Read Numbers 21.
To paraphrase Jesus, "The critics you have with you always." No
what Moses or God did, the complaining continued. And, the people seem to be even bolder,
not just blaming Moses but "spoke against God" (v.5). The issue of complaint was the same as
before. They were worried about their
daily needs of food and water.
Jesus said, "Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the
and his righteousness, and all these
things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:31-32) kingdom of God
The LORD's judgment against those who would so falsely accuse Him of not supplying their needs was a plague of venomous snakes. "Many people of
died" (v.6). In order to stop the
plague, God had Moses craft a bronze snake and put it on a pole as a symbol of
healing. Those who looked at it would
live. There was absolutely no power in
the pole. The power was in their
response of faith that doing what God instructed would save them.
The logo of the American Medical Association is a serpent on a pole. In the official explanation, they do not give credit to Numbers 21 from c.1500 B.C. for the logo. Instead, they site a mythical figure of Aesculapius, the son of the sun god Apollo, as early as 1200 B.C. for its basis. Beginning in the 17th century, a snake on a pole became the primary symbol of medicine. The AMA has utilized it as its logo since 1910. How many medical professionals through the years have had no idea of the true source of their own logo?