The Lord had had enough of His people’s constant whining and complaining, so He sent a bevy of snakes as both a punishment and a reminder of who’s in charge. They repented. There’s nothing like repentance to stir the soul of faith. The Lord listens to the beat of our hearts and listens to our cries of contrition and confession. For the people, He had Moses erect a large snake on a pole – it looked an awfully lot like a cross – and anyone who would look at it would live. The message is as sure as it’s always been: Take notice of God and our commitment and relationship to the Lord, and then look, and live, in the promise of and power of God’s presence in our world and lives. (Numbers 21:4-9)
About the Author
Steve Albers is a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and Associate Pastor of Historic Trinity Lutheran Church – an open and caring, radically Christ-centered, deeply sacramental and sometimes eclectic ministry in the heart of the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis.