“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.” 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, they lived” (Nu 21:8, 9)
The people of God became ‘impatient’ with the long travels in the desert. Then they started complaining against God and His servant, Moses. In particular they expressed their hatred for God’s choice of food for them. They called the Angel’s bread, manna ‘miserable food’.
God chastised them. He sent venomous snakes among them. Many were bitten and died painful deaths. Humbled, the people went to Moses to ask for forgiveness and to intercede for them. God answered his prayer for mercy and told Moses what to do. He was to make a bronze snake and out it on a pole. Anyone who looks at that manufactured impaled bronze snake shall live. Anyone who refuses to look shall die!
God uses the desert as a class room. God is the Teacher. He teaches His people that the devil is a created being. God created the devil. Thru this picture God shows them that the devil can never be equal with Himself, Elohim, the Creator. Two times God tells Moses ‘to make’ a bronze snake and ‘to put it on a pole’.
In Hebrew, the word ‘make’ means to do, to execute, to govern, to prepare, to provide, to hinder, to finish, to war against it, to work upon or to use for something. The word ‘put on’ means to determine, to appoint, to impute, to lay down or lay-up, a particular place for a particular purpose or to overturn the work of another.
Many hundreds of years later, Hezekiah King of Judah broke the bronze snake because the people worshiped it as an idol (2Kg 18:4)
From these words you can see that the devil is part of God’s creation. It is God who created all things for His purpose. The right of the Creator is to destroy what He wants to destroy. None can argue with that. The pole represents the Cross, raised on Calvary Hill, a particular place for a particular purpose. On that Cross Jesus said: It is finished!
This is the Gospel we preach: Our Lord, a sinless sacrifice, died on the Cross for our sins. He became sin so that His righteousness may be imputed upon us. He said that the snake that Moses made and set up is a symbol of His death and the power released at the Cross (Jn 3). He promised that He will die and rise again. He did! If you look at the Cross and with the eyes of the Spirit you see Christ crucified then you shall become born again, you shall live eternally. This is the truth: The devil is not the sovereign God! He is a created being. The Holy Spirit will reveal to you that the devil has being judged and found guilty as ‘a murderer from the beginning’. There is no redemption for the devil. Do not be afraid of the devil. Fear not the evil spirit of fear! The devil is a loser!
Stop grumbling against God and His ways with you! Do not be impatient! Stop grumbling against your pastor! This rebellious way of life will only increase your sorrows! Change your focus! Do not look to men for your deliverance! Look unto Jesus, the Author and the Finisher of our faith! Look at the Cross! Look long, patiently and repentantly, until the Holy Spirit will change your heart! There is Power in the Blood of Jesus! You shall see the price Love has paid for the salvation of your soul!
You shall weep and repent…to repent is not easy…but at last you shall be saved, healed and set free! This is the promise of God! I am a witness that it is so! The snake of unbelief bit me and I was dying…no mercy, no peace… Then I looked up and saw that the devil, my former master was ‘made and set up’. I changed my allegiance. I gave my life to Christ. Now Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord! Thru faith in His Blood I became saved and free. I now serve God! I preach the Gospel of Christ Crucified and Resurrected! You too, look to Jesus and be saved! The miracle of eternal life shall be your portion! Look and live!!!
In Christ I declare:
I am a child of God!
I am a sinner saved by the grace of God!
I reject every form of rebellion, pride, impatience and grumbling!
I have overcome the devil by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of my testimony!
I am a witness for Jesus Christ to the end of the world!
I have tasted God and declare that He is good!
I am saved, healed and delivered!
I have eternal life!
To the glory of God!
In Jesus name