This was the verse that God used to convict the great preacher, Charles Spurgeon and convert him in 1850……….and one of the best stories from the Old Testament to illustrate this concept of “saving faith” from Numbers 21.
The people were complaining…certainly not the first time. It takes place near the end of their forty year journey through the wilderness… We read in Numbers 21:4 that the “soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way”
….Basically they were tired of the menu that God was providing (vs, 5) and impatient their journey was taking so long.
As a result, the people spoke against God…never a good idea. They were severely chastised.
The LORD provided a means of salvation….all the people who had been bitten by the fiery serpents needed faith to believe God’s word to Moses…just look at the brass serpent on the pole…and live!!!