And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it on a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived. Numbers 21:9.
The fiery serpents were biting and killing God's people so God gave instructions to Moses to put a brass serpent on a pole and any one who looked at it expectantly with faith would be healed of their snake bite.
This presents the odd circumstance that a serpent on a pole would destroy the power of fiery serpents. The power of a serpent destroys the power of other serpents. This is a foreshadowing of the redemptive Withdrawal principal of the cross, that Evil powers self-destructed in aikido-like fashion at the cross. Col 2:15. Aikido is where the thrust of the enemy is reversed and used to defeat the enemy. The recipient of the opponent's thrust generates no thrust of his own.
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