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Look Upon Jesus (Numbers 21:4-8)Tommy Boring, August 25, 2019
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
The people of Israel wasn’t grateful for the food that God provided them. Instead of calling on God, we blame God. Don’t be discouraged in the way. We accuse God however the truth is He’s always there. God responded with judgement as they murmured. When they recognized their error they asked Moses to pray for them. Moses prayed and God was merciful. Without God, we are desperate. The only thing that separated you from God was put on a pole. He wasn’t saying worship the sin/serpent, but He said put it up there so we see the problem. Just as Jesus was put on a pole, He became sin. They had to believe in the word brought to them by Moses. There is a remedy for sin. He said look upon the pole/cross. All you have to do is believe. Except the Son of man be lifted up if I (Jesus) be lifted up I will draw all men unto me. It’s not about what you know. It’s all in the cross. You must look up on it. He was so tortured yet all that represents what we are without Jesus. He paid the penalty so we could live. If you don’t know Christ there is no remedy for your sin. But, there is good news because we can look upon Christ and be saved.
Tommy and his wife Teresa were married at New Providence Primitive Baptist Church June of 1985. His first full-time church ministry was at Meadow Branch Primitive Baptist Church where he served as their pastor for 2 years and 9 months. Tommy and Teresa have 3 sons; Christopher, Justin and Blake.
In October of 1991 Tommy was called as pastor of Edgewood Primitive Baptist Church and stayed until October of 2002 fulfilling God’s call for Edgewood.
Since January 2003, he has been the pastor of NPPBC. His two oldest children are married and live in the Maryville area.
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4And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way. 5And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. 6And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. 7Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. 8And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live. (KJV)