The American Medical Association has adopted an icon of two serpents entwined around a pole as a symbol of healing based on this story in Numbers. Jesus, too, saw the symbolic significance of the story in contemplating His own death.
- Why would the people have seen the snakes as God’s punishment? (Numbers 21:4-7)
- To what does the Psalmist attribute the healing that the people experienced? How can you explain it?
- What difference did receiving Christ make in the lives of the Ephesians?
- According to John (3:14-21), what does God offer to those who believe in His Son?
- How might the Israelites have responded to their weariness and discouragement?
- Of what value to you are these stories of inexplicable healing?
Food for thought:
In the Bible the snake represents evil. The Israelites, weary of their journey with God, lost confidence in His benevolent purposes and became vulnerable to “snake bites”.