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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Brass Serpent

Moses did many miracles for
the Israelites. How could they
not believe?
In ancient times, Moses led his people out of captivity. Many times they were stubborn and quick to forget the Lord. They often rebelled against God and also Moses.

In one instance the children of Israel murmured against Moses because of the lack of food in the wilderness. God sent fiery serpents among the people to chasten and humble them, and many of the people who were bitten died. The people began to mourn because of the result of their iniquity and asked Moses to pray to the Lord and ask for the serpents to be taken away.

Moses, being instructed by God, put a brass serpent on a pole and told the people that as many as would look on it would not die but would be healed, and those who did not would perish. In 1 Nephi 17, we learn that "because of the simpleness of the way, or the easiness of [the task] there were many who perished."

Look, and live!
I find it interesting that the only thing the people who were bitten had to do was look towards the brass serpent. They didn't have to do some great work or feat, they only had to look towards the brass serpent. Even though that was all that had to be done, still people did not choose to listen and be healed because of how easy it was to do.

The brass serpent is what is called a type, or symbol of Jesus Christ. Just as the brass serpent healed those who looked toward it, Jesus Christ will heal us if we look toward Him. Our healing comes through turning our life towards the Savior. There are many who are sick today who seek to be healed. There are also many who, because of the simpleness of the gospel, will not look towards the Savior for their healing. Our healing can only come through looking towards Jesus Christ.

Let us learn from this Old Testament story and apply it in our own lives. Let us be like the children of Israel who looked towards the brass serpent when Moses told them to. Let us look towards Jesus Christ and be healed.

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