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Old Testament Lesson #15 The Brazen Serpent
Eric D. Huntsman
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The brazen serpent in Numbers 21:9 is a type for the cross of Jesus' crucifixion. The cross was not just the means of our Lord's death, it was also a symbol of what that death has and will accomplish for us. Historically, the cross was not necessarily the Latin or Greek cross of art; it was just as likely to have been scaffolding or upright poles to which crossbeams of various kinds were attached for any number of criminals. Instead, the . . .
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