“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up . . . that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Eternal Life !” “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me . . . And this He said, signifying what death He should die . . . !” John 3:14-15 & 12:32-33
” The Hebrews in their affliction could not save themselves from the effect of the fiery serpents. God alone could save sinful, rebellious Israel, by His infinite power; yet, in His wisdom, He did not see fit to pardon their transgressions without testing their repentance and faith !
They were required, by an act of their own, to show their penitence (regret and sorrow for sins), and faith in the provision that God had made for their recovery. They, on their part, must act. They must look, in order to live . . . . The act of looking showed their faith in the Son of God, Whom the serpent represented . . . !” Continue reading