The Brazen Serpent, by Benjamin West; among the overthrown, an unmistakable reference to the Laocoön (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hey person, were those Israelites finally happy after Moses struck that rock and got water to come out?
What do you mean, they had more problems? It seems like one thing or another is always happening to them.
They wanted to go through Edom and the king wouldn’t let them? What’s with that king? Doesn’t he know who he’s dealing with? After all, those Israelites have me on their side.
Yes, I’m listening person.
So the Israelites had to go along the route to the Red Sea in order to go around Edom, and they grew impatient and started complaining again.
Weren’t they going the wrong direction? I might start complaining too.
I am listening.
The Israelites complained that there was no bread or water, and they were really sick of that manna stuff.
I guess the Lord was sick of their complaining because He sent venomous snakes among them and some people got bit and died.
I guess it takes a lot to get those people’s attention.
The people went to Moses and admitted that they’d sinned against him and against the Lord, and asked Moses to pray to the Lord to take the snakes away.
Then the Lord told Moses to make a bronze snake and put it on a pole. When anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake he would live.
That must have been some magical snake. Maybe we should get one like that.
What do you mean we have one like that in a way?
Jesus was lifted up like the snake? Jesus isn’t a snake.
Oh. Jesus said that just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert He would be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.
But person, it’s almost Christmas time when Jesus comes as a little baby. Why would anyone lift up a little baby like that?
Jesus grew up? Really? I hope he doesn’t grow up too fast. I want to make sure to get my Christmas presents.
Oh, I almost forgot. Speaking of being lifted up, I got so excited about Christmas coming that I almost forgot that I have something to celebrate today. Today is National Mutt Day. So I thought I would show you a picture of one of my favorite mutts.
Shouldn’t I get some presents for National Mutt Day? After all, this is my special day.