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Snake Bit

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What does it mean to believe in Jesus? Many think they have an idea of what it means to believe in Jesus but is it a biblically rooted belief? If not, then where will that belief get us at the end of the day? We want to be well pleasing and accepted by God so we must do what He has asked of us as HIs people. We will examine the story of the Bronze Serpent to see what God has to teach His people today.


Types and Anti-types

The substance
John 3:14–15 NASB95
“As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
The thing that casts the shadow is always greater than the shadow.
There are many places where they had an idea that the story or prophecy had messianic implications
The prophets looked into these things 1 Peter 1:12
Angels looked into these things
Did they ever argue over this one? This is one of the reasons that the Bible is so wonderful and why it only could have come from God
The shadow
Numbers 21:4–6 NASB95
Then they set out from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the people became impatient because of the journey. The people spoke against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food.” The Lord sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.
Numbers 21:7–9 NASB95
So the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, because we have spoken against the Lord and you; intercede with the Lord, that He may remove the serpents from us.” And Moses interceded for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live.” And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.
This foreshadowed something greater.
We need to understand the gravity of their situation in order for us to understand the gravity of ours. If the thing that casts the shadow is greater then our responsibility to a similar event is greter and hwat we have been given is greater.

God Loves Everyone

God did not put prohibitions on those who would be healed
Sorry, you are too old and should have known better.
Sorry, you are an Alabama fan
Sorry, Charles Woodson deserved the Heisman and you did not think he did.
God Did Not Count How Much They Had Sinned
Sorry, that was your eighth sin today and you have already been healed of three snake bites. You get no more chances.
Even when we sin, God loves us all and wants to heal us all
God Loved Us While We were enemies of His
Romans 5:8 NASB95
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
As God sent the Bronze serpent to heal those who were bit by a physical serpent, God sent Jesus to heal those who have been bitten by the spiritual serpent.
God did it while we were hostile to Him
Even as Jesus was on the cross, what were his words to the Father about those who put him there.

Would You Wait To Be Cured?

Can you imagine waking up in the morning, going over to your Ninja Coffee maker, getting those nice fresh beans ground up, enjoying the smell of the coffee as it is brewing. You go outside to get your daily ration of manna to make some heavenly donuts and on the way back inside your tentmaster 8000, and out of nowhere, a snake bites you on the ankle. You look at it and take a picture of it. You post it to the Israelite wondering in the wilderness private facebook group to see if anyone knows what type of snake it is. Some say it is just a black snake and those are good so don’t kill it because it will kill and those fiery snakes that God sent. Some say it is a fiery snake and you are going to die if you do not go and do what God told us to do by looking at the bronze serpent. Would you just wait until Moses commented on your post to tell you to get some help (after all, he had 2 tablets) or would you put your running shoes on and go find Moses and the Bronze serpent?
No!!! you would not even wait to put shoes on. you would book it in your Uggz sandals to Moses.
Why do people wait today?
I am young, I am going to enjoy life while I am young and when I am older I will serve God. They just keep kicking the can down the road. Next it will be that they have kids and then it will be that they are tied and they want to enjoy their retirement.
You are literally going through life playing Russian roulette. Starsky and Hutch. Everyone else is the Asian dude and you are Starsky.
Without God, all of life is vanity. The preacher in Ecclesiastes found this out. He sought after pleasure everywhere under the sun but could not find fulfillment because the only fulfilling life is in God’s Son.
Why Do We Wait To Follow Jesus?
I was Just baptized, God does not expect me to know everything too quickly?
I am just too old, I cannot do anything for God.
I can work on other stuff instead of my sins.
We Need To Have A Sense Of Urgency About Us!!
Hebrews 3:15 NASB95
while it is said, Today if you hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.”
why would we wait with something as important as our own salvation?

Would You Pass By Others Needing Help?

Loving your neighbor
Leviticus 19:17–18 NASB95
‘You shall not hate your fellow countryman in your heart; you may surely reprove your neighbor, but shall not incur sin because of him. ‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the sons of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Matthew 7:12 NASB95
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
the context is in regard to spiritual matters and our godly family

Would You Argue With God?

About Having To Go To See The Bronze Serpent?
God, why do I need Moses to be saved from this snake bite?
Are you not powerful enough to just heal me and others?
I am not relying on anyone else for my snake bite, only God
It is like that guy who was in town wide flood. The waters kept rising and rising bu the had no boat or way to escape the flood. He prayed to God for help and a rescue boat came by and asked him to get in. No, God has it handled. Another rescue boat came by and had room for one more person but he said no, God will save me. Finally, a rescue helicopter came by but he would not go because he said God was going to save him. The man died and went to heaven. He met God and asked him why he did not save him from the flood. God replied, I sent 2 boats and a helicopter, what more did you want?
I thought You Said No Graven Images?

God Must Punish Sin

Does a father or mother have to punish their children sometimes? Yes. Is it because they do not love them or have their best interest at heart? No, the opposite is true.
What Does Sin Equal?
Romans 6:23 NASB95
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Sin Is Disobedience To God
1 Samuel 15:23 NASB95
“For rebellion is as the sin of divination, And insubordination is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, He has also rejected you from being king.”
We Have All Sinned
Romans 3:23 NASB95
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
God Teaches us spiritual lesson from physical experiences in the Old Testament. They were physically punished to teach spiritual truths. God sent serpents to show them that He does not like it when the people He is miraculously providing for are complaining about how good of a job He is doing.

God Has the Cure

To your sin problem
John 3:16 NASB95
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
It is free
Romans 6:23 NASB95
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We must obey and take care of the snake bite
John 3:5 NASB95
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Have A Great day!!

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