“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.” – John 5:39-40, 46

LIGHT FOR NOW: Eternal life to us is not a figure of speech; it is a fulfilled reality in us unlike the men of old which was a figure of speech to them.

From Jesus’ words in the above text, it is clear that eternal life promissory in the Old Testament is about the person of Christ. Hence, in verse 46 of the above text, Jesus’ words explain that Moses writings (Genesis to Deuteronomy) was about him. So, let’s go into the writings of Moses (Genesis to Deuteronomy) and see the promise of eternal life. In Numbers 21 where the children of Israel were bitten by snakes, Moses made a brazing serpent and lifted it up for the people to look and live irrespective of how bitten they were by the serpents in the wilderness. Now, what did this act of Moses communicate? Could this act be speaking of a spiritual truth that must be communicated by Moses figuratively by that literal drama? Let’s read the account, Numbers 21:7-9 says “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. And the LORD said unto Moses, make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that everyone 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”.

In Moses lifting a serpent in the wilderness, he was preaching about eternal life as a promise. The word “lived” in verse 9 of November 21 is “chayah” in Hebrew which means to cause to live; to keep alive. Jesus refers to this Numbers 21:7-9 events and explains to us that Moses was preaching concerning eternal life. John 3:14-16 will explain Numbers 21:7-9 for us, it reads “And 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. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”. So Moses by lifting the serpent in the wilderness was speaking figuratively to the children of Israel concerning Jesus and the promise of eternal life. In the book of Numbers, we see the promise of eternal life which we have today figuratively portrayed there. Today, we have the reality of what Moses communicated to them as a figure of speech. Glory!

INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.

CONFESSION: I have the reality of the promise of life in the Old Testament. I have the very stuff that makes God eternal life. Glory!

QUOTE: Eternal life is a reality in us and not a figure of speech to us as it was to the men of old.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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