I’m busy reading through the Bible from cover to cover for my third time and the more I read the more I realise just how much there is in the Bible that all points to Jesus, His death and the salvation that we have through Him. A day or two ago I was reading in Numbers 21 where it talks about God sending in poisonous snakes through the Israelites, because of their grumbling against God, while they were wondering around through the wilderness. Israel then realised their sin and repented, so God told Moses to make a snake of copper and put it on top of a flagpole and that whoever was bitten and looked at the snake would be healed and live. I remember learning in Sunday school that this story pointed to Jesus dying on the cross for us and that if we look to Him and believe then we are saved. But what I didn’t quite get then and what I get now, is that there’s another link. The snakes are also a reference to Satan, in the same way that he came disguised as a snake to Eve in the Garden of Eden. What I find interesting is that in God’s righteous anger He sent those snakes to bite and kill the Israelites for their disobedience. God as a righteous God has to exact punishment for disobedience, but He is also faithful, merciful and willing to save when we repent of our sins. We are all sinful. We have all been bitten by Satan, and his poison is lies. But God has already made a way to save us from Satan’s poison, He sent Jesus to die for us and pay the penalty for our sins which is death and all we have to do is look up to the cross and believe. Thus, by believing in that which took place on the cross, we are spiritually healed for eternity. And that truly is good news.

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