Look and Live !

Moses serpent 3And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up . . . That whosoever believeth in Him (the Word of God), should not perish, but have Eternal Life !”

John 3:14-15 & I John 5:11-12

“And they journeyed from Mount Hor by the way of the Red Sea, to compass the land of Edom; and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.” The Lord does not remove all the difficulties and trials and hardships from the pathway of his people. He would have them learn to put their trust in Him, believing that the invisible God is their mighty helper. . . .

The Promise was made that whosoever looked upon the brazen serpent should live; and to those who looked the promise was verified. But if anyone said: “What good will it do to look? I shall certainly die under the serpent’s deadly sting;” if he continued to talk of his deadly wound, and declared that his case was hopeless, and would not perform the simple act of obedience, he would die. But everyone who looked, lived !

“Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Just as long as we look at our sins, and talk of and deplore our wretched condition, our wounds and putrefying sores will remain. It is when we take our eyes from ourselves, and fasten them upon the uplifted Saviour, that our souls find hope and peace . . . .

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Look and Live !

Moses serpent1     “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