OF COURSE NOT! You do exactly as he says, and you look forward to Christ and you live.
John 14:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.