Best friends forever ∙

Best friends forever ∙

I no longer call you slaves because a master does not confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. – John 15:15

1 Peter 1:8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.

Friends was an American sitcom television series that aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. During its ten seasons, it depicted the lives of six twentysomething friends: three men and three women, living in the heart of New York City.

Over the course of ten years, this somewhat typical bunch of buds worked through family trouble, past and future romances, difficulties, humor, sadness, and situations that demonstrated what it means to be a true friend. It addressed everyday human experiences: falling in love, breaking up, jobhunting, dealing with parents, marriage, and becoming parents. It was a classic sitcom and became one of the most popular TV shows of all time.

It had a tremendous impact on US and international culture. It is a conflictless “hangout sitcom” that revolves around the idea of the importance of good friends. According to a pop-culture expert at the University at Buffalo, Friends is “one of those rare shows that marked a change in American culture.” It presents a lifestyle that revolves around friends creating and sustaining relationships and seeking help from each other. 

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you” (Elbert Hubbard)

“The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing… not healing, not curing… that is a friend who cares” (Henri Nouwen).

“There is nothing better than a friend unless it is a friend with chocolate” (Anonymous).

Good friends are hard to find. Even more so in a fragmented, hectic, independent, somewhat isolated social media culture. Being “friended” or “unfriended” on social media is not the same thing as true friendship.

REFLECT & PRAY

“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity” (Ulysses S. Grant).

Father I can hardly believe that You and Your Son are my Best Friends Forever!

INSIGHT

Each child of the King has been “friended” by the Lord Jesus Christ. And that friendship will last throughout all eternity.

John 15:15 I no longer call you slaves because a master does not confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me.

The Lord Jesus Christ has declared that His disciples are not mindless robots or coerced slaves. Instead, they are His unique and special friends. If we are His friends, then He is our friend! What an extraordinary idea. Friendship with the eternal Son of God.

You are my friends implies a stunning level of comfortable personal interaction with one who is also the eternal, omnipotent Creator of the universe. In the OT, only Abraham (Isaiah 41:8) and, by implication Moses (Exodus 33:11) are called “friends of God.”

Here Jesus extends this privilege to all obedient believers (ESV).

It is hard to take this in and believe that it is even remotely possible to be close to a holy and righteous God and be best friends with Him. But such we are. And what a unique and marvelous friendship it is.

As a friend, the Lord Jesus Christ prioritized His time to be with His friends. He lived closely with His disciples for three years and proved to be not only their Lord and Savior but also the best friend they had ever had. In a fashion similar to the Friends TV series, they went through family trouble, all manner of difficulties, successes and failures, times of joy and pleasure, and extreme sadness and loss.

The Lord Jesus Christ demonstrates and embodies what it means to be a true BFF (best friend forever).

Speaking to “doubting” Thomas, the Lord Jesus Christ said, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed” (John 20:29).

1 Peter 1:8 You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.

“Unlike the disciples, we have never physically walked with Jesus, but this does not exclude us from His friendship” (Stanley).

The eternal and unalterable reality is that each child of the King who has trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord becomes His friend.

Apart from these remarkable words of the Lord Jesus Christ, how can we be even more confident in His friendship?

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.

The reality of our best friend forever status with the Lord Jesus Christ is confirmed for all time because He laid down His life for us.

The Lord Jesus Christ shows us how to be friends, true friends. It is all about caring, giving, self-sacrifice, and following His example. The Lord Jesus Christ tells us to love one another as He has loved us. We should concern ourselves with what is best for others and be willing to put them first. The standard that He set for us is incredibly high and humanly impossible to achieve in our strength alone. For some of us, it may even sound ridiculous.

Philippians 2:5-8 

 5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.

 6 Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.

 7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form,

 8 he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

How can we possibly do this?

The Father is at work. He is at work all the time. And He invites us to participate in what He is doing. When we do so, He enables us to do what He desires for us to do.

Philippians 2:13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

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© Dr. H 2022

God comforts the depressed

God comforts the depressed

God, who comforts the depressed – 2 Corinthians 7:6

2 Corinthians 1:2-6

 2 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.

 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.

 5 For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ.

 6 Even when we are weighed down with troubles,

He suffered and battled severe depression all his life. At one point late in life, he sank deep into despair and had to fight “the awful temptation to end his own life. Could this man possibly be useful in service to the Lord? Does severe depression or even personality disorders disqualify someone? The answer is a resounding no!

