The Bronze Serpent

Numbers 21.4-9

2 Timothy 2.19-Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.”

The Conclusion to the Commandments
What does God say about all these commandments?
He says, "I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments."
What does this mean?
God threatens to punish all who transgress these commandments.  Therefore we should fear his anger and not disobey what he commands.
But he promises grace and every blessing to all who keep these commandments.  Therefore we should love and trust in him, and gladly obey what he commands.

God’s Word Is Our Great Heritage

God's Word is our great heritage
And shall be ours forever;
To spread its light from age to age
Shall be our chief endeavor.
Through life it guides our way;
In death it is our stay.
Lord, grant, while worlds endure,
We keep its teachings pure
Throughout all generations.

 

The Brass Serpent, Anthony Van Dyck

The Brass Serpent, Anthony Van Dyck