A Christ-exalting sermon Pastor Pickett,
What a blessing your ministry continues to be to my soul. Thank you for preaching from this curious passage and expounding the spiritual meaning of it. How wonderfully the Gospel truth that the Son of man must be lifted up for the recovery of sinners is set forth here . . the brazen serpent presented as the shadow of which Christ is the substance.
Those who regard the O.T. as irrelevant today do so out of ignorance. â€œFor whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, . . . â€œ (Rom. 15:4)
There are countless references in the N.T. to people, places and events recorded in the O.T. which would otherwise remain obscure and dark were it not for the light God gives us in His Word there.
As I thought upon the deadly sting of the fiery serpents and considered the Son of man who tasted death for me, I gained a fresh appreciation for these verses.
(1 Cor. 15:55-57)
â€œO death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? (verse 55)
Once again you have elevated my thoughts and warmed my affections to the One who was lifted up for my sins (Col. 3:2) and the One whom God hath highly exalted! (Phil. 2:6-11)