How did Moses ‘MAKE’ a bronze snake?
Was he rich in that era? Or was he a freemason in that era?
In the Bible and the Book of Mormon we have references to a very meaningful event while Moses was leading his people throughout the wilderness. When the lives of the people of Moses were threatened as a result of the bites and stings of wilderness serpents, Moses raised a brazen serpent on a pole and declared that all who would look on this serpent would ultimately overcome the bites and stings of the wilderness serpents and be saved from death:
And the Lord said unto Moses, make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that if a serpent had bitten my man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.” (Numbers 21:9)
Book of Mormon references:
1Ne:17:41: And he did straiten them in the wilderness with his rod; for they hardened their hearts, even as ye have; and the Lord straitened them because of their iniquity. He sent fiery flying serpents among them; and after they were bitten he prepared a way that they might be healed; and the labor which they had to perform was to look; and became of the simpleness of the way, or the easiness of it, there were many who perished.
2Ne:25:20: And now, my brethren, I have spoken plainly that ye cannot err. And as the Lord God liveth that brought Israel up out of the land of Egypt, and gave unto Moses power that he should heal the nations after they had been bitten by the poisonous serpents, if they would cast their eyes unto the serpent which he did raise up before them, and also gave him power that he should smite the rock and the water should come forth; yea, behold I say unto you, that as these things are true, and as the Lord God liveth, there is none other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ, of which I have spoken, whereby man can be saved.
Hel:8:14: Yea, did he not bear record that the Son of God should come? And as he lifted up the brazen serpent in the wilderness, even so shall he be lifted up who should come.
Hel:8:15: And as many as should look upon that serpent should live, even so as many as should look upon the Son of God with faith, having a contrite spirit, might live, even unto that life which is eternal.
Some might wonder what the brazen serpent was supposed to represent and why the people’s refusal to look upon it constituted reason for death. A few ideas have been published recently as a result of discoveries in Mesopotamian, Egyptian and Mesoamerican archaeology,
At the very dawn of religion in Mesopotamia and Egypt, the serpent was a symbol of the Creator-God-of-Life. The identical significance and meaning were attached to the serpent symbol in ancient Mesoamerica. The body of a living serpent is never straight. It curves and undulates, as do all rivers and streams. The serpent was a logical likeness and symbol of the life-giving waters of a river. The river was the very basis of civilization in both Mesopotamia and Egypt, the very source of life. Water for the rivers came from the sky in the form of rain. When the ancients looked into the mystical heavens-the source of the rain, there they saw at night a great river in the sky-the wonderful and beautiful Milky Way. The Milky Way was observed to curve and undulate across the sky as the Euphrates and the Nile curved through the river valleys. The Milky Way came to represent the source of life, the source of rain, or the Creator-God, and the stars were regarded as the creative water or seed of God. In summary, the thinking of the ancients formed a concept which connected the undulating serpent to the Creator in a series of logical symbolic steps: undulating serpent = curving river = Milky Way = the Creator. In other words: the symbol of water = the source of life = the heavenly symbol of the life-giving waters= the Creator. It is interesting that one of the names for the Messiah in Mesoamerica was Itzamna, which means “the dew from heaven”. One of the symbols of Itzamna was the serpent.
The serpent had been used as a life-creator symbol in Mesompotamia a thousand years before Abraham left his home at Ur. The serpent had been a life-creator symbol in Egypt for two thousand years before Moses lived there. The serpent was one of the earliest symbols of deity used by civilized man, and was part of the sacred symbolism of earliest Israel and the entire Near East. Thus, when Moses raised the brazen serpent on a pole for his people in the wilderness, the symbolism should have been clear. It represented their Creator-Jehovah. Even more significant, however, was the fact that it represented their Savior-Jesus Christ. John confirmed this symbolism:
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:14-15).
It is an interesting fact that a brass or bronze serpent on a pole or beam was maintained as a representation of the Messiah of Israel in the chief temple of Israel from the time of Moses until near the time the temple of Solomon was destroyed in 586 B.C. Farbridge 75; Smith 240). [Note about destruction by Hezekiah for idol worship]
It is also very interesting to note the presence of the serpent motif in Mesoamerica in referring to the Creator-God. It is found in Mexico and Central America as early as 1200 B.C‑600 B.C. at La Venta. The serpent-life symbol runs rampant thorugh classic Maya art and architecture after AD. 300. The serpent symbolism continues right up to the coming of Cortes.