Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live.” And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.
Numbers 21:8-9 NASB
Our God is good. He will discipline but with every act of discipline He provides a solution. It requires an action on our part.
It was sin that brought about the serpents. It was the bronze serpent, looking at it, that brought about salvation from immediate death.
The serpent then became an idol. “It is the serpent who saved” instead of “God is our salvation”.
He removed the high places and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah. He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and it was called Nehushtan.
2 Kings 18:4 NASB
King Hezekiah broke in pieces the bronze serpent because it had become the focus of worship. It had become their “salvation”.
It is Jesus upon the cross that is our salvation from sin and death, not just the cross. Looking to the cross cannot be replaced with Jesus and a personal relationship with Him.
The cross is significant but the One who hung on the cross is the One to be worshiped.
🌹 What is your salvation based upon? Who or what do you look to, trust, for security, peace, your salvation?
Continually Seeking Him,