James Hudson Taylor arrived in China in 1854. Rather than serve in coastal cities, where most of the other Protestant missionaries served, he went into the vast inland provinces of China. The China Inland Mission was established on June 25, 1865. Thousands of Chinese accepted the Lord Jesus Christ.

Taylor incorporated many fresh new ideas, many of which were harshly criticized. Missionaries were required to live and dress like those they were reaching out to. They immersed themselves in the culture.

He correctly understood that single women were fully capable of operating distant mission outposts without male support. His policy was an overwhelming success. By 1882, CIM included 95 single women and 56 wives. His vision changed modern-day missions. Women distinguished themselves in virtually every aspect of service. By 1898, strict gender roles were almost swept aside in many evangelical missions. Women barred from ordained ministry in their homelands were given an open door to serve abroad. Hundreds eagerly volunteered, and the rest is history.

When people experience difficult circumstances, loss, and have their way blocked, they often become downcast and depressed. Does this prevent the children of the King from being used in the Father’s service? The Scriptures answer with a resounding No! It is quite common for children of the King to be in challenging circumstances as they serve the Father. So it was with Paul.

2 Corinthians 7:5-6

 5 When we arrived in Macedonia, there was no rest for us. We faced conflict from every direction, with battles on the outside and fear on the inside.

 6 But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us.

But something marvelous happened to Paul amid his difficulties. He was encouraged by the Father Himself. The Father is the comforter who comes alongside to help, console, and encourage.

2 Corinthians 1:3 God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort.

REFLECT & PRAY

Often when we struggle, the Father is at work to bring about perspective transformation in our lives.

Father help me to recognize that You use the struggles and discouragement I often experience to bring about perspective transformation within me. You are at work to renew my mind and change my behavior.

INSIGHT

The Greek word translated as downcast, distressed, downhearted, or depressed is tapeinos. Tapeinos connotes low-lying or lowly. As an emotional state, it means to be downhearted, lowly in spirit, or depressed. As a substantive, it refers to downhearted people filled with melancholy and despair. It is part of the fallen human state to become depressed or discouraged. Many children of the King suffered from melancholy or depression.

But the great promise of Scripture is that the Father is there to comfort the depressed.

2 Corinthians 7:6 But God, who encourages those who are discouraged, encouraged us . . ..

The Greek term translated as encouraged or comforted is parakaleo. Parakaleo connotes a broad semantic range of ideas to urge, implore, exhort, call to or for, to encourage. It comes from two Greek words paraalongside or to the side of, and kaleo – to call, aid, help, comfort, or encourage. It connotes alleviating sorrow or distress, giving emotional strength, cheering up, encouraging, comforting, or consoling. It refers to the effort to mitigate sorrow or distress or provide emotional strength.

That which, on the surface, sounds objective and distant is, in fact, quite personal and near. Who is the one who has been discouraged and become distraught and depressed? “Paul refers to himself in his worry over the Corinthians which drove him into depression” (William R. Baker). Depression is part of his autobiography. Even the upbeat, never say die, Paul, who pressed onto the upward call of the Lord Jesus Christ, became downcast because of the difficulties he suffered. Sorrow and repentance, grief and joy are often intertwined.

Out of this challenging situation, Paul sets forth a life-changing principle. “Paul contrasts godly grief with worldly grief. The first produces a repentance that leads to salvation and brings no regret, the second produces death. The difference between godly grief and worldly grief is that the first issues in repentance while the second ends with remorse” (Kruse).

“The Corinthians proved their repentance by doing everything they could to mend the wretched situation that their thoughtless conduct had produced. Now they hated the sin they had committed and even hated themselves for committing it, and they worked hard to atone for it” (Barclay).

On the other hand, worldly sorrow, in one sense, is not sorrow at all. It is not sorrow for the sin itself nor for the hurt it may have caused others. Instead, it is only resentment for getting caught. Those who experience worldly sorrow, if given an opportunity, would most likely do the same thing again. If they thought they could escape the consequences, they would do it (Barclay).

Godly sorrow is a feeling of sorrow that recognizes the wrongness of the thing done. It does not merely regret the consequences. It hates the thing itself. “We must be very careful that our sorrow for sin is not merely sorrow that we have been found out, but sorrow which, seeing the evil of the sinful thing, is determined never to do it again and has dedicated the rest of its life to atone, by God’s grace, for what it has done” (Barclay).

Ephesians 4:21-24

 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him,

 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception.

 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.

 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.

