Numbers 21:9 – The Serpent of Brass

Because of the Israelites’ insolence the Lord sent venomous snakes to bite and kill them. But then He provided them a way out by merely looking at a serpent of brass. This mini-gospel is rife with metaphors for ‘Christ crucified’.

Metaphors For Christ

Snake                      Christ our sin bearer
Brass                          Judgment warning
The color of brass                     red blood
On a pole                                   the cross
Lifted up                                       Calvary
Snake bitten                     death sentence
Look and live               believe the gospel

A Few Took A Look

Take one look at the serpent of brass.
Some thought not. “It’s undignified, crass“.
But a few took a look.
Now they’re writ in God’s book,
names inscribed by the ‘Great Gravi-tas’.

Numbers 21:8-9
A logical assumption
John 3:14-15
Revelation 21:27
Serious One, Rev 21:27 again


“For I determined not to know any thing among you, except Jesus Christ, and him crucified 1 Corinthians 2:2″.

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