I read and study the Bible a lot. I have been going over many verses about angels, one I found in Exodus brought me to the story of Moses. Up against the Red Sea, the angel gets between them, and the army. God’s angels or even the Angel of the Lord, Himself, has us when we are between the proverbial rock and hard place but that’s not the topic of my post.
That just made me think of what I had heard about Moses and the magicians of Pharaoh’s court, you might remember the scene from the Ten Commandments, they toss down rods that become cobras, Moses does the same but His staff devours theirs and he reaches to pick up the tail, leaving the head to God, and once again it is a staff.
Now, I know we are not used to seeing Jesus as a serpent, but hear me out because it is important and Biblical. When the Israelites were bitten by deadly serpents, Moses was instructed to fashion a brass serpent and put it on a pole. All who looked at it were healed. They carried it until the time of Hezekiah, but instead of seeing it as God’s healing they began to invent superstitions.
Now, this is a type of Christ, you see how He took our afflictions and punishment, Jesus alludes to it Himself, in John 3:14, 15. Bronze in the Bible is representative of sin, rebellion, and also of suffering. I am always amazed at what He took for me. Jesus, blamess, spotless, without sin, became sin to free us from it, so why still do it? Your spirit with His Spirit is stronger.
Because Jesus took the suffering and punishment we are free, righteous, blessed and beloved. And even healed. If we can look at Him, and see what He took in our place, it is gruesome, ugly and vile, but the sacrifice was beautiful and brought us eternal life, grace and peace.
Jesus took the curses, He broke them, there is always a little of it remaining in our lives even after being saved because of the flesh, and the ignorance of not knowing the spiritual aspects of it.
We can throw down that rod, the cross in a sense, and let Jesus devour the devourer, whether the remnants of the curse is in our bodies or our work or ministry. We can throw it down and leave head of the serpent to God. And pick it up again, and our rod and staff will comfort us.
The stick thrown into the bitter waters of Mara is also and example but remember Moses disobeyed and missed the Promised Land, would he have went to heaven, yes, but he missed blessings. When God told him to strike the rock, he did , but when he was told to speak to it, he hit it not once but twice, that staff was the same one that devoured the magicians cobras, it represented Christ.
Now, even before he was to make the brass serpent, God had His plan, and did not want Jesus stricken more than once. He was crucified once and for all and never will be again, so we are to speak to Him. The children of Israel murmured and complained and were bitten, they weren’t even happy with their manna. We want to be satisfied with our manna from heaven, Jesus, even if we are waiting for answers.
We all have tried to struggle and carry a cross and follow Him but He carried it for us, and we can just talk to Him. So let’s pray that He break the curses off any of our efforts, and bring us what we need, in Jesus name, we throw down that rod, and let Him crush that enemy. And we look to Him, and speak to Him and magnify His holy name. The Lamb slain from before the foundation our blessed Jesus.