The Father uses confrontation that produces grief and sorrow to bring about life transformation. The Father takes no pleasure in causing grief in children of the King. He does take great pleasure in the fact that grief and sorrow produce repentance. Paul’s heart reveals the Father’s heart. Paul rejoiced because they were grieved into repenting. They changed their minds and took action to rectify the situation.

Children of the King are often caught in their own history and relive it. Becoming aware of this reality and experiencing perspective transformation renews the mind and frees us to behave differently.

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© Dr. H 2022

Be a better listener

Be a better listener

Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God. – John 8:47

John 8:42-46

 42 Jesus told them, “If God were your Father, you would love me because I have come to you from God. I am not here on my own, but he sent me.

 43 Why can’t you understand what I am saying? It’s because you can’t even hear me!

 44 For you are the children of your father, the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.

 45 So when I tell the truth, you just naturally don’t believe me!

 46 Which of you can truthfully accuse me of sin? And since I am telling you the truth, why don’t you believe me?

Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic wrote, “High-quality listening is an underrated ability. How well and frequently you listen to others is a better predictor of your leadership potential than your actual intelligence or personality” (How to Become a Better Listener, Chamorro-Premuzic, fastcompany.com). It turns out that good listeners perform better work and have more meaningful and fulfilling relationships. These individuals are easy to trust and appear curious, empathetic, and emotionally intelligent.

Why is good listening so rare? Chamorro-Premuzic asserts, “We live in a world in which people are often rewarded for self-promoting, being the center of attention, and talking as much as they can, even when they have nothing to say.”

Is it possible to become a better listener? Chamorro-Premuzic provides a simple formula:

  1. Shut up
  2. Listen
  3. Repeat

Chamorro-Premuzic provides four keys to high-quality listening:

Focus: provide undivided attention.

Empathy: see things from another person’s perspective. We put ourselves in someone else’s place by stepping outside our ego cocoon. However, rational kindness and compassion must accompany empathy.

Self-control: control emotions and exercise mindfulness to prevent impulsive interruptions. Stated simply: don’t interrupt.

Inclusion: incorporating the statements and perspectives of others when it is your turn to speak.

Being a good listener is a skill that can be learned and practiced (Chamorro-Premuzic, fastcompany.com).

If developing better listening skills is highly valued in human relationships, how much more so in our personal relationship with the Father?

Luke 14:35 Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!

REFLECT & PRAY

“Our culture tends to consider people ‘spiritual’ merely if they have an interest in spiritual things. That is not the biblical perspective. Only those who hear God’s voice and obey it are spiritual” (Stanley).

Father help me to be a better listener of people, but more importantly of You and Your Word. But hearing is not enough. Strengthen and encourage me to be a doer, not an auditor.

INSIGHT

1 Kings 19:12 A still small voice.

How important is it to develop the skill of hearing the Father’s voice and learning to recognize it? Many conflicting “voices” and spirits are vying for our attention. It takes time and experience to know and recognize the Father’s voice. I’m sure I am not alone when I can recall my mother’s voice. It’s been over four decades since the last time I heard it, but I would know her instantly. How about you and your mom?

The same is true with my dad, sister, and other very significant family members and people in my life over the decades. But for children of the King, merely hearing the Father and reading and understanding the word of God is only the first step. We are not to be simply hearers but also doers.

“James’s readers must never allow themselves to become mere auditors of the Word; instead they must obey it. Here, of course, James trades on the fact that the word hear, in both Hebrew and Greek, can mean either mere sensory audition or it can also mean ‘to hear responsively,’ i.e., ‘to obey’” (Zane Hodges).

James 1:19 Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.

“To be swift to hear, at its deepest level of meaning, also means ‘to be swift to obey.’ If the readers ever thought that mere attention to the Scriptures was enough, they were mistaken. With such a view, they would be deceiving themselves” (Zane Hodges).

“It is not enough to hear the Word; we must do it. Many people have the mistaken idea that hearing a good sermon or Bible study is what makes them grow and get God’s blessing. It is not the hearing but the doing that brings the blessing. Too many Christians mark their Bibles, but their Bibles never mark them! If you think you are spiritual because you hear the Word, then you are only kidding yourself” (Wiersbe).

James 1:22-25

 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.

 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror,

 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.

 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

“The person who lives out God’s principles is consistent in his convictions. We damage our spiritual life seriously when we expose ourselves to the Bible but do nothing with what we read. It is very easy to miscalculate our spiritual condition. We can rationalize that we walk with the Lord when we don’t” (Richison).

