Psalmody: Psalm 146:1–10
Old Testament Reading: Exodus 22:20–23:13
New Testament Reading: Luke 4:16–30
Why, then, did Moses, after the prohibition of any “likeness of anything” (Ex. 20:4) set forth a bronze serpent, placed on a “tree” in a hanging posture, for a spectacle of healing to Israel during the time when, after their idolatry, they were suffering extermination by serpents? Was it not that in this case he was exhibiting the Lord’s cross on which the serpent (the devil) was made a show of, so that to everyone hurt by such snakes, by turning intently from the severity of their sins to the sacraments of Christ’s cross, salvation was delivered? For whoever gazed upon that cross was freed from the bite of the serpents.