The Serpent in the Wilderness – John 3:14-15February 28, 2021 / Bethel Church
The Serpent in the Wilderness – John 3:14-15
Jesus understood the Old Testament as pointing to .
The Bible is both -Historical in nature.
Jesus didn’t end his conversation with Nicodemus without pointing to the of the new birth — the basis of the salvation they had been talking about was the !
In this portion of the journey, the people became very (like CJ on the way to Sioux Falls)
Fiery Serpents? Lizards – Scorpians — Snakes? We do not know for sure but we do know that people from their
People came to Moses and asked him to on their behalf.
They wanted God to the serpents away.
This passage is a bit absurd in that it only makes sense if we understand it as a way of pointing the people’s back to God.
Absurd: Look at a bronze snake on a pole to cure an incurable snake bite.
You must i the problem to find the solution to it
The Christian faith is unique because it is not ““
Salvation is not based on works — but is based on Christ’s !
What Solutions would have seemed more reasonable?
I. They could have been told to create a to offset the poison
There was nothing but waiting for them as a result of their wound unless God furnished a remedy.
II. The ones bitten were not encouraged to follow the path of
God holds us r for past sins even if we have changed our ways.
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III. People were not told to the serpents off
Sin is not cured by a organization
IV. The people who were bit were not told to to the serpent on the pole.
One cannot themselves into heaven
What happened to the bronze serpent?
It was destroyed by King (2 Kings 18:4)
What does it mean to believe?
Illustration: John Paton
Faith + To stretch out and on Christ