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What Did The Bronze Serpent Mean?
by Wayne Blank
The Bronze Serpent
The bronze serpent was made according to God's instructions:
"From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the Land of Edom; and the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food."
What Happened To The Bronze Serpent?
Centuries later, the bronze serpent was destroyed because the Israelites had turned it into an idol, in violation of The Second Commandment:
"In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah, king of Israel, Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, king of Judah [see Kings of Israel and Judah], began to reign. He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah."
Fact Finder: What did Jesus Christ have to say about the symbolism of that bronze serpent? How was the bronze serpent referred-to in regard to one of the most famous verses of the Bible, "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life"?