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15 March 2015

Sermon: Lent 4B (OT)

15 March AD 2015
The Fourth Sunday in Lent

Title: Look and Live (MP3 Audio)

Pellegrini: The Brazen Serpent Summary: Because the Israelites took their eyes off of Him, they couldn’t see the gifts that the Lord was giving them. Like spoiled children whining, “There’s nothing to wear; there’s nothing to eat,” as they stand before full closets and overflowing refrigerators, so Israel/ complained bitterly. In response, God judged their faithless insolence swiftly and severely.

If not for Moses raising the bronze serpent in their camp, the nation could have utterly perished in the wilderness.

If not for Jesus Christ being lifted up, we certainly would die eternally for our sinful self-centeredness. We look to Him to receive new life through His death on the cross just as His forefathers looked to the serpent for life after being bitten.

Cranach the Younger: Weimar Altarpiece Text: From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this worthless food.”

Then the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.

And the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you. Pray to the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us.”

So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent and set it on a pole, and everyone who is bitten, when he sees it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on a pole. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live. Numbers 21:4-9

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Look and Live.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 107:1-9; Ephesians 2:1-10; John 3:14-21

Illustrations: Illustrations public domain from Web Gallery of Art.

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