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Bible Commentaries
Numbers 21

Scofield's Reference NotesScofield's Notes

Verse 3


i.e. utter destruction.

Verse 9


(See Scofield " :-") . The serpent is a symbol of sin judged; brass speaks of the divine judgment, as in the brazen altar See Scofield " :-", note (2) and self-judgment, as in the laver of brass. The brazen serpent is a type of Christ "made sin for us" ; John 3:14; John 3:15; 2 Corinthians 5:21 in bearing our judgment. Historically, the moment is indicated in the cry: "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" Matthew 27:46.

Verse 17

Then Israel

The spiritual order here is beautiful:

(1) atonement Numbers 21:8; Numbers 21:9; John 3:14; John 3:15

(2) water, symbol of the Spirit bestowed Numbers 21:16; John 7:37-39.

(3) joy Numbers 21:17; Numbers 21:18; Romans 14:17.

(4) power Numbers 21:21-24.

Bibliographical Information
Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Numbers 21". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/srn/numbers-21.html. 1917.
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