Matthew 22:1-22; Numbers 21; Song of Solomon 1:1-2:7
The Israelites were grumbling again. God sent poisonous snakes to bite the people. As the people started dying, they confessed their sin to Moses and when Moses prayed for them, God gave Moses an answer: one that seems very strange to me. “Moses made a bronze snake and placed it on a pole. If a snake bit someone, that person could look at the bronze snake and live.” (Numbers 21:9) Later, Josiah destroyed the snake because the people treated it like an idol believing in the power of the snake instead of the God who created all things. Now here’s where it really gets strange. When God wanted to describe what would happen to Jesus, He used the picture of the snake. (John 3:14-15) “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.” Just as the power of God, as seen in the bronze snake, overcame the poisonous snakes and gave the Israelites life, so the power of God, seen in Jesus Christ on the cross, overcomes the power of sin and gives us eternal life. Whatever sin may be bothering you, you can look to Christ for grace and forgiveness. God’s grace is shown through the cross that lifted Jesus up. If you look to Him in faith, there is hope, there is grace, there is eternal life.
Lord God, give me the grace to look to You in the midst of any trial, in the midst of my sin. Thank You that You have the power to overcome sin in my life and that You continue to forgive me, give me grace and shower me with eternal life.