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Lifted Up, Raised and Ascended
And so, after God . . .
– sent the 10 plagues on Egypt to free the Israelites
– enabled the Israelites to carry away the riches of Egypt
– provided the pillars of fire and cloud to guide them
– moved the pillars to protect the Israelites
– parted the Red Sea (or Sea of Reeds)
– closed the waters to drown the pursuing Egyptians
– sweetened the waters at Marah
– sent quails and manna to feed the Israelites
– provided water from the rock in Horeb
– enabled the Israelites to defeat the Amalekites
– came in thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over Mount Sinai
– descended to Sinai in fire with an earthquake
– appeared in His Shekinah Glory over the Israelites’ Tabernacle
– caused the earth to swallow Koreb and his rebellious followers
– enabled the Israelites to destroy the Canaanites at Hormah
After all this, the Israelites grew impatient, and spoke against God and Moses.
Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.
Then God told Moses to make a bronze snake and put it up on a pole so the people could easily see it. God would use this bronze snake to heal people so they wouldn’t die.
And what would God require the people to do in order to live?
– NOT to build an altar to God
– NOT to make a sacrifice to God
– NOT to bring an offering to God
– NOT to promise to love God with all their soul, mind and strength
– NOT to obey all God’s commands
– NOT to have faith that would move mountains
– NOT to sin no more
– NOT to worship God more fervently
– NOT to praise God more frequently
– NOT to pray to God even longer
– NOT even to quit complaining about eating manna every day
Just LOOK at it. Not look and believe . . . just look.
“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.
Now faith is a very integral component in Jesus’ completed work of salvation. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
This episode with the snakes is a foreshadowing of things to come . . . a precursor to Jesus’ death on the cross to save our lives from sin. God chose the circumstances and the action to be taken to save one’s life.
God knows full well the frailty of belief from men, and I believe He has chosen to require only a simple trust from a person in Jesus as Savior. And, although it is impossible to completely understand, God then has given to each of us the sufficient measure of faith . . . it is not of ourselves, it is the gift of God. We can’t fully understand this . . . we have only to accept the gift in belief . . . and give thanks and praise to God for it!
We are fortunate that we have more than a bloodied, pierced, dead Savior lifted up on a cross to look to. We have a triumphant Savior, raised from the dead in total and complete victory over the sin that would deny us life. And now, He has ascended to the Father, our Father in heaven, where He now sits at God’s right hand, interceding on our behalf, until God makes His enemies His footstool.
Praise God! Maranatha!
- Low in the grave He lay,
Jesus, my Savior,
Waiting the coming day,
Jesus, my Lord!
Vainly they watch His bed,
Jesus, my Savior;
Vainly they seal the dead,
Jesus, my Lord!
Death cannot keep his Prey,
Jesus, my Savior;
He tore the bars away,
Jesus, my Lord!
Up from the grave He arose,
- With a mighty triumph o’er His foes,
- He arose a Victor from the dark domain,
- And He lives forever, with His saints to reign.
- He arose! He arose!
- Hallelujah! Christ arose!
Robert Lowry, 1874