The Brass Snake
Everywhere they looked they saw poisonous snakes. Crawling out of the woodwork, the bushes, they were very afraid. The venom of the people’s anger had brought this upon them. The people grumbled & were contemptuous brats. Listen you rebels the man of God spoke out. How long will you rebel against God. The complaining, the revolting & the lack of respect for God had triggered this terrible judgment on the people. Understandably human yet were the people’s complaints constant against what God had provided for them. Thankfulness was not in their vocabulary only complaining. Finally their complaining becomes self-destructive. Instead of losing the snakes the people had to get their fill of them. People were dying left & right, the crisis was all over the place. Some of the people went to the man of God. They asked him if he could ask God’s forgiveness for them. The man prayed for them and in response to the people’s confession of sin, God told this man to make a brass snake & put it on a pole. Anyone who looked to this brass snake would be immune to the venom from the plague of snakes thus live. As they saw this symbol they had faith to believe God would protect them.
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the dessert so the Son of Man must be lifted up that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. So all without exception who that have faith & live a life in fellowship with God shall without a doubt be saved. The cross
was God’s judgment on the world & in this way Satan was defeated. Jesus’ death on the cross & his resurrection from the dead was his exaltation into glory and ours too. It portrays suffering & healing. Christ drew people to himself without any regard for nationality, ethnic background or status. We were all raised with Christ to a new life.
So as we accept Jesus Christ as our savior, we also accept his father God. To reject this is to reject God.
Numbers 21: 4 to 9
John 12: 31
John 3: 14-15
The Brass Snake was done in pastels on paper 9×12″