Isn’t the bronze snake a sort of false idol?


The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived. Numbers 21:8-9
            Not exactly.  While worshipping idols was a problem during this time, this bronze snake on a pole was not an idol because God told them to use it.
            Here’s what happened.  After more and more grumbling amongst the Israelites, God sent a bunch of venomous snakes to bite the people.  They asked for forgiveness and God said to make a bronze snake and put it on a pole.  If the people looked at it they were healed.
            Looking at the bronze snake on a pole, healed them of the poison.  It acted as a sort of precursor to Jesus taking on our sins (caused by a snake in the garden) while lifted up on a cross.  If the people look to Jesus to take away their sins (a poison leading to death), they would be healed.
            It wasn’t an idol, but a prophetic sign of Jesus healing Satan’s original sin.