We are back to the Christocentric series.🤩🤩
Don’t forget the attributes we’ve examined about the Israelites overtime
1. THEY WERE NOT WISE
They preferred good, rather than better and preferred better than best. They always wished to go back to their slavery experience rather than to pass through the wilderness experience.
2. THEY WERE NOT GRATEFUL
The best way to command result at the point of need is to raise an incense of Thanksgiving but reverse was the case, in the life of the Israelites. They would rather forget everything the Lord had done for them and start complaining. At Marah, they forgot the red Sea experience. At the Sin desert, they forgot Marah experience and at Rephidim, they forgot the Sin desert Experience.
3. THEY DISRESPECTED GOD
Anytime they were in need of any material thing and could not get it on time, what they do is to speak against Moses their leader and God Himself. They had no respect for the ruling authority.
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Also, don’t forget that God had always been merciful to them by making provisions for every of their needs. But this time around, God changed it for them by sending fiery snakes to bite them, and many of them died and got injured.
And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
Dear Reader, are you a complainer like the Israelites?
Hope you haven’t forgotten what He had done for you before now? The Psalmist knew that instead of complaining, he needs to be giving thanks and he said that everything within him should give thanks to the Lord.
However, the Isralites recognized that they had sinned against God, and they went back to Moses to plead with God on their behalf, and of course, God still made provision for them.
Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
The lesson here:
Have you ever gone against God’s standard by sinning?
Firstly acknowledge your error and don’t allow the devil to deny you of your right in God. The devil will want to pin you down with guilt, condemnation and worry, but God is still very much interested in you. So, all you need to do is to go back to Him and seek His forgiveness. Your sin is not thicker than the blood of Jesus.
Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
1500 years ago, we see Jesus referring us to this same account
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.
Just as the bronze serpent was lifted on a pole, Jesus was also lifted up on a cross
Just as the bronze serpent represented the curse, Jesus also became the curse.
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Just as those who would look upon the serpent shall live, those who will look and Believe in Jesus shall live as well.