God's Plan to Heal the Snake Bitten Israelites

Scripture Passage: 
Numbers 21:4-9

INTRODUCTION:  The Israelites are a case history in the character of rebellion.

  1. THE SIN OF THE PEOPLE  (Numbers 21:4-5)
    1. They Were Much Discouraged  (Numbers 21:4)
      1. In the way  (NOTE: Discourage – to deprive of courage, hope, or confidence)
        1. Miriam had died  (Numbers 20:1)
        2. The people had rebelled  (Numbers 20:2-3)
        3. Moses and Aaron had sinned  (Numbers 20:11-12)
        4. Edom had refused passage  (Numbers 20:14,17-18)
        5. Aaron had died  (Numbers 20:24,19)
        6. The people had fought Arad  (Numbers 21:1-3)
      2. Purpose of the way
        1. To prove the Israelites  (Deuteronomy 8:2-3)
        2. To prove God  (Psalms 37:5,23,34)
      3. Your way – God’s way
        1. Commit Your way to God (Numbers 21:5)
        2. Delight in God’s way (Numbers 21:23)
        3. Keep God’s way (Numbers 21:34)
    2. They Spake Against God  (Numbers 21:5a)
      1. Against God’s man  (Exodus 16:2,8)
      2. Against God Himself  (Psalms 78:19,41,56)
      3. Ten times plus  (Numbers 14:21-23)
    3. They Spake Against Moses  (Numbers 21:5a)
      1. Miriam and Aaron  (Numbers 12:1, 6-9)
      2. Korah and his followers  (Numbers 16:1-3, 31-35)
      3. The whole congregation  (Numbers 16:41,46)
      4. God’s men protected  (2 Samuel 1:14-16; Psalm 105:15; 1 Timothy 5:19)
    4. They Complained About God’s Provisions  (Numbers 21:5b) (Exodus 16:14-15, 31)
      1. Water  (Exodus 15:23-24; Exodus 17:1-3; Numbers 20:1-4)
      2. Meat  (Exodus 16:1-3; Numbers 11:4-6)
      3. God’s true provision  (Deuteronomy 29:2-5; Joshua 5:11-12)
      4. Godly contentment  (1 Timothy 6:6-8; Hebrews 13:5)
  2. THE JUDGMENT OF GOD  (Numbers 21:6)
    1. The Lord Sent Fiery Serpents Among the People  (Jeremiah 8:17; Amos 9:1-3)
    2. The Serpents Bit the People
    3. Much People of Israel Died – God’s Judgment
      1. For the unsaved  (John 3:18,36; 1 Thessalonians 5:9)
      2. For the saved  (Hebrews 12:3-11)
  3. THE REPENTANCE OF THE PEOPLE  (Numbers 21:7)
    1. “WE HAVE SINNED” - They Made a Complete Confession
      1. Confession – admitting sin  (1 John 1:9)
      2. Acknowledgement – naming sin  (Psalms 32:5; Psalm 51:3)
      3. Repentance – leaving sin  (Matthew 3;7,8; 2 Corinthians 7:9-11)
      4. Cleansing – sin forgiven  (1 John 1:7)
    2. They Requested Moses to Pray For Them (1 Samuel 12:18-22)
    3. Moses Prayed For the People (Intercession: making request in behalf of another)
      1. Moses  (Exodus 32:30-32)
      2. Paul  (Romans 9:1-3; Romans 10:1)
      3. New Testament Christians  (1 Timothy 2:1)
  4. GOD’S PLAN TO HEAL THE PEOPLE  (Numbers 21:8-9; John 3:14-18)  NOTE: The Remedy  (John 3:1-18; Acts 4:12; Ephesians 2:8)
    1. A Divine Remedy   (“For God”)  “The Lord said”
      1. Human redemption absolutely impossible  (Psalms 49:7-9,15)
      2. Divine redemption absolutely necessary  (1 Peter 1:18-21)
    2. A Simple Remedy  (“his only begotten Son”)  “a fiery serpent, upon a pole”
      1. God’s provision – In Christ  (John 12:32)
      2. Man’s acceptance – By faith  (Romans 10:8-14, 17)
    3. An Instantaneous Remedy  (“have”)  “when he looketh”  “Look and Live”
      1. At the time of belief  (Acts 16:30-32)
      2. Sealed with the Spirit  (Ephesians 1:13,14)
    4. An Effectual Remedy  (“everlasting life”)  “he….shall live”
      1. Everlasting life  (John 5:24)
      2. Abundant life  (John 10:10)
    5. An Individual Remedy  (“whosoever”)  “everyone that is bitten’
      1. Universal provision (1 Timothy 2:3-6)
      2. Individual acceptance (1 Timothy 4:10; Romans 10:13)
    6. The Only Remedy  (“in Him”)  “when he beheld the serpent of brass”
      1. In Christ only (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)
      2. Without works (Galatians 2:16; Ephesians 2:8,9)
    7. A Free Remedy  (“he gave”)  “when he beheld”
      1. The gift of God (Romans 6:23)
      2. Paid for by Christ (2 Corinthians 8:9)
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 28:13

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.