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February 12, 2021 11:03 am
Mathew Henry's Comentary Opened my mind to something Amazing -
So today on Bible numbers if you ever wondered about why the snake upon a pole and why why Jesus would later refer to that incident always thought like why am a world would Jesus talk about a snake being lifted up like the Son of Man seems kind of bizarre to think that working to compare a servant to Jesus. So let's go back to that story and in Numbers 21 which says the Israelites traveled from mount horror along the route to the Sea of Reeds in order to go around the land of Edom, the spirit of the people became impatient along the way they spoke against God and Moses, why have they brought us from Egypt to die in the wilderness because there is no bread, no water and are very spirits to test this despicable food sweat, my sent poisonous serpents among the people and they bit the people in many of the people of Israel died. The people came to Moses and said, we have sinned. When we spoke against Adam I and you pray that life for us that he may take away the snakes so Moses prayed for the people that and I said to Moses, make yourself a fiery snake and put it on a pole whenever anyone is been bitten will look at it. He will live. So Moses made a bronze snake and put it on a pole and it happened that whenever a snake bit anyone. He looked at the bronze snake and he lived with that in mind if you look at that verse in John 314. It reads, just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert so the Son of Man must be lifted up so that whoever believes in him may have eternal life, and I've wondered about that.
Actually, for years I mean I could see that yet.
We need to look up to Christ when we're being tempted and those kind of things but I just never related why in the world with the serpent be used in Numbers 21, you know, I knew that the serpent was what had bit them in a clearly in the serpent was clearly what bit Adam and Eve in the garden, but what how would that be a picture of Christ in any way shape or form.
So what I did was I went to study commentary Matthew Henry, my personal favorite at an as I did that I came across this.
Although I know I once before. This time it actually sent into the cold and maybe have thought of this before but this time I really saw it for the first time in my mind I'm like oh my goodness that is so amazing, so beautiful, so what Matthew Henry said that just really flipped my switch and reading from his commentary on Numbers 21 surprised though perfectly free from sin, himself, yet was made in the likeness of sinful flesh. In other words, what is this discussing is a snake. To most people, I mean I know there's those people really like snakes but for the most part the people run when they see as negative, disgusted, and so we know that Satan was a picture of that first sin. This serpent, and so while we made when Christ is being compared to this serpent. He was made to BRC and so is he is lifted up these lifted up as a spectacle right as an ensign as the word is actually the word pole in Hebrew, like the banner over me is love. Wow when we look up and we see Christ on that pole on that cross were literally looking at our own sin and what Jesus quoted their is not unlike what's written in Romans chapter 8 verse three which is spectacular. It says for what was impossible by the Torah since it was weakened on account of the flesh, God is done sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh and is a sin offering, he condemned sin in the flesh, so such a picture we have here as we wander about the serpent up on the pole and as I study this more when that in Ephesians 6 talks about stand therefore that word stand begins with this idea of the hand of God coming down and then you have. This is adequate. We talked about the previous chapter being righteousness, but that last letter that Bette is talking about looking up towards the kingdom. So as we stand we can look up and see this serpent are sin up on the cross that Jesus and be lifted up as an ensign really has the banner over me is love and a spectacle over Satan