Thursday, June 17, 2021

  


                                                                                          חוקת

                                                                               Numbers 19–22:1---

                                                                               -Judges 11:1–33

                                                                                    STATUTE

                                                                                     CHUKAT



Statute

 

 Choq :Strong’s:  H2706The word often translated as “statute” is choq in Hebrew.  Choq is a statute (a condition or civil enactment from God), an ordinance (enactment or decree), a limit, or something prescribed (a task, portion, limit/boundary).  Another word that could be used to define choq is a requirement. { 119 Ministries}

 

                                   THE BRAZEN SERPENT

Numbers 21 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)

21 Then the king of ‘Arad, a Kena‘ani who lived in the Negev, heard that Isra’el was approaching by way of Atarim, so he attacked Isra’el and took some of them captive. Isra’el made a vow to Adonai, “If you will hand this people over to me, I will completely destroy their cities.” Adonai listened to what Isra’el said and handed over the Kena‘anim, so they completely destroyed them and their cities and named the place Hormah [complete destruction].Then they traveled from Mount Hor on the road toward the Sea of Suf in order to go around the land of Edom; but the people’s tempers grew short because of the detour. The people spoke against God and against Moshe: “Why did you bring us up out of Egypt? To die in the desert? There’s no real food, there’s no water, and we’re sick of this miserable stuff we’re eating!”(LY: vi) In response, Adonai sent poisonous snakes among the people; they bit the people, and many of Isra’el’s people died. The people came to Moshe and said, “We sinned by speaking against Adonai and against you. Pray to Adonai that he rid us of these snakes.” Moshe prayed for the people, and Adonai answered Moshe: “Make a poisonous snake and put it on a pole. When anyone who has been bitten sees it, he will live.” Moshe made a bronze snake and put it on the pole; if a snake had bitten someone, then, when he looked toward the bronze snake, he stayed alive

                     A  VERY ODD REMEDY

 Murmuring Again Hashem sent fiery serpents to bite the Israelites when they continued to kvetch about the manna and travel route G-D and Moses led them in. Moses Prayed G-D instructed Moses when he interceded to make a bronze snake .G-D stated that all who looked at it would be healed.

 

INSIGHTS

SYMBOL OF JUDGEMENT The metal brass was used in the  alter where all the various offerings were made. It was the first object inside the Mishkan and was made of brass a mixed metal which was appropriate because of our unclean state to that point. The snake was made out of the same metal for possibly the same reason.

                                                        SNAKE = SATAN

 Bresheet  3 :14-15

14 Adonai, God, said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all livestock and wild animals. You will crawl on your belly and eat dust as long as you live. 15 I will put animosity between you and the woman, and between your descendant and her descendant; he will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel. “Snake now becomes symbol of sin and evil. Good picture for them and us to understand the evil.

 

MESSIANIC CONNECTIONS

Yeshua tied the Brazen Serpent to himself in scripture.  As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. - John 3:14, 15.   Shaul said: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. - 2 Corinthians 5:21

    CLOSURE MODERN MEDICINE ODDITY

 

This incident during Israel’s wilderness wanderings led to the Greek legends of Aesculapius, the god of healing, who was symbolized as a brass serpent on a pole, or cross. (It is amusing to notice that many medical professionals have adopted the caduceus, which includes two serpents entwined on a staff. What makes this amusing is that this was actually the symbol for Hermes, the god of commerce! Medicine in western society does seem to have commerce as a goal because often symptoms are treated disease is mostly not cured.


Shalom.

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