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Snakes. Venomous snakes. Thousands of them. Pulsating. Writhing. Hissing. Surrounding me. Mouths gaping and fangs exposed. Their strikes are imminent. My heart throbs, my breaths shallow and painful. I wait for death.

Until a voice shouts—“Look up and live!”

How would you react? Would you rip your eyes from the disaster swirling at your feet on a chance you’d survive?

That’s exactly what God called His people to do in Numbers 21:1-9. They had complained against Moses and the provision of the manna God provided for them to eat. God sent judgment in the form of fiery serpents and many Israelites died.

The people cried out from the middle of the increasing body count and confessed their sin of  speaking against the Lord and against Moses. They asked Moses to intercede with the Lord to remove the serpents. Moses petitioned and God answered.

However, God didn’t wave His arm and make the serpents vanish. He didn’t tell them to form a committee on snake extermination, nor did He send them to Poison Control for an anti-venom injection. No. He provided a way of escape.

God instructed Moses to make a fiery serpent and place it on a standard in the midst of the people. The Lord said those who were bitten could look to the bronze serpent and live. But each one of them had to choose—accept God’s only provision or reject it.

Noxious deceptions speak against God everyday. We’ve grown accustomed to, even comfortable with the hissing of the serpent’s lies, giving them pet names like “right to choose” or “alternate life style” or “entitlement.” These perversions bare their fangs and inject the poison of duplicity into our families, our churches, and, our children are the ultimate target and their prize.

The issues of today? Snakes that speak against God, as we sit mesmerized by their lies. Our eyes riveted and our minds sedated with fear, unable to discern the eternal consequences of living alongside these thrashing snares.

Have addictions, anger, adultery or any of the long list of the serpent’s lies painted a bulls eye on your backside?

God still offers life. He shouts—“Look to the cross! Trust Jesus to heal you.” But we remain apathetic and prideful, listening to the whispers of dissimulation rather than looking to and choosing the only way—God’s mercy and grace—paid for by the blood of The Lamb.

The power to break sin’s evil, hypnotic stranglehold comes through the blood of Jesus and the Word of God. That power is given again and again when I repent and consider the legacy I am leaving to my children and return to walk in obedience to the Word.

I must seek God’s truth. I must know His truth. I must love His truth. And I must be so rooted and grounded in the Word of God that at the first ping of evil, a dissonant chord will chime in my heart and I will make the choice to agree with and obey Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord.


“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; that whoever believes may in Him have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did  not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.” (John 3:14-17 NAS).

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