The Serpent, the Leprous Hand, and the Blood

Tell Them That “I Am, That I Am” Sent You

After spending forty years at the backside of the desert, the Lord came to Moses and called him to bring His people out of their bondage in Egypt. This same Moses that killed the Egyptian in defense of a fellow Israelite forty years earlier, now tells the Lord that he is not equal to the task. The Lord has his brother Aaron go with him as his spokesman and assures Moses that He will be with him. He instructs Moses to tell the Children of Israel that “I Am that I Am” had sent him.

The Lord commanded Moses to tell the children of Isreal that He, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, would bring them out from under their bondage in Eygpt to “a land flowing with milk and honey.” He was to go before Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and demand that he “let My people go.” The Lord also told him that Pharaoh would not let them go and that the Lord would “smite Eygpt with all my wonders” after which Pharaoh would let the children of Israel go.

Moses told the Lord that the children of Israel would not believe that the Lord had sent him. The Lord asked what he had in his hand. Moses replied that he had a rod. The Lord had him cast it on the ground and it became a serpent. Then the Lord told him to pick it up by the tail, and it became a rod once again. The Lord then told him to put his hand in his bosom, and when he did, his hand became leprous. The Lord had him put his hand in his bosom once again, and his hand returned to normal flesh. The Lord instructed Moses to use these signs to show the children of Israel that the “God of their Fathers” had indeed appeared to him. The Lord also told Moses that if they did not believe these first two signs he was to “take the water of the river and pour it on dry land.” The Lord said the water from the river would become blood.

The Lord was showing Moses that by the rod turning into a serpent he would be coming up against the powers of darkness. Egypt worshiped demon spirits and by the rod turning into a serpent the Lord was showing Pharaoh that the Kingdom of Eygpt was under Satanic control. In fact, one of the gods of Eygpt was the serpent. Aaron cast his rod down before Pharaoh and it became a serpent. Pharaoh called for his wise men and sorcerers and the Bible says “they also did in like manner with their enchantments.” However, Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. The Lord, by this, was showing Pharaoh that He was mightier than all the gods of Eygpt. Prophetically, this also pointed ahead to Calvary where Jesus would totally defeat sin and Satan (see Genesis 3:15). The Lord would use this same rod to bring about the miracles in Eygpt that would result in Pharoh letting God’s people go.

The second sign of Moses’ hand turning leprous represented sin which is the problem for all of the human race. His placing his hand back in his bosom once again and it coming out without any leprosy points to the salvation only Jesus can provide to each individual that comes to Him with the leprosy of sin. Sin is a problem within the heart of each individual and the answer to the sin problem within cannot be resolved by our efforts but cost the Lord greatly to provide for us at the cross.

The third sign of the water from the river turning to blood represents the only answer to defeat Satan (the serpent) and sin (leprosy), and that’s the Precious Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Again the only way that mankind can be delivered from the sin nature is through the sacrificial work of our Lord at Calvary. Note that the third sign was to be given if the first two were not believed. If we do not believe that we are under the dominion of Satan (the serpent) and have a fallen nature (leprous), then this third sign, the only way to salvation, points to the result of rejecting what the first two signs show us. The cross accepted brings life. The cross rejected brings sure judgment. The serpent, the leprous hand, and the blood; all point to our need for a savior. We were all dead in our sins, but Christ through the shedding of His Blood on the cross has brought forgiveness to all those that will come in repentance and faith.

Regarding the serpent (Satan):

“Who has delivered us from the power of darkness and has translated us into the Kingdom of His Dear Son” (Colossians 1:13)

Regarding the leprosy of sin:

“There is none righteous, no, not one. For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:10,23).

Regarding the Blood (the Precious Blood of Christ):

“For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many (whosoever will believe) for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28).

Remember Always,

God Loves You!

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