Term 1 – Week 2
Big Idea – Just like the bronze snake in the desert we can look to Jesus to be saved!
Numbers 20 & 21, John 3:14
- Understand that the Israelites complained because they didn’t trust God
- Rejoice in how God provided a way of salvation through the bronze snake
- Look to Jesus’ death on the cross for salvation like the bronze snake (John 3)
- Belief – look to the cross to be saved!
- Behaviour – learn the lesson from the Israelites to not grumble but to trust God
The Israelites had been wandering in the wilderness when they complained to Moses and to God. God had done some pretty amazing things for the Israelites- He rescued them from the hand of Pharoah, He parted the Red Sea so they could safely cross, and He provided manna for them to eat. But to the Israelites, this wasn’t enough.
God disciplined them because He knew their dissatisfaction was a sign of a bigger issue: a heart problem, a sin problem. They stopped believing that God is good. In their hearts, the Israelites believed the same lie that rattled Eve in the garden. Maybe God isn’t interested in giving us what is best. Maybe He is holding out on us.
God sent venomous snakes that bit the people and killed many of them. The Israelites repented. They wanted Moses to ask God to take away the snakes.
God provided a solution. He told Moses, “Make a snake image out of bronze and mount it on a pole. When anyone who is bitten looks at it, he will recover.”
In John 3:14, Jesus said, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up.” What was Jesus talking about? 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “He made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Jesus was lifted up on the cross for the salvation of God’s people, just like the bronze snake in the wilderness.
We all believe lies about God and sin against him, so we must look to Jesus and trust Him to be saved. Christians can heed the warning against grumbling like the Israelites. Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us:
‘Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight’
God’s people in God’s place – Awesome Cutlery
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