Praising Through Clouds #3 Serpents

Driving back home from town, Hattie glanced at the clouds in front of her, and with a gasp said to Beth,” Look at those two squiggly wisps of cloud.  They’re identical; they’re twin snakes.  

            Beth looked and said, “With the sun setting now, the orange is reflecting off of them.  They look fiery.  I think it’s pretty amazing to see to identical “S” shaped cloud swirls right next to each other.”  As they drove on, and as the clouds shifted in shape Beth added, “Now we have to think of Bible verses about snakes.”

            “I know, Beth, that you’re probably thinking of the Garden of Eden, but a favorite of mine is the bronze serpent which Moses held up to the people in the desert.  It’s a foreshadowing of Christ’s crucifixion and his healing power.”

            “Right.  Let me find the exact wording in Exodus,” Beth added as she grabbed her Bible from the back seat.  “No, it’s not Exodus, though the people were exiting.  It’s Numbers 21: 4-9.  It says that the people were complaining again, and God sent fiery serpents who bit the people and many died. Then, the people confessed their sin and came and asked Moses to pray that God would take the snakes away.  Moses prayed and God told him to make an image of a fiery serpent and set it up on a pole, and that everyone who was bitten, when he looked at the snake on the pole, he would live.  So, Moses did that.”

            “Look at the footnote,” Hattie added.  “That’s the best part.  John 3:14-15. The serpent on the pole was a ‘type of Christ.’ Christ was lifted up to bear the sins of many.  I know this verse by heart, ‘And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life’.”

            They drove on quietly for a while.  The orange snakes had floated away.  Dusk settled over the hills, and Hattie and Beth pondered these thoughts as the road home.

 

Author’s note:  All cloud formations presented in “Praising” have actually been seen by the author.