March 18, 2012

This Sunday, we will explore the topic, “looking for signs of holiness.” For Noah, signs included the dove and the rainbow. The Old Testament lesson for this Sunday is Numbers 21:4-9. Moses put a snake on a pole, and when people looked at it, they were healed. The snake-on-a-pole is called the “caduceus,” the staff of Hermes/Mercury, and today is the symbol for medicine. The New Testament lesson is John 3:14-16, where we get the familiar and often quoted passage, John 3:16. Before presenting this verse, John encourages the reader to remember Moses’ caduceus and invites the reader to look upon Jesus in this very way (a sign for our healing and wholeness).