"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. 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." Numbers 21:4-9
Have you ever quit too soon? Have you
ever felt like dreams and promises weren’t coming true, so why not try something else? Ever get tired of the "same old
thing" and forget God’s Promises to bring you to a new place? Ever feel like it is someone else’s fault that you
are where you are and not somewhere else?
Have you ever been on a 40-year journey
and are ready to bail in the 39th year? Have you ever thought that the grass really was greener on the other side? Often when
these kind of feelings come, it is good to step back and see if you are doing what God said to do. The Children of Israel
had been wandering since their deliverance from Egypt for about 39 years. They had a Prophet, they had Provision
and they had a Promise! They did not realize how close they were to victory. Dissatisfied and discouraged led to
a dim vision and they were "much discouraged"! This led to...
The rebellion began with bellyaching!
Despised God’s Prophet — They turned on the preacher. Blamed it all on him. Yesterday’s Prophet
became today’s Punk. Sure they were weary, probably not as weary as Moses. They didn’t have a clue what they wanted
or needed they just wanted something different than what they had. The sinful rebellion caused them to...
Doubt God’s Promise Wow, that’s asking for trouble. If you look at this passage a while you will
see a deliverance parallel. Doubting what God says is to believe a lie, believing a lie leads to bondage. When the Word says
that God sent fiery serpents among them, do you suppose there were already fiery serpents throughout the wilderness that He
had been protecting them from? Of course! But now sinful rebellion opens a doorway, gives permission for serpents to do what
they always wanted to do. Then, they ...
Disdained God’s Provision CAKES Griped about the food. Miraculous provision from God. They complained rather
than give thanks. They not only griped about it they said they hated it!
The retribution was Fitting. It
was Fiery and it was Fatal. Just as sin bites everyone with a fatal sting, everyone in the camp was subject
to a fatal snake bite.
Look at John 3:14-16 "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. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth
in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Those are the words of Jesus! The saving
remedy is Sovereign. It was and is God’s Plan for man sin stricken and under the sentence of death. Jesus being "lifted
up" is Sufficient and is Sure. Not just the best way...ONLY way. They had no snake bite kits. The only way to live was to
Easy - God made it easy, any & all could be healed
Essential - because it’s easy doesn’t mean it’s unimportant. Don’t make the mistake of
thinking there is another way...there is not.
Evidential - how did they know they were saved? You know because THE STING IS GONE.
Elective - Sadly today not all will look and be saved.
Dr. Felix Ruh knew the importance of finding
a cure. His granddaughter had died of the dreaded black diphtheria and many more children lay sick and dying. Dr. Ruh and
his partner, Louis Pasteur, were among the few who believed that these deaths were caused by what was then unseen germs. While
the medical establishment forbid their experimentation, Pasteur and Ruh secretly carried out their clandestine research.
They brought 20 healthy horses into the
lab. Ruh then opened a steel vault and took out a large pail filled with black diphtheria germs, which he had cultured carefully
for months. There were enough germs in that pail to kill everyone in France. The scientist went to each horse and swabbed
its nostrils, tongue, throat, and eyes with the deadly germs. Every horse except one developed a terrific fever and died.
For several more days this final horse lingered, lying pathetically on the ground. While Ruh and Pasteur slept on cots in
the stables, the orderly on duty had been instructed to awaken the scientists should there be any change in the animal's temperature
during the night.
About 2 a.m. the temperature showed a
half degree decrease, and the orderly wakened Dr. Ruh. By morning the thermometer had dropped two more degrees. By night the
fever was entirely gone, and the horse was able to stand, eat, and drink. The horse was the only one who could withstand the
Then Dr. Ruh drew blood from the veins
of this animal that had developed the black diphtheria but had overcome it. The scientists drove as fast as they could to
the municipal hospital in Paris. They forced their way into the ward where three hundred babies lay, segregated to die from
black diphtheria. With the blood of the horse, they forcibly inoculated every one of the babies. All but three lived and recovered
completely. They were saved by the blood of one who overcame the disease. Just as the Israelites were healed, Jesus revealed
to and thru Nicodemus that salvation to man would come in similar fashion. Looking to Him! By grace and thru faith in the
finished, complete work of His shed Blood, glorious death, burial and resurrection. Any and all who look to Him for redemption
from the sting of sin will be saved!
Just for Jesus,