KEY SCRIPTURE: Numbers 21:6 ” And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.”
(Read Numbers 21:1–35)
Numbers 21:4 reads “And they journeyed from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea to compass the land of Edom and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. “To compass means to go round”. They went round the land of Edom. They were not going forward. They failed to learn the lessons of obedience and trust, and so they could only mark time at one point, to make them learn their lesson of obedience and trust
Lack of advancement in life is almost always a sign that one is living outside the will of God. The scriptures say the carnal minded is enmity with God, for it is not subject to the law of God; neither indeed can be. It is not God who caused the lack of advancement and fulfillment in their lives. It was their attitude to refuse the word and way of God that kept them going in circles. What a pain to live by the flesh.
Numbers 21:6 reveals that the Lord sent fiery serpents into their midst and they killed a great number of them. The proper way to say the above statement is that, the Lord allowed fiery serpents into their midst and it killed a great number of them. Satan has always sought to attack and destroy mankind. It is the power of God that restrains him. When a people walk out of the will of God, He lifts His restraining power and the enemy has a fields day.
These people cried unto Moses to call on God to take away the serpents. Moses did as he has always done. Moses never for one moment refused to intercede on the behalf of these Israelites, although they constantly offended him. Be patient with all men. The Lord did not take the serpents away but asked Moses to make a brazen serpent and put it on a pole. He asked him to tell the host that anyone who was bitten must look at the brazen serpent and be made whole. Anyone who looked was healed. This event depicted the work of our Lord Jesus on the cross. The Lord told Nicodemus that as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so would he be lifted up. (John 3:14). Jesus was lifted on the cross and anyone bitten with sin should turn to Him. There is much power on the cross to break the power of the devil whether it be sin or sickness. The lamb will save any condition that is destroying any man. All you need to do is to believe on Him who died for our sins and carried away our sicknesses in His body. (Isaiah 53:4-6)
Lord Jesus I accept the offer of your sacrifice, taking away my sin and sicknesses through your death. In the name of my Lord Jesus I am free from every control of the devil.
John 3:16 ” For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
John 3:18-19 ” He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.”