Bible Commentary: “Lifted Up” The Days Of Lent

February 20, 2015 at 4:09 pm | Posted in Bible Commentary | Leave a comment
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“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life ” (John 3:14-15 NIV).

As the Israelite are traveling through the desert once again they begin to grumble and complain about the heat, the lack of food and water and they raise their voices against Moses and against God, “They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.  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, he lived” (Numbers 21:4-9 NIV).

God didn’t tell them He was displeased with their actions He showed them quite clearly. Suddenly there were venomous snakes that were biting the people and many were dying. The Israelites immediately associate their actions with the arrival of the snakes and come to the conclusion that they sinned against God and against Moses. So they confess their sins and ask Moses to pray that God will take the snakes away. God forgives them but does an interesting thing, He doesn’t take the snakes away, however, He tells Moses to make an image of the snake and put it on a pole so that no matter where anyone is, if they are bitten, they can quickly look up and see the image and the poison will not kill him. So that is what Moses does, he makes an image in bronze and puts in on a high pole and they people look upon it and live.

Jesus said, “But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself. He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die” (John 12:32 NIV). Jesus was addressing a crowd that, some Greeks were among who had asked Philip that they would like to see Jesus.  Jesus tells them He must be lifted up to draw all men unto Himself. He was telling them that, just as Moses put the snake on the pole and the Israelite looked at the snake and they lived, the people must look at Jesus on the cross then they would receive Him and live.

Child of God – No longer is Jesus on the cross, now He is in the hearts of all believers and it is our responsibility to lift Him up in our conversations, in our behavior towards others, in our work ethics. The more that others see Jesus in us the more drawn to Him they will become.  If we do not lift Him up then who will? Jesus will do the drawing to Himself; we need to show Him to the world.

Our prayer:
Lord, help me to lift you up in every act of my life, everywhere, every time. That others may see you in me and be drawn onto you. Thank you for the provision of life for us through your sacrifice. Amen.

If you want to have a personal relationship with Jesus as your Lord and Savior pray: “Dear Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and that out of love for me you willingly sacrificed your life so that I may live. I repent of all my sins and open my heart to you as my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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