March 16, 2023
It’s still winter. Mornings seem too dark, the wind is cold, the temperatures are not as good as I would like. I am so ready for spring! Like the people griping at Moses, it is easy to feel impatient and to complain. The imagery we hear in Numbers 21:1-9 seems potent here in our times. Our lives do include brokenness and sin, evil and darkness. But that is not the end of the story.
While reading this text the thing that caught my attention was that God sent snakes to bite the Israelites, to get their attention. Then they realized that they had sinned against the Lord. God commanded Moses...