Numbers 21Hormah i.e. utter destruction. serpent (See Scofield "Genesis 3:14") . The serpent is a symbol of sin judged; brass speaks of the divine judgment, as in the brazen altar See Scofield "Exodus 27:1", note (2) and self-judgment, as in the laver of brass. The brazen serpent is a type of Christ "made sin for us" ; John 3:14,15; 2 Corinthians 5:21 in bearing our judgment. Historically, the moment is indicated in the cry: "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" Matthew 27:46. Then Israel The spiritual order here is beautiful: (1) atonement Numbers 21:8,9; John 3:14,15 (2) water, symbol of the Spirit bestowed Numbers 21:16; John 7:37-39. (3) joy Numbers 21:17,18; Romans 14:17. (4) power Numbers 21:21-24.
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