Posted on April 16, 2020 in April, Daily Devotionals

Knowing JESUS Daily Devotional | April 16, 2020 – LOOK AWAY TO JESUS AND LIVE – Numbers 21:4-9 |

LOOK AWAY TO JESUS AND LIVE | And it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon the brasen serpent shall live – Numbers 21:4-9

And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. – Numbers 21:4-9

 

 

Beloved,. Bible believing believers are grateful to God for the potency of redemption through our Lord Jesus Christ, especially at a time like this.

The precious blood of our Lord Jesus Christ has been a shield for us protecting us from infection of the devastating deadly Corona Viirus.

However, necessity is laid on us to do a little kindness and rescue the sinning world around us from the devastating effect of this global plague.

Going by reliable statistics, as at yesterday, the global impact of this deadly disease is fearsome. See this

As at yesterday in the United States of America, the number of dead people because of this plague was 28300, with over 600,000 reported infected people.

The infected people globally is 2,072,269 with 133,,802 deaths .

From the revelation of scriptures, we can do something that would bring timely intervention.

This global plague has nothing to do with the devil, but judgement from God on the sinners because of the hardness of their hearts.

LOOK AWAY TO JESUS AND LIVE | And it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon the brasen serpent shall live – Numbers 21:4-9

See what the Bible says.

Exodus 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

God will infect sinners with divers diseases on account of their perpetual sinning with impunity.

He said over and over that He will plague sinners with pestilence because of their sins. See them.

Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

Deu 28:21 — Deu 28:22 The Lord shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it. The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.

Lev 26:14 — Lev 26:16 But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments; And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant: I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.

Leviticus 26:21 And if ye walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me; I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.

Lev 26:23 — Lev 26:25 And if ye will not be reformed by me by these things, but will walk contrary unto me; Then will I also walk contrary unto you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my covenant: and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.

LOOK AWAY TO JESUS AND LIVE | And it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon the brasen serpent shall live – Numbers 21:4-9

 

Beloved, as you reflect on the following passages of Judgement of God on sinners in Bible days, we can safely conclude that this plague of Corona Viirus is Judgement from God. See the following scriptures.

1. God sent fiery serpents to kill the people because of sin.

Num 21:4 — Num 21:6 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

2. God sent life-threatening storm against Jonah on account of disobedience.

Jon 1:1 — Jon 1:4 Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me. But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. But the Lord sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

3. God slew the people with lions because of idolatry.

2 Kings 17:25 And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the Lord: therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which slew some of them.

LOOK AWAY TO JESUS AND LIVE | And it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon the brasen serpent shall live – Numbers 21:4-9

 

4. These people were afflicted with life-threatening diseases , because of iniquities.

Psa 107:17 — Psa 107:18 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted. Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat;and they draw near unto the gates of death.

5. King David was afflicted because of sin of murderer and immorality.

Psa 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray:but now have I kept thy word.

6. This man suffered infirmity for thirty eight years because of sin.

John 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.

John 5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

LOOK AWAY TO JESUS AND LIVE | And it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon the brasen serpent shall live – Numbers 21:4-9

 

The scriptures says these things are written for our learning.

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Beloved, see what the Bible says we should do for sinners around us.

Jam 5:19 — Jam 5:20 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Jud 1:22 — Jud 1:23 And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.

LOOK AWAY TO JESUS AND LIVE | And it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon the brasen serpent shall live – Numbers 21:4-9

 

How can we do this? Let us do what Nehemiah and Daniel did.

Praying for forgiveness, while we identify with their sins.

Nehemiah

Neh 1:1 — Neh 1:11 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.
And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments: Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned. We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the judgments, which thou commandedst thy servant Moses. Remember, I beseech thee, the word that thou commandedst thy servant Moses, saying, If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the nations: But if ye turn unto me, and keep my commandments, and do them; though there were of you cast out unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence, and will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there. Now these are thy servants and thy people, whom thou hast redeemed by thy great power, and by thy strong hand. O Lord, I beseech thee, let now thine ear be attentive to the prayer of thy servant, and to the prayer of thy servants, who desire to fear thy name: and prosper, I pray thee, thy servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man. For I was the king’s cupbearer.

LOOK AWAY TO JESUS AND LIVE | And it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon the brasen serpent shall live – Numbers 21:4-9

 

Daniel

Dan 9:2 — Dan 9:11 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem. And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes: And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments; We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments: Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near, and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee. O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him; Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.

LOOK AWAY TO JESUS AND LIVE | And it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon the brasen serpent shall live – Numbers 21:4-9

 

Beloved, look around you and see how people lived in sins as if there is no God that will judge sin.

I am persuaded you are not doing same. If you are please repent immediately.

Psalms 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.

Ecc 8:11 — Ecc 8:13 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.

Beloved, let us pray for forgiveness of sins of the whole world. God will forgive and stop this global devastating plague of Corona Viirus in Jesus name.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

God bless you abundantly as you do so in Jesus name.

 

LOOK AWAY TO JESUS AND LIVE | And it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon the brasen serpent shall live – Numbers 21:4-9

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