Looking at the Bronze Snake

October 31,2015


I made a covenant with myself last month that I will devote at least 30 minutes of my time to pray and read the Bible. At first I was consistent, I read, I prayed, I praised, and I worship. But as time pressed on, I became busy and overwhelmed by my responsibilities. I unconsciously scratched off the covenant I made not just with myself but with God. So this morning, I started and tried to concretize that covenant, again. Wishing, praying, I would be disciplined enough to be consistent in reading and meditating in the Word.

In the story of the Bronze Snake (Numbers 21: 4-9), the Israelites put matters into their own hands at one point in their wandering years in the wilderness. They began to speak against Moses and God, “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!” Then God sent snakes to those who are speaking and revolting against Him. Many were terrified and brought to their senses. They started to repent themselves.

God had Moses construct a bronze serpent and raised it with a pole. After being bitten by snakes, the people simply had to “look at the bronze snake and be healed!” (v.9). If they looked to themselves or to their neighbor—even to Moses—they would die. But if the people would look upward to the gift from their God, they would gain life. (ODJ)

The temptation to look inward offers quite an allure. It makes us feel as if we’re in control. This seductive path sabotages our humble posture of coming—broken and in need of mercy—to our Redeemer. Jesus has come because we are bankrupt, not because we are managing nicely on our own. (ODJ)

It’s true that being BUSY is Being Under Satan’s Yoke and being too pre-occupied by life’s demands makes you forget the power of God in your life. When I made a flashback at what happened to my life, mostly, the times when I am too busy with my life and the times when I think I can do it alone is when the bad ones happen. Of course, I am not spared from going through tough times too even I am on fire for Jesus. What makes it different? Going through those moments of weakness, trials, and fears victoriously with God’s grace makes it different. It makes life easier to bear and easier to embrace.

“And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life” (John 3:14, 15)

Written way back in January 25, 2010