There And Back Again Week 12 7.9.17

Sermon Notes


SLIDE:  There and Back – John 3:16


SLIDEBiblically Based, Relationally Driven, Spirit-Led


SLIDE: Exploring the connections between the Old Testament and New Testaments is important for our faith journey.


SLIDE:  John 3:16

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  Pg. 862




It seems too simple.  Too “right there”.


References to OT:  Matthew 124, Luke 109, Mark 70, John 27.


John is into “Signs”   18 xs sign    13 chapters



SLIDE:  Moses & The Bronze Serpent

           Numbers 21:4-9  Pg. 124    


A DOVE & Olive Branch


Make a healing symbol… Place it on a pole

 and make it look just like the problem!


Syringe :


Take what is killing you… Now…  look at it! 


POLE in septuagent  is the same is “SIGN”.


SLIDE:  Rattle Snake Pic 4ft long and 13 rattles


What happened here !?!?


:4-5    “Go Around”  Impatient Murmured GOD and MOSES


To Go Around Edom

You have the vision.  God is in it.  Should be easier.


dryer, or longer, or tougher = Remember God.   


RED SEA!  Place of their greatest miracle!


Yesterday…  The rally

A group   TOO long   Impatient =  Forget God


The punishment seems excessive for the crime!


A serpent!  =  Satan in the garden

What is behind all this…        





The bronze serpent Tabernacle as a sacred object


1000 years later…   Bronze serpent is back!

Hezekiah trusted in the Lord, the God of Israel.


2 Kings 18:4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.)


Now I see a “person” on a pole.


I see me.  I see someone in my place


Lifted up FOOTNOTE “F”  = “exalted”


SLIDE: 2 Corinthians 5:21  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.




SLIDE:  John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have ETERNAL LIFE.




Pastor Pete Hartwig