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The bronze serpent

A way for those bitten by snakes to be saved.
Contributed by CommonToAll.com
Story also available on our translated website: Hindi
When the king of Arad heard that the Israelis were approaching he mobilized his army and attacked them, taking some of the men as prisoners. Then the people of Israel asked the Lord to help them conquer the king of Arad and his people and destroy all the cities of that area. <br/>The Lord heard their request and defeated the Canaanites. The Israelites completely destroyed them and their cities. The name of the region was thereafter called Hormah (meaning ‘Utterly Destroyed’). – Slide 1
They continued southward along the road to the Red Sea in order to go around the land of Edom.  <br/>The people were very discouraged and complained to Moses. ‘Why have you brought us out of Egypt to die here in the wilderness?’ they whined. ‘There is nothing to eat here, and nothing to drink, and we hate this insipid manna.’ – Slide 2
So the Lord sent poisonous snakes among them to punish them, and many of them were bitten and died. <br/>Then the people came to Moses and cried out, ‘We have sinned, for we have spoken against God and against you. Pray to Him to take away the snakes.’ So Moses prayed for the people. – Slide 3
Then the Lord told him, ‘Make a bronze replica of one of these snakes and attach it to the top of a pole; anyone who is bitten shall live if he simply looks at it!’ <br/>So Moses made the replica, and whenever anyone who had been bitten looked at the bronze snake, he recovered! – Slide 4
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