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Faith: Snake-bit Anti-Venom

"And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life." - John 3: 14.

In today's Bible Study at GHBC, we looked at the Gospel reading for the Second Sunday in Lent (John 3:1-17.  It's Jesus teaching Nicodemus about being born (again) of water and the Spirit.  It has three separate and distinct "I tell you the truth" statements.  But the part of the text that caught my attention was due to my unfamiliarity with the scriptural reference which was made.  In Verse 14, there is a comparison of believing between Moses lifting up a serpent in the wilderness and the Son of Man being lifted up.  If I had heard the story in Numbers 21 about the bronze Snake, I'd forgotten it.  But the remedy for being snake-bit in the wilderness as a result of the people's impatience and speaking out against God was Moses fashioning a bronze snake onto a pole which the people could gaze upon.  Anyone bitten could look to the bronze snake and still live.

As we finished, when the Chaplain asked if I had anything to add, I admitted I had missed the Numbers reference to the bronze snake.  I mistaken thought that verse related to one of the Signs for Moses when he stood before the Lord questioning his ability to lead the people out of bondage.  The Lord commanded him to throw his staff to the ground.  It became a snake and Moses ran from it.  The Lord then instructed Moses to put out his hand and grab a snake by its tail.  As he did, it again became the staff in his hand.  

Anyway, I learned something new today.  And it's all related to snake-handling.  Pretty cool.