Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


August 10, 2010

I don't much like snakes along with many of you. But a snake can teach us about the Cross of Christ.

For the Lord said to Moses, "Make a snake and put it up on a pole, anyone who is bitten can look at it and live." So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake, they lived.
- Numbers 21:8,9 TNIV

The broken record of Israel's history plays again: God cares for them, they whine and complain, sin greatly, cry to be saved from themselves, and God provides, forgives. Over and over again. This time God tells Moses to make a pole, a bronze snake, and if the sinners but look to the pole, the snake, they will be spared. And they are. It seems that a snake saves them.
I am told by pilots of airplanes that when they line up for a visual approach at an airport, they are taught to keep their eyes focused on the far end of the runway. To do so helps to land the plane safely. Likewise, we look upon the snake; in this case, it's the cross of Jesus Christ. And we arrive safely. Keep the focus on the cross of Christ.

Dale Patterson