Have you ever noticed how the dollar sign resembles a serpent on a pole?
I don’t believe this is an accident.
Some people believe it comes from the sign of Hermes, the Greek god of commerce but we know that counterfeiting the true is a ploy of the evil one.
The serpent on a pole is biblical:
Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. And the people spoke against God and against Moses: “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread.” So the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, “We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord that He take away the serpents from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.” So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived. NUMBERS 31:4-9 NKJV
This serpent – or nehushtan was a type of Christ, signifying the Saviour’s death on the cross, where He became sin for us and took our sicknesses and diseases upon Him. It is used as a symbol of the medical profession to this day. Those Israelites who were bitten by the fiery serpents were healed by only a look at Moses’ bronze (some translations say brass) serpent. There is life for a look at the crucified One, as the old song says.
Seeing your sin upon Jesus brings you salvation. Seeing your sickness upon Him is health and healing to you. He bore both sin and sickness in our stead. It is important to note that Jesus became sin on the cross. He took upon Him our Adamic, serpent nature.
So what does this have to do with the dollar sign?
Everything is the answer.
You see, it is God’s will that we be delivered from evil. Jesus actually instructed us to pray this in Matthew chapter 6. We are to pray “Deliver us from evil.”
As Bill Johnson often points out, the Greek word for “evil” here is poneros. It came from the word ponos, which means “pain.” And that word came from the root word penes, which means “poor.” This is what Jesus came to destroy: evil-sin, pain-sickness and poor-poverty.
The root of all evil is lack. This produces poverty spiritually – sin is to fall short of God’s glory. Poverty in the body is lack of good health. And poverty in your finances is to lack what you need to live a satisfying life.
The dollar sign reminds us of God’s remedy for man’s lack in every realm i.e. the crucified Christ. Jesus bore all OUR evil in Himself on the cross. The dollar sign is thus a symbol of our redemption. Jesus paid the ransom price to set us free. He who knew no sin and in whom was no evil or death became the sinful, sick and broke US on the cross, in exchange for HIS righteousness, His life and His riches in glory.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might be rich. 2 CORINTHIANS 8:9 KJVER
Remember that the Romans viewed crucifixion as much more than a form of capital punishment. To the Romans, crucifixion was a statement of Rome’s power and its right to utterly impoverish all who opposed this power. Crucifixion was, to the Romans, the ultimate form of bankruptcy and was implemented as a very public lesson to any with seditious thoughts.
Crucified victims were stripped naked to ram home the message that Roman rule meant you were owned by the empire.
Jesus bore excruciating poverty on every level in order that we could walk in infinite, superabundant supply.
When you look at the dollar sign, do not think of mere money. Think of the destitution that was in your old self and how that destitute old self was nailed to the tree in Christ. Christ bore your Adamic nature and took your poverty in every area upon Him.
He was the serpent on the pole, bearing all your evil.
It is LIFE, PEACE and JOY to gaze upon Him crucified.
And now you can walk in plenty, knowing no lack or fear thereof.
You are the redeemed, the rich and the righteous!
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law by being made a curse for us—as it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” — so that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. GALATIANS 3:13,14 MEV
See your poverty upon Jesus as He hung on the cross. Now, see yourself as walking in His riches in glory. These riches belong to you.