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© Dr. H 2022

Getting ready ∙

Getting ready

Don’t you realize that in a race, everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! – 1 Corinthians 9:24

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.

 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.

 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.

 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

On Mar 24, 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC ) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe jointly announced the postponement of the 2020 Olympics to 2021.

Olympic competition has been canceled only three times in the 124-year history of the modern Games, and all three instances were because of global conflict (1916, World War I; 1940 and 1944, World War II). But never before has a Games been pushed back a year, an enormous undertaking for a global event with more than 11,000 athletes from around the globe.

The life of an Olympic athlete can be challenging and austere, and the training schedule can be relentless. Most athletes wanted a postponement, though even that has its challenges.

For days, athletes had been voicing concerns about the 2020 Tokyo Games, worrying that they were jeopardizing their health and the health of others if they continued training while many of their countries were locked down and restricting activity.

Getting ready to win takes determination, focus, and visualization. In an athletic race, 99% of the time, only one individual can win. Now and then, there is the rare tie only visible via a “photo finish.” 

Philippians 3:13-14

 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,

 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

But in the spiritual race, we can all win the prize. The Father may take us through tough, grueling times, but He does all this to do us “good in the end.”

REFLECT & PRAY

We may not see that good right away, but if we trust Him, He will bless us in His time (Stanley).

Father thank You that You care enough to give me a challenging course to run that I might win in Your service.

INSIGHT

The training course and regimen to win spiritually are entirely different than what we would expect. The Father has a unique program that he takes each of His children through to prepare them to be winners. It is bizarre, almost inexplicable, that to win, we must lose!

Rather than using athletic competition and training, the Father uses “the wilderness” to get us ready. He humbles us and often brings us to an end of ourselves. When we can no longer make it on our own, help ourselves, we learn to depend upon Him. That is when we become winners in His sight.

Deuteronomy 8:2-14

 2 Remember how the LORD your God led you through the wilderness for these forty years, humbling you and testing you to prove your character and find out whether or not you would obey his commands.

 3 Yes, he humbled you by letting you go hungry and then feeding you with manna, a food previously unknown to you and your ancestors. He did it to teach you that people do not live by bread alone; rather, we live by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

 5 Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the LORD your God disciplines you for your own good.

 11 “But that is the time to be careful! Beware that in your plenty you do not forget the LORD your God and disobey his commands, regulations, and decrees that I am giving you today.

 12 For when you have become full and prosperous and have built fine homes to live in,

 13 and when your flocks and herds have become very large and your silver and gold have multiplied along with everything else, be careful!

 14 Do not become proud at that time and forget the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in the land of Egypt.

The wilderness is the place where the Father gets us ready to serve and ultimately win.

These words are spoken in the background by Cecil B. DeMille regarding Moses in the movie the Ten Commandments. He is struggling, famished, and thirsty, yet he continues to move forward in the harsh, dry, and parched desert. Finally, Moses arrives in the physical location and spiritual place where the Father wants him to be:

Into the blistering wilderness of Shur, the man who walked with kings . . . now walks alone.

Torn from the pinnacle of royal power; stripped of all rank and earthly wealth; a forsaken man without a country, without a hope; his soul in turmoil like the hot winds and raging sands that lash him with the fury of a taskmaster’s whip. He is driven forward, always forward, by a god unknown, toward a land unseen . . . Into the molten wilderness of sin where granite sentinels stand as towers of living death to bar his way.

Each night brings the black embrace of loneliness. In the mocking whisper of the wind, he hears the echoing voices of the dark. His tortured mind wondering if they call the memory of past triumphs or wail foreboding of disasters yet to come or whether the desert’s hot breath has melted his reason into madness.

He cannot cool the burning kiss of thirst upon his lips nor shade the scorching fury of the sun. All about is desolation. He can neither bless nor curse the power that moves him, for he does not know where it comes.

Learning that it can be more terrible to live than to die, he is driven onward through the burning crucible of the desert, where holy men and prophets are cleansed and purged for God’s great purpose, until at last, at the end of human strength, beaten into the dust from which he came. The metal is ready for the Maker’s hand.

Such harsh and brutal “training” in preparation is never easy but grueling, severe, and painful. It is the discipline required of a world-class Olympian. Many drop out and cease their efforts. However, when we recognize that the Father is purposely taking us through it to achieve His dream and goal for our lives, we find personal reserves and purpose we never dreamed of.

Hebrews 11:24-27 

 24 It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.

 25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.

