July 25

DAILY READINGS: Judges 21:1-25; Isaiah 40:1-31; 1 Corinthians 16:1-24

[He] broke in pieces the bronze serpent…for until those days the people of Israel had made offerings to it. 2 Kings 18:4

Numbers 21 pictured what God would do for the world through His Son. Israel had sinned, yet God provided a bronze serpent, lifted high on a pole. Whoever looked, lived. But the ensuing generations forgot about the goodness of God, and the statue became the object of their worship. We can do just the same. Romans 1:21 says, “although they knew God, they did not honor him as God…and their foolish hearts were darkened.” Yet God still cares. Believe in Him and you will not perish. Look and live. —Charlie Tempest

Look and live, O sinner live, Look to Jesus now and live.
—William Ogden