Monday, July 20, 2015

Look to Jesus and Live

Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up.
—John 3:14
Because his angels he commands
to bear you safely in their hands,
to guard your ways, lest left alone
you dash your foot against a stone.
—Psalm 91:11-12
Suggested tune (Ely):
From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.” Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.” So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.
—Numbers 21:4-9
Bitten by the fiery serpents, the people looked to the brazen serpent, and they were healed. Now, bitten by sin, you look to him, who was made sin for us; and, looking to him, your guilt passes away, and the poison of your sinfulness meets its antidote. We look to Jesus and live.
—Charles Spurgeon
Dearest Savior, we adore thee
for thy precious life and death;
melt each stubborn heart before thee,
give us all the eye of faith:
From the law’s condemning sentence,
to thy mercy we appeal;
thou alone canst give repentance,
thou alone our souls canst heal. Amen.
—John Newton

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