WHEN is Salvation?

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THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT the following question please:

Is there ever a time—in all of the Bible—when God saved people—AFTER they expressed obedient faith?

Let’s explore this together with an open mind and open Bible (cf. Acts 17:11).

Please read the following chapter and then answer the questions listed below—Numbers 21:4-8:

  • WHICH direction were the children of Israel travelling? v. 4

 

  • WHAT are some reasons as to why the children of Israel became impatient? v. 5

 

  • WHOM did the children of Israel complain/speak against? v. 5

 

  • HOW does God feel when we complain and grumble? 2:14; 1 Thes. 5:18; Eph. 4:29; 1 Cor. 10:10; Exo. 16:8

 

  • WHAT did God do to the people who complained on this occasion?  cf. Rom. 3:23

 

  • WHAT might the word “fiery” suggest? See the NIV, NRSV, and CEV translations.

 

  • WHY did God treat these people differently than He did back at Kedesh? 20:2-11; cf. Ex. 34:6, 7

 

  • After the many sins the Israelites had committed since leaving Egypt, WHAT did they do differently this time? v. 7
    • WHAT does the word “intercede” suggest?

 

  • WHAT request did the Israelites make of Moses after confessing their sins? v. 7

 

  • WHAT did God tell Moses to do? Be specific.  v. 8

 

  • Exactly WHEN were people saved from the effects of the serpent bite? v. 9
    • WAS ANYONE on this occasion saved by faith alone? Jas. 2:14-26
    • Could any of the saved people boast that they had saved themselves? Eph. 2:8-10
    • WHAT happened to any bite victim who did not look at the bronze serpent on the pole?

 

  • HOW did Jesus later apply this passage to Himself and what does it mean to us today? John 3:15-16; cf. Titus 3:5

 

  • Can we only appeal to John 3:16, but not also appeal to John 3:15, when talking about both the salvation of those in Deuteronomy 21 and man’s salvation today?  Explain your answer.

“God loves you and I love you and that’s the way it’s gonna be!” – Mike

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