As the leader of the Israelites, Moses said that there is still hope. That hope is through the bronze snake that God told him to make. It is said that whoever looks at it that has faith in God, will live. The Israelites who looked at the bronze snake were healed by God. Those people were very grateful to God.
I have interviewed Aaron, older brother of Moses, and asked him about the people. He said,"Some of the Israelites doubted that the bronze snake was going to heal them. Some of them didn't believe at first but had faith in God and looked at the snake, which healed them." One of the Israelites that I interviewed said,"A bronze snake? How was I suppose to believe that? Since that was the only way that can heal me then, I looked at it with faith and I got healed."