The Brazen Serpent

Numbers 21:4-9

If you were to travel to western Jordan today and make your way to the top of Mt. Nebo, also referred to as Pisgah, you would be able to view the entire Jordan valley. This is historically where Moses looked over to view the Promised Land. Today you will find a structure there created by the 18th century artist Giovanni Fantoni. It is called the 'Serpentine Cross' and it stands as a memorial to two separate events in biblical history. We are carefully reminded by the writers of the New Testament that the people, places, and events recorded in the Old Testament are there as examples for us to learn from. Paul wrote, "Now all these things happened unto them (Israel) for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition". Today I would like to turn your attention to a very strange event that took place near the close of Israel's wilderness wanderings. As we view their sin, sorrow, and salvation; it will become very clear to us that the event pictures the redemption of man.

The children of Israel had failed to enter in to the land God had promised them. As a result of their lack of faith, God sent them into the wilderness to wander for forty years, until a new generation comes of age. Rebellion and dissatisfaction were characteristic of this people. That always comes about as a result of sin! Notice three things about Israel in this passage:

Read: Numbers 21:4-9

I. Their Sin.

II. Their Sorrow.

III. Their Salvation.

Jesus confirmed that this event only foreshadowed His own crucifixion. What a wonderful Old Testament picture of salvation in Christ.

All of us have been poisoned with sin

But salvation can be ours if we would only look to Jesus in faith.

This morning are you saved? Have you looked unto Jesus? He is the only one who can save your soul. If you are saved this morning, are you pointing others to Him? There is no other way... Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." (Jn.14:6)