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The Brazen Serpent is a symbol used today to denote healing. It is found on many logos for doctors and health organizations.

---excerpt from the Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Brazen Serpent - After setting out from their encampment at Ezion-geber, the Israelites entered on a wide sandy desert, which stretches from the mountains of Edom as far as the Persian Gulf. While traversing this region, the people began to murmur and utter loud complaints against Moses. As a punishment, the Lord sent serpents among them, and much people of Israel died. Moses interceded on their behalf, and by divine direction he made a "brazen serpent," and raised it on a pole in the midst of the camp, and all the wounded Israelites who looked on it were at once healed. (Compare John 3:14 - 3:15.) (See ASP.) This "brazen serpent" was preserved by the Israelites till the days of Hezekiah, when it was destroyed because the people worshipped it as an idol (2 Kings 18:4). (See BRASS.)

Numbers 21:8-9

21:8. The Lord said to him: Make a brazen serpent, and set it up for a sign: whoever being struck shall look on it, shall live.
21:9. Moses therefore made a brazen serpent, and set it up for a sign: which when they that were bitten looked upon, they were healed.

A brazen serpent. . .This was a figure of Christ crucified on the Cross, and of the efficacy of a lively faith in Him, against the bites of the hellish serpent. John 3:14.


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