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As Moses Lifted Up The Serpent In The Wilderness
The Relevant Christian Magazine | 7/29/14 | Chuck Ness

Posted on 06/29/2014 7:59:20 AM PDT by OneVike



Have you ever given it much thought about the phrase, “Lift Christ up with Praise?”

Quite often you will hear a pastor use this phrase as he instructs you to give glory to God though His Son. But have you ever really consider what the significance of the phrase? Give me a moment of your time and allow me to introduce you to something very few Christians have actually ever considered when hearing this phrase, “Lift Christ up with Praise.”

Most people know the verse, John 3:16, many have even memorized it. For me, that was the first verse I ever memorized in Sunday school as a child. If there is any verse that says it all, it’s John 3:16. God’s gift to mankind was His only Son Jesus. With the death of His Son on the Cross, all we need to do is confess Him as our Lord and Savior and our sins have been paid for in full. It’s Salvation in a nut shell. Praise God for simplicity! Now, this verse is great, but what is truly interesting to me is the verses that precede it. (John 3:16) I lose count of how many times I have read these verses, only to have my mind mentally skip over and almost ignore their meaning.

When you read John 3:14, it should take you back in time to Israel’s past. It was a time when Moses was leading the twelve tribes through the wilderness of Sin, a time when God was showing them His power and love firsthand. In the Old Testament, we read that the children of Israel had grown discouraged and spoke out against Moses and God. (Numbers 21:4-9). As punishment, God sent down fiery serpents that would bite the Israelites and many would eventually die.

Realizing their sin, they went to Moses confessing and asking him to pray to the Lord that He might take the serpents from their presence. Well God would not remove the cause of their plight, but He did instruct Moses to make a serpent and erect it on a pole.

Moses told those who were bitten by the serpents to come to the pole and gaze upon the image of their pain and they would live. At that time, to look upon such an image erected on a pole would have been considered repulsive, and many would instinctively look away. However, if they wanted to live, those who had been bitten were required to look upon the image of the serpent, or they would die.

You may wonder what this has to do with Christ’s crucifixion. At the time, the Jews looked at crucifixion as the sign of a curse, just as the Israelites looked upon the sign of the snake on the pole. At the time when Jesus walked with men, death by crucifixion was only used for the worst of criminals. Thus, to see Christ lifted up and crucified meant that He was considered cursed under Jewish tradition. After all, God instructed the Israelites as follows:

“If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God.” Deut. 21:22-23.

This is the verse Paul brought to mind when he wrote to the Galatians:

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” (Galatians 3:13)

So, just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness to save his people from death, we too must look at the uplifted Son of Man to be saved.

Christ couldn’t just die. He had to die the death of a sinner, lowly and cursed. Lifted up on a pole, He was an image many found repulsive. He could have just come down and said, “Not today!” But he stayed. He died a death of pain and shame for sins he never committed. Sacrificed from the beginning of time, for sins He saw us commit, yet turned His eyes every time we did.

Every time you are tempted by sin, try to remember how the King of kings and Lord of lords was so humbly lifted on a pole for you. Take a moment and look up at the cross, and do not allow your head to turn away, or you very well may find yourself giving in to the temptation to sin. If you find yourself stumbling into sin, then take a moment and pray, take a moment and ask the One who stayed upon that cross for you, to take away your shame of sin. His arms are outstretched and waiting for you, all it takes is for you to look up willingly and accept His Father’s gift to you.

I pray that those who have ears to hear will listen to His voice and call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen


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1 posted on 06/29/2014 7:59:20 AM PDT by OneVike
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To: OneVike

I for one had never seen the connection prior to reading your piece!

Thank you.


2 posted on 06/29/2014 8:03:04 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: OneVike
I had always seen the connection but also always wonder, "why a snake?"

What's the significance of that?

3 posted on 06/29/2014 8:07:38 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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4 posted on 06/29/2014 8:11:40 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: RoosterRedux

The serpent in the garden?


5 posted on 06/29/2014 8:12:50 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: OneVike

Makes me wonder about those Israelites.

Golden Calf, Snake on a stick, dead guy on a cross...

(Thanks for posting the article. Good information)


6 posted on 06/29/2014 8:13:15 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: OneVike
This has always been part of my belief.

John 3

13 No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended from heaven, the Son of man.

14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up,

15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life."


7 posted on 06/29/2014 8:14:49 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: RoosterRedux

The snake is Satan whom God told Eve that her seed shall one day bruise it’s head. I guess I could have added that. Mybe I’ll amend it one day.

