Snakes (Lent 4B)

The Israelites are in the desert growing weary of their 40-year journey through the wilderness much in the same way many of us are growing weary of our 40 days of Lent.

To the Israelites, God sends poisonous snakes as “punishment” but when they repent a healing snake is lifted up on a pole for them to look at when they are bit but the poisonous ones. Skimming over the theological debate about God sending punishment, let’s assume the snakes are the habits or small reminders of what we’ve given up for Lent that are especially troubling at this time.

Take out a sheet of paper and write one of these at the bottom and then outline it and color it as a snake. Continue to name those small reminders and color them as poisonous snakes one at a time.

When you’re done with that, draw a cross shape and add the bronze serpent to it to give you something to focus on. There is a theory that the medical symbol is based on this story so you can make it something along those lines. In the Gospel of John, Jesus is the serpent on the cross who heals us and gives us eternal life when we focus on him.

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