27 Mar 2007
From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way. The people spoke against God and against Moses, â€œWhy have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.â€ Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, â€œWe have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.â€ So Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said to Moses, â€œMake a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.â€ So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.
Again he said to them, â€œI am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.â€ Then the Jews said, â€œIs he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, â€˜Where I am going, you cannot comeâ€™?â€ He said to them, â€œYou are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.â€ They said to him, â€œWho are you?â€ Jesus said to them, â€œWhy do I speak to you at all? I have much to say about you and much to condemn; but the one who sent me is true, and I declare to the world what I have heard from him.â€ They did not understand that he was speaking to them about the Father. So Jesus said, â€œWhen you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will realize that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own, but I speak these things as the Father instructed me. And the one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what is pleasing to him.â€ As he was saying these things, many believed in him.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.