 26 He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward.

 27 It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.

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© Dr. H 2022

A universal cure for sin ∙

A universal cure for sin

For the wages of sin is death. – Romans 6:23

John 3:14-17

 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,

 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.

 16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

 17 God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.

Cancer is one of the great scourges of the modern world. Approximately 38.4% of men and women will be diagnosed with cancer at some point during their lifetimes (based on 2013–2015 data, https://www.cancer.gov/). Every year, 1 out of 6 people that die, die from cancer (https://ourworldindata.org/what-does-the-world-die-from).

A new breakthrough in cancer research provides hope for a universal cancer treatment. British scientists say they have found a class of immune cells that could one day be used as a “one-size-fits-all” therapy for most cancers. This cutting-edge treatment involves T-cell immunotherapies. Immune cells are harvested from the patient, genetically modified to search, and destroy cancer. They are reproduced in vast quantities in a lab, and then returned to the patient’s bloodstream.

It was somewhat of a serendipitous discovery. While examining human blood for immune cells that could fight bacteria, researchers at Cardiff University came across a T-cell with a new type of receptor. These receptors are proteins which let the immune cells “see” and recognize cancers at the chemical level. Tests revealed that these special T-cells can identify and kill cancers of the lung, skin, blood, colon, breast, bone, prostate, ovaries, kidney, and cervix. (www.sciencealert.com, January 21, 2020).

The problem of human sin poses a challenge similar to cancer. Because of sin, the death rate for people is 100%.

Before the Father created Eve, He created Adam and placed him in the garden of Eden. The Father then issued an ominous warning.

Genesis 2:16-17

 16 But the LORD God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden,

 17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.”

Well you know the rest of the story, the Father created Eve and placed her in the garden with Adam. Both of them ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As a result, universal sin was introduced into the human race. And people have been dying ever since.

Modern science will never find a cure for sin no matter how many dollars are put into research. No man-made solutions will ever be found. However, the Father in His grace and mercy has already provided a universal sin therapy for the human race..

REFLECT & PRAY

The Lord Jesus Christ has provided a “one-size-fits-all” cure for sin.

Father thank You that You loved us enough to send Your Son to die for us that we might be forgiven and have eternal life.

INSIGHT

During their time in the wilderness, the children of Israel were a cantankerous bunch. They were never happy wandering around about for almost 40 years. They often complained and griped. If it were possible to provoke the Lord God Almighty, the Father of all, they managed to do it. The story is told in Numbers 21. It would be a bit humorous if it were not so tragic.

But in essence the Father said, “So you’re not happy being alive wandering around in the wilderness? You are tired of whining, being uncomfortable, eating only manna and having little water? I have the solution: death.”

The Father sent poisonous snakes into the camp. Many people were bitten and began to die. They now had a much bigger problem than just being uncomfortable and eating boring manna. They quickly recognized the error of their ways and repented of their sins. They sought out Moses for help. He prayed to the Father. The Father provided a universal cure for snake venom.

Moses made a replica of one of the serpents out of bronze and placed it on a pole. The bronze serpent was then placed into the middle of the camp. Moses told the people who were bitten how to be healed. All they had to do was look in the direction of the bronze serpent. Indeed, it was surely “one-size-fits-all.”

Numbers 21:4-9

 4 Then the people of Israel grew impatient with the long journey,

 5 and they began to speak against God and Moses. “Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?” they complained. “There is nothing to eat here and nothing to drink. And we hate this horrible manna!”

 6 So the LORD sent poisonous snakes among the people, and many were bitten and died.

 7 Then the people came to Moses and cried out, “We have sinned by speaking against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take away the snakes.” So Moses prayed for the people.

 8 Then the LORD told him, “Make a replica of a poisonous snake and attach it to a pole. All who are bitten will live if they simply look at it!”

 9 So Moses made a snake out of bronze and attached it to a pole. Then anyone who was bitten by a snake could look at the bronze snake and be healed!

The Father provided a universal solution for the venomous snake poison. This was intended to be an object lesson that would not be understood for 1500 years. The Lord Jesus Christ explained it. Just as the Father had provided a universal treatment for snake poison, He was about to provide a universal solution for sin.

John 3:14-16

 14 And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,

 15 so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life.

 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

All people suffer from the poison of spiritual snake bite. It began in the garden when Adam and Eve yielded to the serpent’s lies and temptation. Everyone has been bitten by the curse of sin. To be cured, someone has only to look at the cross and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Their sin will be forgiven. The possibility of eternal death will be removed, and they will be given eternal life.

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© Dr. H 2022

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