If you are driving through a construction zone on a Saskatchewan highway you must reduce your speed to 60 kilometers per hour or less. It’s the law, designed to save the lives of construction workers. Thankfully, there are signs placed along the roadway well in advance of a construction zone that alert a driver to reduce speed so that “ignorance of the law” could never be a reasonable defence.
When a sign informs us of a law and the law is obeyed, a life is protected.
When the Israelites were unhappy with their new-found freedom from slavery, God sent poisonous snakes which bit the people, killing them. When they recognized their sin of grumbling against God, God instructed Moses to give them a sign and a way to protect themselves from death. Moses made a replica of a poisonous snake. Whenever the people were bit by a snake, they could look at the sign and be reminded that obeying God led to life. God delivered them from death when they changed their ways.
God continues to save lives through signs that remind us to change our ways. Water, bread and wine, signs of God’s presence, remind us that God considers life to be precious.
Help us, O God, to look to the signs you provide for the sake of our lives. Amen. — DBB