The snakes were there all along

In the book of Numbers, there is a record of the Israelites being bitten by snakes in the wilderness.


The people spoke against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we loathe this miserable food.” The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died. [Numbers 21:5-6]


The manna, which is a representation of Christ, the Israelites ate was described as angels’ food in Ps 78:25, but in their complaint, it was degraded to become miserable food! As a result, we see the judgement brought upon them: they were attacked by snakes. Matthew Henry reminded us in his commentary that the snakes were there all along, as noted by Moses in Deuteronomy 8:15, and the Lord had shielded the people from the snakes. The above 2 verses show us clearly that the attack from the snakes came only after the people degraded the manna, and even wanted to forsake the manna.


As such let us take heed not to repeat the mistake the Israelites had made. As Matthew Henry puts it, “Let not the contempt which some cast on the word of God, make us value it less.


5 thoughts on “The snakes were there all along

  1. Love it – we could also say that Before they disobeyed God, HE was protecting them from the snakes – once they disobeyed they open a door for Judgment and God ‘withdrew’ his Protection.

    It is not really what happened in this particular context but it is one plausible interpretation on how spiritual laws works.

    In general God is always at work protecting Humanity against the Devil horrible schemes. if His merciful Protection was to be taken away – and the world was left to Devil and us -I Believe that even Fiction would not be able to convey the horrible fate of Humanity!


    1. well said. it is worthy to note that even though the lord allowed the snakes to bite the people, the lord also provided a remedy when the people repented or showed signs of remorse.


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