Christian Life Church
August 3, 2022 7pm
Manna The Bronze Serpent
Locations & Times
  • Christian Life Church Columbia
    2700 Bush River Rd, Columbia, SC 29210, USA
    Wednesday 6:30 PM


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Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow My instructions. On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.” The Lord said to Moses, “I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’” That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat.” Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning.” However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them. The people of Israel called the bread manna. It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey. The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan. Portions of Exodus 16, NIV


1/ The manna offered physical life, just as Jesus offers physical, spiritual, and eternal life.

Exodus 16:12

“I am the living bread that comes down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever.” John 6:51

For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Hebrews 1:3

2/ The manna came from heaven, just as Jesus came from heaven.

Exodus 16:4

“For I have come down from heaven…” John 6:38

3/ The manna was a gift from God, just as Jesus is a gift from God.

Exodus 16:4

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

4/ The manna was not recognized at first, just as Jesus was not recognized at first.

Exodus 16:15

“Where did this man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers?” they asked. “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son?” Matthew 13:54-55

He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. John 1:11

5/ The manna was resented, just as Jesus was resented.

“But now we have lost our appetite; we never see anything but this manna!” Num 11:6

“…they have hated both Me and My Father.” John 15:24

6/ The manna would corrupt, yet Jesus was not corrupted.

Exodus 16:20

So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men crucified with Jesus. But when they came to Jesus, they saw that He was already dead, so they didn’t break His legs. John 19:32-33
7/ The manna was sent to test their faith, just as Jesus tests our faith.

Exodus 16:4

(Jesus) asked this only to test him… John 6:6

8/ The manna was for Israel, yet Jesus is for all.

Exodus 16:11

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
Mark 16:15

And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. 1 John 4:14

9/ The manna was the fulfillment of a promise, just as Jesus is the fulfillment of a promise.

Exodus 16:4

Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a Son, and will call Him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

10/ The manna was available during a window of opportunity, just as Jesus is available during a window of opportunity.

Exodus 16:21

Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment… Heb 9:27

I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

11/ The manna was new every morning, just as God’s mercies are new every morning.

Exodus 16:21

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

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They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people great impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived. Numbers 21:4-9, NIV
1/ The snake bites represent God’s judgment against sin, just as the cross represents God’s judgment against sin.
Numbers 21:5-6
But He has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself. Hebrews 9:26
2/ The snake bites physically killed those infected, just as sin spiritually kills those infected.
Numbers 21:6
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
3/ Moses interceded for Israel, just as Jesus intercedes for us.
Numbers 21:7
Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them. Hebrews 7:25
4/ The bronze serpent was put on a pole, just as Jesus was put on a cross.
Numbers 21:8
Two rebels were crucified with Him, one on His right and one on His left. Matt 27:38
5/ The bronze serpent was lifted up, just as Jesus was lifted up.
Numbers 21:8-9
When they had crucified Him… “Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” Matthew 27:35, 40
6/ The bronze serpent was without venom, just as Jesus is without sin.
Numbers 21:9
So God did what the law could not do. He sent His own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Romans 8:3
God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
7/ The bronze serpent was the only cure for the venom, just as Christ is the only cure for sin.
Numbers 21:9
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6
8/ Their physical healing required action and belief, just as our spiritual healing requires action & belief.
Numbers 21:9
“The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9