FOUR THINGS TOO WONDERFUL(Pt.2)

“”There are three things that are too amazing for me, four that I do not understand: the way of an eagle in the sky, the way of a snake on a rock, the way of a ship on the high seas, and the way of a man with a young woman” (Proverbs 30:18, 19 NIV).

Living part of my childhood to adulthood away from a major city gave me a deep appreciation for nature in all its unspoiled beauty. I’d often go exploring through wooded areas around our farm. As much as I enjoyed the adventures I also had to be on the lookout for any poisonous snakes! If I were near the water, I might come upon a Cottonmouth(Water Moccasin) Snake, a poisonous black snake with a white mouth. I could also detect when a poisonous Copperhead Snake was near because it had a strange smell like a cucumber. And of course, there was the Diamondback Snake which was easy enough to recognize by the diamond shape pattern on its back, by which it derived its name. The sound of its rattling tail gave fair warning when threatened. Snakes and I had one thing in common…There was no “love loss” between us!

One of the mysteries the wisdom writer mentions in Proverbs chapters 31 is “the way of a snake(or serpent) upon a rock”. In the book of Genesis we are introduced to the story of Creation, with God’s thought of beauty, harmony and goodness. We recall that the story is spoiled by these words, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, Has God indeed said, You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1 NKJV)

THE SNAKE IN THE GARDEN

The moment they questioned the truthfulness of God’s word and His good intentions for their lives(See Genesis 3:2-7) the seeds of doubt and deception(in Eve) and rebellion(in Adam) were sown. It all started as they listened to the serpent, who took advantage of their free will to choose. They could listen to the voice of God for guidance, peace and security or partake of “the tree of knowledge of good and evil”. It was when listened to the voice of the Adversary and subsequently, the Accuser that (as someone suggested) “Mr. & Mrs. Adam ate themselves out of house and home”! The serpent was the instigator of their rebellion against the LORD God and their subsequent projecting blame and irresponsibility put them out of the Garden.

CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES

The story of Adam and Eve’s decision is not unique to history. We must realize today that God has made it plain in His Word that choices have consequences. Through the prophet Moses he declared,”This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live”(Deuteronomy 30:19 NIV). Again, through the prophet Isaiah he declared, “If you are willing and obedient,you will eat the good things of the land; but if you resist and rebel,you will be devoured by the sword.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken”(Isaiah 1:19, 20 NIV).

HAVE YOU BEEN SNAKE BIT?

Some have unwittingly by self-deception been “Snake bit”. How can you tell? They manifest the same traits that the Serpent revealed in the Scriptures. His poison runs in their veins, manifest in their behavior: the same pride that leads to rebellion against authority; the same iniquitous pattern of lawlessness; the same projection of personal guilt and blame shifting; the same lies and slander which poisons others with gossip with the intent to isolate and destroy someone’s character. The apostle Paul wrote to the Roman believers, “I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people. Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I rejoice because of you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you” (Romans 16:17-20 NIV).

NO IMPRESSION UPON THE ROCK

The true believer does not entertain the whispers of the Serpent and is therefore safe from his bite. A serpent may leave his trail in the dust but makes will leave no impression upon a rock! So it is true for those who are “in Christ Jesus”. Mankind was made from the “dust of the ground”(Genesis 2:7) and through one man’s sin death was past on to all men. But through faith in the obedience, the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we have been delivered from the “snake bite” of Satan(See Romans 5:12-14). “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” (John 3:14, 15 NIV) Jesus Christ is the Rock of our salvation and when we build our lives on Him we are safe. He assured His disciples that the Enemy was coming but had no place in Him. There was not even a window ledge for him to stand upon in Jesus life! Furthermore, “in Christ” we can overcome all the works of the enemy in our life. Take a hold of God’s promises and you shall overcome every weapon of the enemy forms against you. “You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation” (Psalm 91:13-16 NIV).

 

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