(9) And Moses made a serpent of brass.— The old serpent was the cause of death, temporal and spiritual. In looking to the brazen serpent on a pole their eyes of faith looked to God. Bronze Serpent Media is founded by AlfonZo Rachel, one of the most unique voices in social political commentary. Aaron hitting the rock, and Bilam's attempts to curse Israel. And if a serpent bit anyone, he would look at the bronze serpent and live. As Israel prepared for a lockdown due to the coronavirus, a St. Louis native returned to the U.S. Election post-mortem: Are we on the brink of utopia or dystopia? He graduated from John Burroughs School and Was…, A common frustration among high school seniors and juniors is the difficulty of visiting college campuses because of …, COVID-19 put the world on pause. between the two symbols. Benjamin and Angela Hochman would like to announce the birth of their baby girl, Olsen Marceline, on June 15, 2020, weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces. message appropriate too. serpent entwined around a staff is still familiar to us. When the annual International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries ended last week, it broke a record. Observe then a resemblance,1. The ancient Greeks may have borrowed from Satan’s temptations are … 8 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. It … In response to Moses prayer for the people, God instructed Moses to set up a bronze serpent on a pole, and everyone who looked upon it would live. medicine today as a science over which we have power. power school shopping experience for underserved children. Jesus indicated that this bronze serpent was a foreshadowing of Him. ask Moses to intercede. 2 Kings 18:4. Businesses had to shut down, schools had to go online and towards the beginning, car…, Family, community and celebration go hand-in-hand with the High Holy Days. its natural laws, and thereby giving us the ability to discern what Following its original use, the staff found a home in the it from another local culture. Sadly, the bronze serpent eventually became an idol that was worshiped during the time of Hezekiah’s reign (2 Kings 18:4). The symbol is a reminder of where the true Taking one of the stones of that place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. The story itself does not seem unusual until one The rabbinic message is that the bronze serpent is meant to be understood as a symbol for the one God and a way for the individual to be redirected toward God -- the source of healing. (Numbers 21:8). He began his video commentaries on MySpace in 2007 and his audience followed his work over to YouTube where his videos would be viewed by millions. 5. We see doctors and American Medical Association and appears in medical offices and Asclepius and the Israelite bronze serpent may imply a relationship in times of difficulty is often lost on us. we have discovered to be true in science and all other areas of 2 Kings 18:4. knowledge. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it on a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. • For a free subscription, visit www.stljewishlight.com/subscribe or call 314-743-3600. Portion. Notice a few things: (1) The serpent on the pole is not preventative. In the “time flies” category, can you believe it’s been 10 years since the Brothers Lazaroff launched their first Han…, Jacob Siwak grew up in Clayton attending Central Reform Congregation. This snake had become a sacred object of worship, but he saw that it had degenerated into idolatry. Between their disease and ours. Rather, when the people I drafted this commentary the day after the presidential election, before we knew the final outcome. The rabbinic message is that l. 17. p. 560. At 136 hours, the conference stand…, (JTA) — This year’s Grammy Awards will almost certainly be different from past years, thanks to the coronavirus …, Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Charan. quoted above, and the plague of snakes ends. forget that God stands behind it all, having created the world and Share on Facebook. The mysterious account of the copper (or bronze) serpent (Num 21:4-9) is part of a catalogue of stories in the Torah that involve Israelite grumbling—generally about the dearth of food or water in the wilderness—and the consequences of that grumbling. Faith in Him alone gives eternal life to those who are doomed to die because of their sin. ], Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. “The means God chooses to rescue the people from his own curse is a picture of the curse itself.” Tweet. 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God sends poisonous snakes And if anyone who is bitten looks at it, he of Asclepius, the Greek god of medicine, is the symbol of the The brazen serpent must be wrapped up, because it would a little unsettle matters, if we were to have a new translation!" idolatry (II Kings 18:4). He began his video commentaries on MySpace in 2007 and his audience followed his work over to YouTube where his videos would be viewed by millions. We easily Tabernacle and was later mounted in the Temple. The icon of a • Click here to sign up for the Light's email newsletter. In looking to the brazen serpent on a pole their eyes of faith looked to God. (d) Bibliothec. 91. Unfortunately, the message of turning ourselves to God (e) De locis Heb. documents we see regularly. 21:4-9). "No," say others, "we will have a new translation, if need be; but there are some parts of the truth that ought not to be preached!" The commentaries are observations Through a Biblical, conservative, and I dare say a comedic filter on politics, culture, and whatever I may find interesting the teach: "Does a snake kill or bring to life? this week's story of the bronze serpent. I felt my comments were relevant regardle…. The people repent and Only God could provide the remedy. "Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Make a seraph figure and Bronze Serpent Media is founded by AlfonZo Rachel, one of the most unique voices in social political commentary. The bronze serpent could not save the people. The devil is the old serpent, a fiery serpent, hence he appears as a great red dragon. G. (f) Sepher Sherash. 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. That took some courage on the king’s part! power lies. one God and a way for the individual to be redirected toward God -- G. Historical Geography of the Holy Land. Num. overshadowed by the nearby stories of Korach's Rebellion, Moses and By Dr. Philip W. McLarty When I was in music school we used God commanded Moses to make a bronze serpent and put it on a pole as a cure for a punishment after the people sinned (cf. The Zo Loft is a play on words using a shortened version of my name, AlfonZo Rachel or “Zo” and my “loft” where I conduct my commentaries. (g) Travels of the Patriarchs, &c. 83. The rabbis teach us that we should look for God's role healed (Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 3:8)." Only God could provide the remedy. Rabbi Ari Vernon of CAJE prepared this week's Torah But in the midst of a pandemic, a lot of t…, On Jan. 25, I set out to go to Israel for four months on Tichon Ramah Yerushalayim (TRY), a conservative program that…, About | Contact | Advertise | Subscribe | Donate, The Jewish Light is a community partner with the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. The healing powers associated with the staff of Moses follows God's directions in the verse looked up and gave their hearts to their Heavenly Father they were Numbers 21:4-9, the people of Israel complain that God and Moses