Snake represents sin, which Christ became.


8 posted on 06/29/2014 8:15:08 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: RoosterRedux
What's the significance of that?

Wasn't it because God sent fiery snakes to bite people and kill them ? Or did you mean why did God pick snakes to begin with ?

9 posted on 06/29/2014 8:16:09 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: OneVike

Gotcha. Now clear as a bell. Thx


10 posted on 06/29/2014 8:16:21 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: Salvation

Thx.


11 posted on 06/29/2014 8:17:26 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Thank you.

If for no other reason, your response alone is more than enough reason for me to have written it.

The Lord has blessed me much by using me to help you learn something new.


12 posted on 06/29/2014 8:17:30 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: Salvation
The serpent in the garden?

I question the assumption that 'snake' and 'serpent' meant the same thing. Was the serpent in the garden a snake?

13 posted on 06/29/2014 8:19:09 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Post #9 cleared it up for me.


14 posted on 06/29/2014 8:19:35 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: Salvation
You have always been right to have those three verses as part of the structure to your faith.

Since I was a boy when I first learned the verse, I had known this. It was part of my Sunday School lesson when I was 8.



I must now go do yard work before it gets too hot. Supposed to hit 103 today.


15 posted on 06/29/2014 8:21:19 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: OneVike

“At that time, to look upon such an image erected on a pole would have been considered repulsive, and many would instinctively look away.”

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Is that also perhaps the reason that people (except for Catholics and Orthodox Christians) are embarrassed or repulsed to see a cross with a corpus on it?

Before the Reformation every crucifix had a corpus.


16 posted on 06/29/2014 8:23:40 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: OneVike
The snake is Satan whom God told Eve that her seed shall one day bruise it’s head.

What does that have to do with the fiery snakes sent by God to bite the Israelites ?

Snake represents sin, which Christ became.

Maybe it's the way I'm reading it, but that phrase seems illogical and confusing.

17 posted on 06/29/2014 8:24:35 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Salvation
I think it's worth noting that it was a staff with the snake on the staff that they were to look towards, not an empty staff to represent victory over the poison of the serpent.
18 posted on 06/29/2014 8:29:13 AM PDT by Rashputin (Jesus Christ doesn't evacuate His troops, He leads them to victory.)
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To: UCANSEE2

The word for the serpent in the Garden was “nachash” and this is the same word used in the Exodus verses in question except for the first mention when the serpent is defined as “fiery” (i.e. poisonous). The word used there is “saraph.”


19 posted on 06/29/2014 8:30:35 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: UCANSEE2

Oops. I meant Numbers, not Exodus.


20 posted on 06/29/2014 8:34:14 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: OneVike

The bronze serpent just happens to be from this week’s Torah portion. Nice relevant topic for discussion this weekend.


21 posted on 06/29/2014 8:34:21 AM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: OneVike

The Bible is an Infinitely thick book regardless of the weight of the pages.


22 posted on 06/29/2014 8:37:19 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: OneVike
"At that time, to look upon such an image erected on a pole would have been considered repulsive, and many would instinctively look away. However, if they wanted to live, those who had been bitten were required to look upon the image of the serpent, or they would die."

I'm not so sure about it being repulsive to look upon. The cobra was worshiped as a goddess, known as Wadjet, in the ancient Egypt from which they had just departed.

Snake symbolism

In Ancient Egypt, where the earliest written cultural records exist, the serpent appears from the beginning to the end of their mythology. Ra and Atum ("he who completes or perfects") became the same god, Atum, the "counter-Ra," was associated with earth animals, including the serpent: Nehebkau ("he who harnesses the souls") was the two headed serpent deity who guarded the entrance to the underworld. He is often seen as the son of the snake goddess Renenutet.

She often was confused with (and later was absorbed by) their primal snake goddess Wadjet, the Egyptian cobra, who from the earliest of records was the patron and protector of the country, all other deities, and the pharaohs. Hers is the first known oracle. She was depicted as the crown of Egypt, entwined around the staff of papyrus and the pole that indicated the status of all other deities,, as well as having the all-seeing eye of wisdom and vengeance. She never lost her position in the Egyptian pantheon. ----------------- There's an old saying that goes, "It took forty hours to get Israel out of Egypt, but it took 40 years to get Egypt out of Israel" rings true.
23 posted on 06/29/2014 8:37:37 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: UCANSEE2

“Snake represents sin, which Christ became.

Maybe it’s the way I’m reading it, but that phrase seems illogical and confusing.”

I, too, am confused by the above words, “which Christ became.”


