Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The Fourth Book of Moses Called Numbers
Brass Serpent Bible Lesson
Fiery Serpent Of Brass Pole
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is
our Brass Serpent Bible study takes a look into the very concerning
Fiery Serpent of Brass story and how it affects your be-YOU-tiful
Brass Serpent Bible Teaching
Fiery Serpent Of Brass Event
It's a pleasure to have you back with us again at Daily Bread. We're
following Moses along with the children of Israel in their final
months in the wilderness before entering the Promised Land. It's been
40 years now that they have wandered in the wilderness because of all
of their defiance against God. It is kind of like fate and destiny.
Their destiny was to get to the Promised Land. Their fate
was their choice to question and test God which hindered them
from getting there sooner and for many of them ... At all.
News of Israel coming to conquer had reached Canaan and when king
Arad, who ruled in the south, heard of the spies and that Israel was
on it's way, he fought against Israel, and took some of them as
prisoners. God's people made a promise to God that if He would give
them His power, they would totally ruin their cities.
Brass Serpent Bible Study
Fiery Serpent of Brass Story
The Lord delivered the Canaanites into their hands and Israel
prevailed, destroying them and their cities and Israel called the
place Hormah, which means, Utter destruction.
As you recall, the last place that the children of Israel stopped was
at mount Hor, where Aaron had died. From there, the Lord led them
south again, all the way down to the Red Sea to go around the land of
Edom. On a map, the area of the Red Sea that is referred to is called
the Gulf of Aqaba. The people were discouraged because of this route,
because it was in the opposite direction of the Promised Land.
The people grumbled against God and Moses again, Why did you bring us
out of Egypt, to die in the wilderness? There's no bread or water,
and our people hate this light bread (manna). So the Lord sent fiery
serpents among them and they bit the people, and many people of
Brass Serpent Bible Punishment
Fiery Serpent of Brass Explained
Now, what does this mean ... Fiery serpent? It could mean
that they were made of fire, or they could have been a fiery red. It
could mean that they were easily provoked, that their bite caused a
burning sensation, or that they were inflamed, big huge snakes. In
any case, it must have been a horrifying thing!
Oh, you bet the people came running to Moses again, saying, We've
sinned, we objected to the Lord and you. Pray to God that He takes
away these serpents from us. So Moses did pray for the people.
The Lord told Moses, Make you a fiery serpent and set it up on a pole
and whenever anyone is bitten, when they look at it, they'll live.
Moses made a serpent of brass and put it on a pole and it happened
just as the Lord said, and the people who were bitten, when they
looked at the serpent of brass, they lived.
Hungry for a little Daily Bread Stick? This was a shadow of what would
happen in the future:
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have eternal life.
Brass Serpent Bible Staff
Fiery Serpent of Brass Song
Back to our story ... Numbers
21:10-16 tells the cities that the children of Israel journeyed
on their way around Edom. When they got to Beer, which means, A well,
the Lord told Moses, Gather the people together and I'll give them
water. They were so happy they sang this song:
17 Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye
18 The princes digged the well, the nobles of the people
digged it, by the direction of the lawgiver, with their staves. And
from the wilderness they went to Mattanah:
From Beer they went to Mattanah, then to Nahaliel, then to Bamoth,
then to the top of Pisgah. Then Israel sent messengers to Sihon, the
king of the Amorites saying, Let me pass through your land. We won't
pass through the fields or through the vineyards or drink the water
from the well. We'll stay on the kings highway and not wander from it
until we have passed your borders.
Brass Serpent Bible Understanding
Fiery Serpent of Brass Not to be Forgotten
But Sihon wouldn't allow Israel to travel through his land Now,
remember the king of Edom refused Israel passage so they went all the
way around Edom. They weren't about to go all the way around the land
of the Amorites, and God was pretty fed up by Sihon's refusal, so
Israel destroyed the Amorites with the edge of the sword and took
possession of his land from Arnon to Jabbok.
They conquered all the way to the land of Ammon, because the children
of Ammon, at the border, were strong. Israel took all the cities of
the Amorites in Heshbon and all the villages of it. (Sihon had won
the land of Moab when he formerly fought with Ar, the king of Moab,
and took all the land up to Arnon.
Here's a little Daily Bread crumb for you.
Wherefore they that speak in proverbs say, Come into Heshbon, let the
city of Sihon be built and prepared:
Well, Solomon wasn't born yet so it wasn't him who wrote this
proverb, but just as today, we hear historical stories through songs,
they had ballad tellers back then too. If you'd like to read the rest
of the ballad, or proverb, it continues through Verse 30.
Brass Serpent Bible Warning
Fiery Serpent of Brass Blessing
So Israel stayed in the land of the Amorites and Moses sent spies out
to Jaazer and they conquered their villages and drove out the
Amorites that lived there too. Then they headed in the direction of
Bashan, and Og who was one of the last of the giants, went out to
battle against Israel with all his people in Edrei.
The Lord told Moses, Don't be afraid of him. I'll give you victory
over him and his people and his land, and you'll do the same to him
as you did to Sihon. So Israel defeated Og and his sons and his
people until there were none left alive, and they possessed his land.
With the conquest of Canaan still before them, the children of Israel
are getting a little bit of battlefield training. When the Lord is
with you, the physical part is effortless, He takes care of it all.
If we don't fight with Him, He will fight for us, just ask the
children of Israel.
Brass Serpent Bible Summary
Fiery Serpent of Brass Conclusion
The moral of this story and how it affects your Christian walk is not
to take God and what He does for us for granted. In our next story
... You will read about a talking donkey ... It should be mighty
interesting. Join us again, won't you, right here at Daily Bread!
New Testament Daily Bread
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare