So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live (Numbers 21:9, ESV)
One of the strangest and most prophetic events that took place during Israel’s journey in the desert is recorded in the verse above. The people had sinned, and God punished them by sending poisonous snakes amongst them. The Israelites were being bitten by the snakes and dying in the camp. God instructed Moses to make a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. He then gave the naturally bizarre but spiritually profound instruction: if anyone is stung by the poisonous snake he or she should lift up their eyes and look at the bronze snake hanging on a pole. If they do, they will live and not die. It was a simple look to live. If you looked, you lived. If you refuse to look, for whatever reason, you die.
Jesus, the fulfillment of this prophetic mystery, said to Nicodemus:
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life” (John 3:14–15, ESV)
He explains to us the prophetic meaning of what happened to Israel and the instruction gave Moses. We were all dead, stung by the sting of death which is sin. God says to dying men and women : “look and live”. Whoever looks at Jesus on the cross, meaning, believe in Him, will not die but have eternal life from God. Jesus has been lifted up for us to look at Him. This truth is not limited to receiving salvation. It is also the most important revelation that governs healing. If a disease had stung someone, they can lift up their eyes and look and see the Son of God who carried the same thing that stung them on the cross. Jesus, the Son of God, was pictured as a snake, the ugly serpent on a pole. He took our sins and our diseases. He nailed them to the cross. He wants you to look and live. Looking is believing. Look and be free from the eternal condemnation of the lake of fire. Look and be healed. Look and be free from that fear, depression, anxiety, demonic oppression etc. Look and see those things on your Savior on the cross and be free from them. Look and live!
Please take a moment to read Num21:9 and John 3:14-15 again. Meditate on them. Just think and see the beautiful relationship how Jesus explains and fulfills the Old Testament prophecies.
APPLY THE WORD
God tells us the secret to live when the serpent( sin and death under the control of Satan) bites us is not to chase the serpent and fight with it. It is to look and live. Look to Jesus and live rather than die from the eternal consequences of sin. Look to Jesus and be free from that addiction, disease, fear, oppression etc. Look and live!
Thank the Father for sending Jesus to take our sins and sorrows and nailing them to the cross that we can look at Him and be live.