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The Scofield Bible Commentary, by Cyrus Ingerson Scofield, [1917], at

Numbers Chapter 21

Numbers 21:3

num 21:3


That is, utter destruction.

Numbers 21:9

num 21:9


(See Scofield) - (Gen 3:14).

The serpent is a symbol of sin judged; brass speaks of the divine judgment, as in the brazen altar

(See Scofield) - (Exo 27:1)",

note (2) and self-judgment, as in the laver of brass. The brazen serpent is a type of Christ "made sin for us"; (Joh 3:14); (Joh 3:15); (Co2 5:21) in bearing our judgment. Historically, the moment is indicated in the cry: "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?" (Mat 27:46).

Numbers 21:17

num 21:17

Then Israel

The spiritual order here is beautiful:

(1) atonement (Num 21:8); (Num 21:9); (Joh 3:14); (Joh 3:15).

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

(3) joy (Num 21:17); (Num 21:18); (Rom 14:17).

(4) power (Num 21:21-24).

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