The Bronze Serpent

Numbers 21

4 Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to d go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very 1 discouraged on the way. 5 And the people e 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 our soul 2 loathes this worthless bread." 6 So f the LORD sent g fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. 7 h Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, "We have i sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; j pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people. 8 Then the LORD said to Moses, k "Make a l fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live." 9 So m Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

  1. Cross References
    Judges 11:18
    And they went along through the wilderness and bypassed the land of Edom and the land of Moab, came to the east side of the land of Moab, and encamped on the other side of the Arnon. But they did not enter the border of Moab, for the Arnon was the border of Moab.
  2. Cross References
    Numbers 20:4
    Why have you brought up the assembly of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our animals should die here?
    Numbers 20:5
    "And why have you made us come up out of Egypt, to bring us to this evil place? It is not a place of grain or figs or vines or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink."
  3. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 10:9
    Nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents.
  4. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 8:15
    Who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock.
  5. Cross References
    Numbers 11:2
    Then the people cried out to Moses, and when Moses prayed to the LORD, the fire was quenched.
    Psalms 78:34
    When He slew them, then they sought Him; And they returned and sought earnestly for God.
    Isaiah 26:16
    LORD, in trouble they have visited You, They poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.
    Hosea 5:15
    I will return again to My place Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.
  6. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:40
    But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me.
  7. Cross References
    Exodus 8:8
    Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, "Entreat the LORD that He may take away the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the LORD.
    1 Samuel 12:19
    And all the people said to Samuel, "Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, that we may not die; for we have added to all our sins the evil of asking a king for ourselves.
    1 Kings 13:6
    Then the king answered and said to the man of God, "Please entreat the favor of the LORD your God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored to me." So the man of God entreated the LORD, and the king's hand was restored to him, and became as before.
    Acts 8:24
    Then Simon answered and said, "Pray to the Lord for me, that none of the things which you have spoken may come upon me.
  8. Cross References
    John 3:14
    And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.
    John 3:15
    That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
  9. Cross References
    Isaiah 14:29
    Do not rejoice, all you of Philistia, Because the rod that struck you is broken; For out of the serpent's roots will come forth a viper, And its offspring will be a fiery flying serpent.
    Isaiah 30:6
    The burden against the beasts of the South. Through a land of trouble and anguish, From which came the lioness and lion, The viper and fiery flying serpent, They will carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys, And their treasures on the humps of camels, To a people who shall not profit.
  10. Cross References
    2 Kings 18:4
    He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan.
    John 3:14
    And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up.
    John 3:15
    That whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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