Bronze Serpent

Bronze serpent on a pole

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JOHN 3:14-15  14 “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

What “serpent” (John 3:14) is Jesus referring to?
The bronze serpent God told Moses to make as recorded in Numbers 21:8-9: 8 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

Why did God tell Moses to make a bronze serpent?
When the Jews sinned against God after He delivered them from bondage in Eqypt, God began to punish them by death using venomous serpents as recorded in Numbers 21:4-8: Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

What did Moses do with the bronze serpent after he made it?
He “set it on a pole” (Numbers 21:8) so that when anyone “looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.” (Numbers 21:9)

The bronze serpent on a pole is an image of whom?

After what moment?
After He has been “lifted up” (John 3:14) on the cross, taken on our sins, cried out, “Why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34) to God the Father, then, “It is finished! (John 19:30), and died. The bronze serpent wasn’t foreshadowing the baby Jesus in a manger. It was foreshadowing Jesus on the cross just after He paid for the death penalty due for our sins.

Why would God do that for us?
Love. See next page.

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