The bronze snake was a picture of Jesus. We trust in Him for salvation from death.

The bronze snake was a picture of Jesus. We trust in Him for salvation from death.

BibleGateway: Numbers 21:4-9

ESV Text: Numbers 21:4-9

Numbers 21:4–9 (Listen)

The Bronze Serpent

From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.” Then the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you. Pray to the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the LORD said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze1 serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live.

Footnotes

[1] 21:9 Or copper

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KJV Text:

The section starts at about 0:31 and ends at about 1:51

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     4 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. 5 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. 6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. 7 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. 8 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. 9 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 245 (LSB 571):
God Loved the World so that He Gave

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1. God loved the world so that He gave 
His only Son the lost to save 
That all who would in Him believe 
Should everlasting life receive. 

2. Christ Jesus is the Ground of faith, 
Who was made flesh and suffered death; 
All that confide in Him alone 
Are built on this chief Corner-stone. 

3. God would not have the sinner die, 
His Son with saving grace is nigh, 
His Spirit in the Word doth teach 
How man the blessed goal may reach. 

4. Be of good cheer, for God’s own Son 
Forgives all sins which thou hast done; 
Thou’rt justified by Jesus’ blood, 
Thy Baptism grants the highest good. 

5. If thou be sick, if death draw near, 
This truth thy troubled heart can cheer: 
Christ Jesus saves my soul from death, 
That is the firmest ground of faith. 

6. Glory to God the Father, Son, 
And Holy Spirit, Three in One! 
To Thee, O blessed Trinity, 
Be praise now and eternally! 


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