Day 25 ~ We start John today!! Chs. 1-3
Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” (3:14)
I thought I would give you some interesting background I discovered regarding the snake on the stick.
The story of Moses lifting the snake can be found in Numbers 21:9. If the Israelites, who were being bitten by venomous snakes, looked at the bronze snake, they would live and not die from the bites.
Pretty cool foreshadowing on God’s part, don’t you think?! Even in the time of Moses, He is looking ahead to his Son, Jesus, fulfilling his plan.
What you might not know is that the Israelites kept the bronze snake along with other holy items like the Ark of the Covenant filled with some manna in a gold jar and Aaron’s staff (Romans 9:4), etc..
They kept that bronze snake for almost 700 years!!!!!
But, as you can imagine, the generations that followed after the generation that got healed by God, started thinking the healing came from the snake. So they started worshipping the snake😟.
King Hezekiah (715-686 BC) figured this out and had the snake smashed to pieces because he followed the Lord and wanted his people to do so as well. (2 Kings 18:4). Can you imagine how mad some people would have been at the king because he destroyed such an ancient relic?
Well, here is something else I discovered in my research on the snake. Being that I am a nurse, I used to wear a necklace charm that depicted my career in medicine.
I wondered how the medical profession got that symbol so I Goggled it.
In Greek mythology, the Rod of Asclepius (a serpent-entwined rod) is associated with healing and medicine. (Not hard to figure where that idea came from!) I wondered when Greek mythology was first written. Although they say that it has been around since 2000 BC, nothing was written until the 700’s BC. Isn’t that interesting? Written mythology was written after Hezekiah destroyed the bronze snake.
Can you see how mythology is just a re-invention of God’s supreme story? Satan is such a copycat! Yet, he twists his stories to turn you away from God.
Back to the medical symbol. You are probably thinking…yeah, but that has two snakes and wings….
Well, two snakes means commerce and trade,…nothing to do with medicine. So people got confused when they picked the symbol for medicine. 😝 Wouldn’t that be just like Satan to confuse people. “I don’t want them to see the connection to Christ so I will skew it just a little bit.”
The American Medical Association did get their image right, yet they still explain it away from Christ.
“The snake symbolizes rejuvenation, because the snake sheds it’s skin, or, snake bites have healing properties. The rod has to do with a doctor-god who carried a rod with him.” 🙄
Sounds like they are reaching……