24 posted on 06/29/2014 8:42:05 AM PDT by kitkat (STORM HEAVEN WITH PRAYERS FOR OUR COUNTRY)
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To: 353FMG

If you are speaking of Protestants or Baptists, it is not the corpus, but the fact that we usually use an empty cross, to show that He is alive for evermore. His power is in his resurrection, not in His death. The death was accursed and pays for sin, but the Miracle in the Garden proves He is who He said He was.


25 posted on 06/29/2014 8:47:52 AM PDT by wbarmy (I chose to be a sheepdog once I saw what happens to the sheep.)
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To: OneVike
An adumbration or prefigurement.

"But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumblingblock, and unto the Gentiles foolishness."

26 posted on 06/29/2014 8:48:53 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: 353FMG
Is that also perhaps the reason that people (except for Catholics and Orthodox Christians) are embarrassed or repulsed to see a cross with a corpus on it?

Before the Reformation every crucifix had a corpus.

But years later the bronze snake on a pole
was destroyed because it had become an IDOL
which was worshiped instead of the ONE true YHvH.
(2 Kings 18:4)
shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
27 posted on 06/29/2014 8:50:42 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: RoosterRedux
In Hebrew the words used to describe the fiery/poisonous/sharp snakes is "HaNachashim HaSaraphim." הַנְּחָשִׁים הַשְּׂרָפִים
28 posted on 06/29/2014 8:52:41 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: UriĀ’el-2012

See post 23.


29 posted on 06/29/2014 8:54:51 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
Thx Jack.:-)

I wish I could read Hebrew.

30 posted on 06/29/2014 8:55:48 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: RoosterRedux

It’s very easy!

Aleph, bet, gimel, dalet...

LOL!


31 posted on 06/29/2014 8:57:42 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: UCANSEE2

God doomed the serpent in the Garden to crawl on its belly and eat dirt. Sure sounds a lot like a snake to me.


32 posted on 06/29/2014 9:07:15 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: OneVike

**Supposed to hit 103 today**

Too hot for me.


33 posted on 06/29/2014 9:08:31 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: RoosterRedux

Thanks.


34 posted on 06/29/2014 9:10:07 AM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: OneVike

The situation of this account in Numbers was to set up a “type” for the people, in order to point to the coming death on the cross of the Messiah of Israel and the resulting salvation to all who put their trust in him, from that “finished work” on that cross.

A Study of Types: What is a Type
http://www.churchesofchrist.net/authors/Grady_Scott/types.htm

Here’s a sermon outline explaining this “type”

THE BRAZEN SERPENT, A TYPE OF CHRIST
http://www.oceansidechurchofchrist.net/Sermons/SermonsHTML/2009/2009-08-16_The_Brazen_Serpent_A_Type_of_Christ.html

And here is the actual account in the Bible ...

Numbers 21:1-9

1 The king of Arad, the Canaanite, who dwelt in the South, heard that Israel was coming on the road to Atharim, then he fought against Israel and took some of them prisoners.

2 So Israel made a vow to the Lord, and said, “If You will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities.”

3 And the Lord listened to the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites, and they utterly destroyed them and their cities. So the name of that place was called Hormah.

4 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.

5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you 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.”

6 So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died.

7 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.

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.

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Note one other thing here, SIN often enter one’s life and causes either some disaster or judgment from God — right after — a wonderful success, oftentimes that success being from God.

A principal of something to WATCH OUT FOR ... is that SIN comes easily in, right after a great success! Be on great guard, after a success!


35 posted on 06/29/2014 9:10:08 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: kitkat

He took on Himself ALL the sins of the world on the cross - past, present, and future - in order to redeem mankind. In effect He became the sin which God abhors, out of His unfathomable Love for us. The perfect sacrifice.

Salvation is not to be confused with the redemption. All have been redeemed through Christ on the cross; not all are willing to accept this greatest offer of love (salvation) that creation will ever know.

That is the shame of it, and why many Christians who understand this work so hard to spread the Good News.


36 posted on 06/29/2014 9:10:18 AM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (...By reading this, you've collapsed my wave function. Thanks.)
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To: RoosterRedux
Oops. I meant Numbers, not Exodus.

Got it.

So... what was the name used for the snake that his staff turned into in Exodus ?

Is the staff with the snake mounted on it, and the staff that turned into a snake the same item ?

37 posted on 06/29/2014 9:20:30 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: OneVike

This is a most awesome revelation.

Thank you so much.


