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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.
Here again, the scripture tells the story of the Israelites complaining against God and Moses. They hated the wilderness; they complained about no bread and water and hated the manna. God punished them by sending snakes, and the snakes were killing them. They repented before Moses and asked God to help them. God told Moses to construct a bronze snake and set it on the top of a pole, and when they Israelites would look at it they would live. Moses obeyed the Lord. The Israelites could then “Look And Live,” and they did.
Snakes have ALWAYS been linked to the underworld. As in, the devil appeared to Eve in the form of a snake. These snakes sent by God were wreaking havoc on the Israelites because of their sin. And God sent the snakes! When Moses obeyed the Lord and erected a bronze snake on the top of a pole, the Israelites could then “Look And Live.” In John 3:14, this story is likened to Jesus being raised on a cross to die. The scripture tells us that Jesus was made sin for us (2 Cor. 5:21). He smashed the enemies hold on us through His death on the cross and subsequent resurrection from the grave. When I was a boy, we would sing an old gospel hymn “Look And Live.” The words went like this: “Look and Live, my brother Live. Look to Jesus Christ and Live; ‘Tis recorded in His Word hallelujah! It is only that you Look And Live.” I know in my most troubling times the enemy of my soul comes at me with all kinds of images of defeat, and it is in those times that Jesus becomes my focus. I stop what I’m doing and raise my eyes to Him, so I can “Look And Live.”
I have trained my eyes on You again this AM. My gaze is fixed. All day long I will Look On You And Live! Amen