[The] ex-slaves longing for Egypt…[had] had all the manna burgers and manna casseroles and manna peanut butter sandwiches they could stomach. And God has had all the moaning he could take. “So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died” (Numbers 21:6 NKJV)…. Survivors pleaded with Moses to plead with God for mercy…. “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live….'” (vv. 7-9). This passage was a solemn prophecy. And it was also a simple promise. Snake-bit Israelites found healing by looking to the pole. Sinners will find healing by looking to the Christ.