Daily Devotion on Numbers 21:4-9

Text: Numbers 21:4-9

I HATE snakes. I have harbored a deep loathing for those slithering reptiles for my whole life. As a child I would never let my arm hang over the side of the bed because I was convinced that snakes were living under my bed just waiting for the chance to strike (even though I lived in Michigan where the only snakes around are little harmless garter snakes). I hate snakes, and I know I am not alone in this hatred.

My hatred of snakes would have made the scene depicted in Numbers 21 dreadful. I imagine that even snake lovers would have would have been uncomfortable with what took place in that desert. But no matter how terrible it must have been to be surrounded by snakes and dying people, it was well deserved.

Just as the Israelites were deserving of punishment for their terrible, sinful grumbling against God we too are worthy of suffering and death. It is far too easy to fall into the sin of discontentment with how God is allowing our lives to turn out. It is a sin we all commit every day, a sin which deserves punishment.

BUT, Just as the Israelites were given a way to escape this terrible death by their loving God, we too have been given a way to escape the terrible death we deserve. The Israelites could look to the bronze snake secured to a pole and they would live. We look to Jesus Christ secured to the cross and we will live.

Prayer: My faith looks up to thee,

Thou Lamb of Calvary

Savior divine.

Now hear me while I pray;

Take all my guilt away;

Oh, let me from this day be wholly thine!

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About vicarhoff

I am thrilled and honored to be serving as vicar/intern at Christ the King Lutheran Church and School for a whole year!

Posted on March 12, 2012, in Church, Daily Devotions, Preschool and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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