Promoting Word Study
Have you heard this story from Numbers 21: 4-9? It goes like this:
” And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived”. (KJV)
This story is an example of how we are to treat Jesus in our lives. A story like this is called an allegory. An allegory is when a spiritual meaning is represented by one subject under the guise of another. So the serpent of brass represents Jesus and we are the ones who have been bitten. So God is saying if we behold Jesus, if we keep our eyes on Jesus then we are promised to live.
When I say live, I don’t mean just exist. Living with Jesus is more than that. Have you ever heard of the word Shalom? It is a Hebrew word that Jesus used. He left it with us before he went to Heaven. Guess what it means? Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare,safety soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, and the absence of agitation or discord. Shalom comes from the root verb shalem meaning to be complete, perfect and full. That definition is from the Strong’s Concordance. When we behold Jesus Shalom is what we get in return. How do I know this? Experience