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The Brass Serpent

What did it represent?

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#1 Jason

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 03:13 AM

Num 21:9 - 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.


John 3:14-15 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life


I've seen it suggested in other Bible forums that the brass serpent in the wilderness was a representation of sin, not a representation of salvation, primarily because a serpent is always symbolic of sin. The serpent didn't 'save' any of the Israelites per se, it was the understanding and acceptance of the sins they had committed that saved/healed them - not merely looking on the serpent (a physical manifestation of their sin).

Sorry if that was a bit of a disjointed thought...


In summary, did the serpent represent Christ (salvation) or sin?

Any insight into this?

#2 Kay

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:01 AM

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brother Cyril Tennant gave an explanation as such, which rather puts it in a "nut shell":

"Jesus used a very helpful type of himself: he said, “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up” (John 3:14). The serpent—a type of sin from the beginning and particularly representative of Israel’s sin in the wilderness—was lifted upon a pole to display their wickedness. But the brass serpent itself had not bitten anybody; no guilt could attach to it in any way, other than through its representation of what had caused the problem. Those who looked upon it in recognition of their sin and in belief of God’s promise of healing were saved. This, said Jesus, represented his being lifted upon the cross."
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#3 Jason

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 04:05 AM

Thanks!




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