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Snake on a Pole

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Snake on a Pole

The Bible is filled with stories that deal with mankind’s sin. God required animal sacrifices to represent the taking away of sin. But the strangest ‘sin’ story of all may be the ‘Snake On The Pole’ story. It’s short.

Wandering Israelites grumbled and complained against God. God sent snakes to bite and kill many of them. Moses prayed to God for help. God told Moses to make a bronze snake and put it on a pole. Numbers 21:4-9 So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and LIVE.

About 1450 years later we learn from Jesus Christ that He was the fulfillment of that strange story. He said:

“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal LIFE.” John 3:15

The snake represented sin. The snake on the pole represented Christ on the cross. Jesus Christ BECAME OUR SIN. 2 Cor. 5:21 Our sin was put to DEATH on the cross. Jesus Christ literally paid for OUR SIN with His own flesh and blood.

Jesus mentioned the ‘snake on the pole’ story just before He uttered the most famous verse in the Bible:

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal LIFE.” John 3:16

When we have faith in the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross paying for our sin we are assured of eternal life with Him. By His stripes we are healed! Isaiah 53:5

Another famous story: The Lamb of God

His older cousin, John the Baptist said: “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”

On a fateful Friday the 13th an Angel of death killed all the firstborn in Egypt who were not protected by the blood of a lamb. Jesus was God’s sacrificial lamb. Exodus 11:4-6 and Exodus 12

Abraham sacrifices Isaac

The story of Abraham and Isaac is also a picture of Christ. God provided the required sacrifice for sin in Isaac’s place. Genesis 22:1-14

May you joyfully discover that the entire Bible, Old and New Testament, is ALL about Jesus Christ!

Here are some more facts:

♥  Almost 2000 years ago Jesus Christ rose from the grave after three days. He lives now and forever. He freely gives eternal life to all who truly believe in Him.

♥  When Jesus Christ died on the cross OUR SIN DIED on the cross.

♥  Jesus Christ is ‘perfect’. If we are IN Jesus Christ WE are made perfect. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17

♥  We are no longer separated from God. We are, by faith IN Jesus Christ and ‘born again’ into His family forever! John 3:3

‘The wages of sin are death but the FREE GIFT of God is eternal LIFE in Jesus Christ our Lord.’ Romans 6:23

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  1. I think that not only is Jesus the 2nd snake on a pole, a better one than Moses held up, but Jesus is also the 2nd Manna, a better one than the Israelites ate in the desert and later died. Those who eat Jesus the true bread from heaven will never die.

  2. I think we should focus on Jesus since he embodied our sins in his body. Just like the Israelites we told to focus on the very thing killing them, their sin, and poisonous snake bites the consequence, so to we should focus on the answer to sin, Jesus. People want to focus on their sin instead of on Jesus who embodied sin being cursed hung from on a tree. John preached repentance, and even the Pharisees enjoyed this, Jesus said. That was only a forerunner of a better way. Grace through Jesus Christ. John’s way pointed us to Jesus, prepared our hearts. But Jesus is the Way. Focus on the answer and not the problem. Your sins, in fact the sins of the whole world were nailed to Jesus on the Cross. Focus on the answer and really live.

  3. To me Jesus is more like the 2nd Snake instead of the 2nd Adam.
    Is Jesus the 2nd snake to anyone else besides me?
    Mark of Mark’s Gospel fame seemed to imply Jesus was a snake.
    Mark says if we handle this snake and drink his poison we will live and not die. Appears to be a secret code for communion (bread and wine). Perhaps Saul was hot on the trail of the Christian’s and the Christians did not want unbelievers infiltrating Christianity as spies, so they knew that if they saw people taking this literally, they were the spies. Just a thought.

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