“Then the people came to Moses and said, ‘We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you. Pray the LORD to take the serpents away from us.’ So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses, ‘Make a saraph [serpent] and mount it on a pole, and whoever looks at it after being bitten will live.'”
Regarding this Scripture passage, the Lent 2014 issue of The Word Among Us says: “When Moses lifted up the bronze serpent, the people who gazed on it saw two things. First, they got a graphic look at their own sins. Grumbling, blaming, complaining are as deadly as serpents. They slither their way between people and interfere with God’s ability to take care of them. Second, they got a look at God’s mercy; whoever looked at the bronze serpent was instantaneously healed.”
This made me realize that in order to be healed of our various sins, faults and weaknesses (whatever they may be), we need to be willing to look directly at them, to REALLY see them. Our tendency is to look the other way, to pretend we don’t see anything wrong with us, or to see only what we want to see. Sometimes, we think we see our faults, when in reality we’re only seeing part of the true problem. For example, we may see our angry words in response to someone who criticizes us – but we fail to see that beneath the anger lies our pride, our belief that we are above criticism of any kind. The anger will remain unhealed as long as the pride is unhealed. The only way to be healed is to look directly and honestly at the true fault, acknowledge it, and turn it over to God who has the power to remove it.
Let us ask the Lord to give us the courage to look directly at our weaknesses and accept His healing in our lives.