The Bronze Serpent
"As Moses Lifted Up the Serpent in the Wilderness"

The bronze serpent story of the Old Testament - this is a different kind of  song!

 It is a very strange subject for a Sunday School song.  What does it mean?

The bronze serpent story of the Bible, partly recounted, in song

Please scroll down the page for the sheet music PDF links.

Though these words, spoken by Jesus, seem very strange at first, the melody to which they are set has an uplifting and hopeful sound.

Jesus is explaining the meaning of that bronze (or brazen) serpent made so long ago by Moses.  Merely to LOOK at it, raised high on a pole so that all could see,
would bring salvation from PHYSICAL death.

In the same way, LOOKING to Christ on the Cross brings salvation from SPIRITUAL death.

For what is "looking"? Merely an act of faith.  No merit attaches to "looking."

Here is a closeup look at this song:

A closeup look at the Bible song

After Jesus spoke these words recorded in John 3, he went on to say to Nicodemus,

"For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not die, but have everlasting life."

Those words are very familiar to Christians, and even some non-Christians.  It is the encapsulation of His mission. (See a new song setting for those words, For God So Loved the World.)

A closeup look at the Bible song

The "boogie"-style chords in this piano accompaniment make this song fun to play - and sing! 

The arrangement below, shown in the key of D, is similar, except that the chords are fast-moving broken chords:

As Moses Lifted Up the Serpent in the Wilderness song, in the key of D for piano

Please scroll down the page for the sheet music PDF links.

A closeup view:

A closeup look at the Bible song

And the bottom of the page:

A closeup look at the Bible song

I will attempt to get a lead sheet up pretty quickly of this melody.





The links for the piano music:


Download the bronze serpent song with blocked left hand chords in F


Download "As Moses lifted up" with block chords in the key of D


Download the song with fast-moving left hand chords in D


Download "As Moses lifted up the serpent" with fast chords in F





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