devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2328
Num 21:4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way.
Num 21:5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? Because there is no food and no water, and our souls loathe this worthless food.”
Num 21:6 Then Yahveh sent fiery snakes among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.
Num 21:7 And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against Yahveh and against you. Pray to Yahveh, that he take away the snakes from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
Num 21:8 And Yahveh said to Moses, “Make a fiery snake and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, will live.”
Num 21:9 So Moses made a bronze snake and set it on a pole. And if a snake bit anyone, he would look at the bronze snake and live.
Moses interceded once again for the rebellious, complaining people of Israel. But notice, God did not give the people what they asked for. They asked for God to take away the snakes. But God told Moses to have a bronze snake constructed. It would give the people relief, but it would also serve as a reminder of their mistakes.
We don’t want that, do we? We want the healing, and also to forget why the sickness came. There is a man who went to the cross to be brutally crucified on our behalf. He is God’s remedy for us, but also a reminder of our mistakes.
LORD, thank you for the recovery that is ours because of Christ. May we always remember why he had to die.