Reflections From The Bible And Life

God’s Words Are Solid As A Rock

Numbers 21:4-9; Psalms 89:1-29; John 8:21-30

In the time of Moses, after Moses led the Israelites out from slavery into a desert en route to the Promised Land, the Israelites were blessed with manna coming from heaven. Yet, they took everything granted, not realizing that they could die without food in the desert had God not helped them, and how much they have been blessed right from the start. They have become spoiled. God sent poisonous snakes to bite them. It was only then that the Israelites realized the gravity of their sins, and asked Moses to intercede for them by asking God to have mercy on them on their behalf. God told Moses to make a bronze snake and erect it, which became the end of his staff. God said whoever were bitten by the poisonous snakes will be healed if they look at the snake made by Moses.

In a similar way, God blessed us with His Only Son, Jesus. In Jesus’ time, there was so much evil going on, caused by pride, greed and jealousy. Many became His followers at first, but then people were easily swayed by the Pharisees. The Pharisees were jealous of Jesus’ fame among the crowds that they relentlessly tried to persecute Him, and eventually were able to persuade people to punish Him. The leaders had nothing on their minds but to remain in power. They did not really care about justice. They cared about maintaining their popularity, and that’s why they did things that were favorable to the people in their eyes, even when it meant crucifying Jesus. Pilate felt guilty (but not enough) that he had to wash his hands after going against his wishes, just to be in tune with the people’s demands. Jesus died and rose again. When He died and rose again, he cleansed us from our sins. A lot of us now are suffering from our sins, just like being bitten by the serpents who bit the Israelites in Moses’ time, or the curse caused by the sin Adam and Eve committed when they were persuaded by the serpent to commit sin.

The manna in the desert is Jesus when He was here on earth, whom we have spoken against and taken for granted. The poisonous snake are the many sins caused by greed, pride, lust, selfishness, and lack of concern for others. The bronze snake is our salvation by Jesus through His death and resurrection, symbolized by the cross that He was bound to.

Both the bronze snake (back then) and the cross with Jesus (now) reminds us how sinful we are and how we constantly hurt the Lord with our disobedience. However, God tells us that all we need to do is look at it and be healed. With Jesus’s death and resurrection, all we need to do is believe and be healed. We should believe that by His death and resurrection we are healed. Of course, if we believe in how bad we have been right from the start, our heart will also tell us to repent for our sins. True repentance occurs are deeply and truly remorseful of what we have done and ask the Lord for his forgiveness. If we are truly remorseful, then we should refrain from doing it again. With this kind of repentance and faith in the Lord’s salvation, we are saved, just like the repentant Israelites in Moses’ time.

When God makes His promises, He keeps,eternally, no matter what, for the Lord’s love is steadfast. King David sinned against God by having Bathsheba’s husband killed in war, and committing adultery with Bathsheba and even having her child.

God said,
“For-ever I will keep my steadfast love for him,
and my covenant with him will stand firm.
I will establish his line for ever,
and his throne as long as the heavens endure.” – Psalms 89:27-29

Jesus comes from a very long line of descendants coming from David’s line. God kept His promise about David through the prophet. Likewise, the promise of salvation is there for those who seek it. We just have to claim it and transform ourselves anew.

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