Moses and the Serpent on the Staff by Sebastien Bourdon
From Mount Hor they set out by way of the Red Sea, to bypass the land of Edom, but the people’s patience was worn out by the journey; so the people complained against God and Moses, “Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in the wilderness, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!” So the LORD sent among the people seraph– serpents, which bit the people so that many of the Israelites died. Then the people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you. Pray to the LORD to take the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people, and the LORD said to Moses: Make a seraph and mount it on a pole, and everyone who has been bitten will look at it and recover – Accordingly Moses made a bronze serpent – and mounted it on a pole, and whenever the serpent bit someone, the person looked at the bronze serpent and recovered. Numbers 21: 6-9
I have spent some time contemplating the above passage. The people had been rescued from slavery by God, yet they complained and did not trust. As always, when I read the bible, I think God gives us multiple meanings in the stories He left us. I believe they actually happened, but there is an underlying message too. God is a God of detail, and not of coincidence. He is in everything. And everything is connected.
The metaphor I see here is that the serpents that are biting us are actually our own sin. The sins we have committed, and the sins committed against us by others. Sin brings death, just as the serpent bite did. It can bring death when we sit in un-forgiveness and rage toward those who have wronged us. It can bring death when we sit in the pride of our sin, never examining ourselves, never repenting. He will make transparent the wrongs, revealing them to all. The truth shall set us all free. Anyone who thinks they can hide or cover up will soon find that they cannot.
We can only be healed when we stare straight at it. When we examine our conscience and repent. When we look at those who have wronged us, and we forgive them and love the way Christ does. For some of us, those wounds are gigantic, and seem insurmountable. But for God nothing is impossible.
I have read many prophecies about a “warning,” some call it an, “illumination of conscience,” and I have even heard the term, “rescue.” One day in my prayer I felt the Blessed Mother tell me that these are all the same thing. It is a warning, to turn back to God. It is a an illumination of conscience, because you will be shown exactly who you are in the eyes of God. It is a rescue for many, because you will be saved from perdition. You will stare at the serpent on the staff, if you are open to healing. If you are not, you will look away, thereby taking your eyes off of God. You can, of your own free will, choose God and be healed, or choose death. The choice is up to you. He is the exacter of the judgement you have chosen. Take care to examine yourself daily, so when you stare at the serpent on the staff, you can forgive and be forgiven, and be totally healed. Whether this is a one time event for all of us, or perhaps when each individual is shown his or her own soul (as I feel happened to me), or just upon death, or perhaps all of that, I know not. I just know your time will come and you must choose.
I have often been asked if I am a Prophet. All I can tell you is, if a Prophet is someone who calls people back to God, then yes, I have accepted that assignment. I cannot speak for God, except through my own interpretation of what He tells me. I have been wrong. He never has. And last night I was sitting on my porch, watching a fairly raging storm. I was in awe of the power of God, and I felt so small. I felt God tell me He has SO MUCH MORE in store for us, and yet we think so little, we fear suffering, we trust not at all. He wants us to trust. He showed me awhile back just a glimmer of His creation – and he did it using a tree. We have everything backwards when we worship the earth. If we worship the creator, he lets us have harmony with the earth. On that particular day, I totally understood the Canticle of the Sun that St. Francis wrote. Our preparation in these perilous times is not one of worldly preparation of bunkers and food. It is spiritual. It is about knowing and trusting your Creator. It is about asking for your will to be one with His. Here is what I recorded in my journal last night;
I want to draw you into eternity to live in my will. It makes you one with me the Creator so you are drawn into creation. I AM outside of time. I AM outside of space. I AM, so you will BE. Just BE. BE in the present moment. The past–your memories, the present–your now, the future — your hopes and anxieties, all wrapped into one. BE present. BE in the Spirit. With each breath you take know that you can BE in ME. Transcending everything. I AM love. I AM perfection. I AM all of creation. The Angels bask in the glory of my now. So too shall you live. I gave you a small glimpse of this when I let you feel but a drop of creation in that tree. Heaven IS. And the time for Heaven is now. So just BE in Me. Receive Me. I will give all of Me to you just as I did in My Son. The storm will rage. The lightening will strike. The thunder will roll. And you will know the Great I AM and you will BE. And all will be amazed. Contemplate creation and I will give it to you now.
So I want to tell you to go forth and contemplate meeting your maker. Just BE with Him. Examine yourself, go to confession if need be, and then just settle in and rest in the healing He can bring to you, if only you allow it.