38 posted on 06/29/2014 9:22:54 AM PDT by CyberAnt (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: OneVike

The article said ... “Moses told those who were bitten by the serpents to come to the pole and gaze upon the image of their pain and they would live.”

He said no such thing!

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.

There was nothing else to do except simply look. There was no gaze, no coming up to it, no “contemplation” — simply a quick look from “wherever you were at”.

It’s the same thing with Salvation ... you don’t have to go somewhere, you don’t have to belong to some group, you don’t have to spend a certain amount of time contemplating, you don’t have to go through a ritual ... none of that.

SALVATION is ...

... that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

(Romans 10:9-10)


39 posted on 06/29/2014 9:26:59 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: kitkat; OneVike

I know what he meant.

Christ ‘became’ the sum and total of all our sins, so that THEY could be forgiven in one fell swoop with Christ’s death on the cross.

The problem I had, is with the way it was said.

It could be read as Christ became the Snake. It could be read as Christ became sin, which I think is what you are objecting to.

Maybe it’s just that “which Christ became” is a lot easier to type than “Like Hercules, Christ carried the weight(sin) of the whole world on his shoulders as he was nailed to the cross”.


40 posted on 06/29/2014 9:30:07 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
"HaNachashim HaSaraphim."

In English that would be "Angels with Hot Nacho Sauce".

41 posted on 06/29/2014 9:34:03 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: UCANSEE2

That, I don’t know. But good question.


42 posted on 06/29/2014 9:36:18 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (Obama: Race is his cover...jihad is his game.)
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To: Salvation
God doomed the serpent in the Garden to crawl on its belly and eat dirt.

So... the serpent was not a 'snake' to begin with, right ?

43 posted on 06/29/2014 9:36:21 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lost my tagline on Flight MH370. Sorry for the inconvenience.)
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To: RoosterRedux

A snake is a figure of evil in the bible. Yes I know people have perfectly tame pet snakes, and that’s not what is being talked about here.

The snakes were sent among the disobedient Hebrews, it looks to me, as an object lesson in the peril of inviting evil into one’s life and the need to deal with it. This problem will snowball unless and until taken care of. Evil has to be removed if permanent destruction is not to result.

The bible clues us in that “Jesus became sin” when He died upon the cross. That does not mean that Jesus did something He was not authorized to do. Rather, His spirit took our part and lifted our burden of sin, taking the wrath of God the Father upon that sin as He did so. And so our sin, lifted by Christ who had been incarnated as Jesus, was condemned on the cross.

And so the serpent lifted on the pole by Moses became a figure of the sacrifice which was to come. A serpent, because it represented evil being dealt with. A metal figure, rather than one of the actual serpents, because it was a substitute.

In a world filled with figures, care needs to be exercised since the devil can lay his falsehoods upon us about what the figures’ rightful use are. Later on, there was shameful worship of that same metal snake.


44 posted on 06/29/2014 9:38:14 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: UCANSEE2

There is some cultural commonality between dragons (which we know mythically) and snakes. This particular serpent “could” have been dragon like with capability of walking until God took away its legs. This could symbolize evil being doomed to defeat. It can slither but it is going to have trouble if it tries to walk. In fact it really needs to hijack other beings that CAN walk if it wants to go about by walking.


45 posted on 06/29/2014 9:43:17 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Salvation

An interesting follow up to that serpent ...

Revelation 12:

1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a garland of twelve stars.

2 Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth.

3 And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads.

4 His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born.

5 She bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.

6 Then the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.

7 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought,

8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer.

9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”

13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.

14 But the woman was given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.

The woman is Israel, the child is the Son of God, the fiery red dragon and serpent is Satan, the third of the stars are the third of the angels who defected with Satan, the place prepared for Israel is over in Jordan, the time period is the last 3-1/2 years of the 7-year Tribulation, starting at the midpoint when the Anti-Christ stands in the Temple in Jerusalem and declares himself to be God.

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Revelation 20:1-6

1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

2 He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years;

3 and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.

4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

5 But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.


46 posted on 06/29/2014 9:45:09 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: OneVike

Great essay, Preacher. Thank you.

It clarifies many things about the Lamb of God and the
process of His Blood taking away the Sins of the World.


47 posted on 06/29/2014 10:13:20 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: 353FMG

I would say yes


48 posted on 06/29/2014 10:19:16 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: UCANSEE2

Yes, thanks.


49 posted on 06/29/2014 10:23:39 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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To: UCANSEE2

No, a serpent yes, not a snake until after.


50 posted on 06/29/2014 10:24:32 AM PDT by OneVike (I'm just a Christian waiting for a ride home)
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