And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it upon a pole; and it shall come to pass, that everyone that is bitten when he looks upon it shall live”(Num. 21:8).
Those of us that become addicted to opiate type drugs such as heroin, morphine, or dilaudid, to name a few, were also in most instances as addicted to the use of hypodermic needles; One could say we had been bitten by the silver serpent. However once we beheld the brazen serpent in our wanderings through the wilderness of drug addiction we were then in a sense inoculated. When we are “born again”, (Jn. 3:7), as we must be, we are delivered from addiction and all of its’ deadly trappings. We are in fact delivered from the “power of satan and sin”(Acts 26:18). When we were practicing our addiction we were bound by demonic forces! Every time we went to the table to partake of the unholy sacrament that was our drug of choice; be it an opiate, cocaine, alcohol, or any intoxicating substance or behaviors such as the viewing of pornographic material, or sexual promiscuity of any kind, we were victimized by satan’s wiles.
The apostle Paul when he was bitten by “the viper out of the heat” (Acts 28:3), and the word of God says, in VS. 5 “he shook off the beast and felt no harm.”
The brazen serpent in the wilderness is a type of the cross of Jesus Christ and when we come to that place of co-crucifixion (Gal.2:20 6:14; Rom. 6:6-11); we have great power over the devil, the flesh, and the old sin nature.
Once we receive the free gift of eternal salvation “by grace through faith” (Eph. 2:8), we are “delivered out of the mouth of the lion and the Lord delivers us from every evil work and preserves us unto his heavenly kingdom.”
In our minds eye we must go to that place of death, the cross, the brazen serpent, on a daily basis;
behold the lamb of God which takes away the sins of the world” (Jn l:29).
If we fail we must, “confess our sin and he will be faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanses us from all unrighteousness.” (I Jn 1:9).
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