KODIAK — Numbers 21:8-9 – “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 and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.”
Sitting here in the peanut gallery; watching and listening to the waves of politics on the threshold of the fall and winter holidays, reflecting on the previous decade of political correctness. It causes me to focus on my purpose to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination, which I hope is a shared point amongst believers.
As I was studying our opening scripture, it also referred me to the Gospel of John 3:14, which says “As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.” For me, it’s a cause and effect lesson, or a dos and don’ts form of instruction, or a physical illustration.
This is a great study!
The Old Testament part is focused on disbelief and complaining. The New Testament in the book of John, the Apostle is focused on believing.
In much of the New Testament, many of the writers use the word “faith”. The apostle John uses the word “believing” more so than “faith”. I’m convinced this is a New Testament principle and Biblical commentaries word it much better than I.
Are you familiar with the book of James 2:18?
“But someone will say, ‘You have faith, and I have works.’ Show me your faith without works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
Considering the two words – faith and believing – alone, they are both ambiguous but the Scripture of Romans 10:17 brings this into sharp clarity. “Faith comes from hearing and hearing the Word of God.”
Let us tell others the purpose of Christ and the cross.
Hebrews 9:22 – “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
Romans 6:23 – “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
Have you heard this saying? “I’m not saved by what I do. What I do shows I’m saved.”
As people of faith, believing in Christ Jesus, may our words and deeds be a living testimony of action.