August 5, 2020

Numbers 21:1-9–When the Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, heard that Israel was coming along the road to Atharim, he attacked the Israelites and captured some of them. Then Israel made this vow to the Lord: “If you will deliver these people into our hands, we will totally destroy[a] their cities.” The Lord listened to Israel’s plea and gave the Canaanites over to them. They completely destroyed them and their towns; so the place was named Hormah.[b They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea,[c] to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived. 

“In this chapter, we are told that the king of Arad came to attack them and captured some of them. The LORD intervened when they made a vow to Him to completely destroy their cities if He would deliver them into their hands. The LORD did.  Vow to the LORD is very prevalent in the Bible as a way to get the LORD to answer them in time of their troubles. God never fails, so we see this as an example of how to seek the LORD’s face, and it has always worked. The next section in this chapter reminded us of the stiffneckedness of the children of Israel. They kept on making the same mistakes of murmuring against Moses and God. Because they could not go through Edom, they had to go along the route to the Red Sea in order to go around Edom. Remember the king of Edom refused to allow them to pass through their land.  Thus the journey had been lengthened by this diversion and this made them murmur and complain against Moses and God. Their punishment was death through snake bites. When they realized that the snake bites were as a result of their sins, they asked for pardon and mercy. The LORD told Moses to make a bronze snake and hang it on a pole and whoever the snake bit should look unto this bronze snake and would receive healing. This was how the problem was solved.

To connect us to our salvation today through our Lord Jesus Christ, Jesus mentioned this bronze snake in the epistle of John. It reads, “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so, must the Son of man be lifted up. That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life,” (John 3:14-15). This is how we know that Jesus came to save the sinners. Whosoever included anyone in the whole world who can put his faith in the Son of God that was sent to us would be saved. This is the evidence that God of Israel is the God of the whole world. All human races have come short of the glory of God. We are all sinners, conceived in sin, born as sinners into the world. We can see the attitudes of the children of Israel being manifested in every life today.  No one is good, we might behave well today, tomorrow we behave totally opposite. We forget that we are created beings, that we did not bring ourselves to the world, and that the Creator has a purpose for our lives. We grow so impatient that at times we tend to run ahead of God, choosing our own path, which 100% of the time leads to destruction or delay. The lives and journey of the children of Israel were documented for our learning, and for us not to make the same mistakes as they did.

If you have given your life to Christ and you are still struggling in sin, please ask for the Holy Spirit of God to help you to stay strong in Him and run away from sin. It is possible to live a holy life if you depend daily on Him.  I pray that the Spirit of God will fill us up so that we can enjoy Him here on earth and be with Him at the end in His kingdom in Jesus’ Name, Amen. Be blessed!!!.

 

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