A Short Study of Numbers 21:8

“And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.”
(Numbers 21:8)

The wounded person had simply to look and live; to look not at himself, not at his wounds, not at others around him, but directly and exclusively to God’s remedy. He was called to fix his earnest gaze upon God’s remedy, which was so placed that all might see it. If he refused to look at that, there was nothing for him but death. There was no possible need to look anywhere else, for the word was that everyone gets better when they look upon it, and they shall live. He was to look up to the brazen serpent, for the brazen serpent was God’s exclusive remedy. To look anywhere else was to get nothing; to look at God’s provision was to get life. No one could be saved by proxy; no one could look for another. There was life in a look, but the look had to be given. This was God’s order then, and this is His order now. Look! Look to Christ and live! (Isaiah 45:21).

Scott Richardson

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