In the book of Numbers we find that time after time God gets very angry with the Israelite s about their lack of faith.
They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”
Num. 21.6 Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.
This is a case where the people found themselves with a shortage of bread and water and they complained harshly about the manna. Well God sent some snakes to help the people put their problems into perspective. We find in 21:3 that God provided a way out.
Num. 21.8 The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, he lived.
All they had to do was look on the bronze replica of the snake and they would be saved. What a picture of the saving grace of Christ on the cross.
Here are a few pieces of information that we need to digest.
- There were about 2.5 – 3 million people in this “group” and that would be a very large crowd.
- This was an arid area so there would a lot of flat ground for the people and that means that it would be very difficult for anyone to see the snake without making a concerted effort to approach Moses to see the snake.
- The ones who made the effort to look upon the snake would have had to have some strong faith in what Moses told them.
The circumstances surrounding the Israelite s was indeed troublesome. Even though they brought their trouble on themselves they still showed some real courage when they sought after the snake so they could look at it and be saved from sure death.
That is the same kind of faith and courage that god wants us to exhibit today when we are faced with tough times. When times are dark, we must remember that we are children of the living God. When we trusted in His Son, we became joint heirs with Christ and have all the hevenly riches we will ever need at our disposal.
So when faced with trials, let us look to our Lord to hold us by His Righteous Right hand and walk with us through our trial.
Let us hide His word in our heart so that we might not sin against Him. Lets be strong and courageous just like Joshua.
1Chr. 22.13 Then you will have success if you are careful to observe the decrees and laws that the LORD gave Moses for Israel. Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.