In the world but not of it

July 23, 2010

Symbols…

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And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. John 3:14-15

The children of Israel were complaining once again. This time we are told that the Lord told Moses ““Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to a pole. All who are bitten will live if they simply look at it!” So Moses made a snake out of bronze and attached it to a pole. Then anyone who was bitten by a snake could look at the bronze snake and be healed! (Numbers 21:8-9)

In a world that rejects God it is interesting to see how many things in life and culture are symbolic of Him and His word. In these passages we see the symbol that we’ve come to know as being representative of medicine, the snake wrapped around the pole. Next time you see an ambulance look closely at what is called the “Star of Life” and you’ll see the symbol.

In the case of the snake and staff we see from the passage in John that it was something God gave the children of Israel to symbolize what was to come, the real Savior. It was not the snake and staff that saved them but rather “looking” at it. The term used here means to look at something with intensity and dependence upon it, in complete submission to it.

Of all the symbols God could have used He chose a snake and a staff. The snake represents rebirth and the staff represents authority…this is what we find in Jesus’ statement here in John. As we look to Him we are reborn because He is the only one who has the authority and the power to do it.

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