Moses and the Bronze Serpent
This is a true story. It comes from Numbers Chapter 21 in your Bible.
In the Old Testament, we are reminded again and again through the stories that when God made a promise, He kept it. Even when the perfect Creation was ruined, God made a plan to save us from sin. He loved us enough to sacrifice something very special to Him.
In Numbers chapter 21 of the Bible, the story of Moses and the Bronze Serpent takes place during the Israelites' journey through the wilderness. The Israelites become discouraged and impatient, speaking against God and Moses. As a result, God sends poisonous snakes among them, and many people are bitten and die.
The Israelites realize their sin and repent, seeking Moses' intercession. Moses prays to God on their behalf, and God instructs him to make a bronze serpent and put it on a pole. God promises that whoever looks at the bronze serpent when bitten will live.
Moses follows God's instructions, crafting the bronze serpent and placing it on a pole. Anyone who is bitten by a snake and looks at the bronze serpent is miraculously healed and saved from death.
This story illustrates both the consequences of the Israelites' disobedience and God's mercy and provision. The bronze serpent serves as a symbol of God's healing power and the necessity for faith and obedience. Later in the New Testament, Jesus references this event, comparing it to his own crucifixion, where he becomes the ultimate remedy for sin and death, offering salvation to all who look to him in faith.