Moses’ Intervention for the People
Poor, but much loved of God; Moses continually intervened for his people after leading them out of Egypt. There had been no group of people in history that had witnessed God in such a way as this group of people but, shortly after the Lord had given them a victory over the Canaanites, they became discouraged over the lack of water and food and complained to God and Moses.
“And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no bread, neither is there any water, and our soul loatheth this light bread.”(Numbers 21:5)
This did not go over well with the Lord, as indicated in the next verse. “And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Isreal died.” (Numbers 21:6)
The people then cried out to Moses to pray for them. “Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.” (Numbers 21:7)
God’s Answer to Moses
“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. 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.” (Numbers 21:8-9)
The actions of those who came out of Egypt are no worse then the rebellion of most of us today. How quickly we doubt, become fearful and give up the minute things are not appearing to go our way. May this be an example to us.