Reflection on Numbers 21:1-9

Scripture

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, he lived.

Observation

The Canaanite king of Arad attacks the Israelites, capturing some of them. The people call out to the Lord, vowing to destroy the city if the Lord gives them victory. They do this, destroying the towns and the people.

As they travel on, the people become impatient, and they speak out against God and against Moses. The Lord sends venomous snakes which kill many people. The Israelites repent, Moses prays, and the Lord tells him to make a bronze snake which will bring healing to people who are bitten.

Application

The story of Israel is replete with ups and downs, victories and defeats. All through their history, there are times of awesome faith in the Lord and there are times of terrible unbelief and sin.

All of us go through similar cycles of great faith and great sin.

The key to overcoming and walking in victory is simple: Don’t give up.

Today’s defeat, sin or opposition can so quickly turn to victory as we surrender ourselves to the Lord and let Him have His way in us.

Prayer

Praise be to you heavenly Father. Please help me to walk increasingly in your ways, overcoming every sin and temptation. Amen.

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