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The Snake Bite (7/13)

13 Jul

The Snake Bite…

Grandfather and I were hiking one our favorite trails in the canyon when we came upon a rattlesnake. Grandfather swiftly cleared it from the trail, then started talking about the rattlesnake.

Rattlesnakes are one of the deadliest snakes in the world, he said, one bit a sheep in the face, the sheep’s face swelled up and she was in pain, but the blood that flows through the sheep is anti-venom blood, used in aquiring protection.

The sheep’s face swelled and the bite was painful, but the blood of the lamb destroyed the venom of the serpent. She kept eating, drinking, and living, because she was covered.

Often the serpents of this life will reach out and work into us but they cannot overcome the Blood of the Lamb of God that washes away the sin of the world and the sting of death. Don’t worry about the serpent or his bite, just make sure the Lamb’s Blood is flowing through your veins.

As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:14-16

While the serpent is not expressly linked with Satan in the Genesis story, a number of New Testament authors both directly and indirectly state that it was Satan who seduced Adam and Eve into sin. The serpent became the emblem of the spirit of evil throughout the East as a result of the tradition of the fall of mankind, and so the wicked and enemies in general are often likened to venomous serpents.

When we became God’s children, He told us that Satan would constantly tempt us and that we should tell him to get behind us and leave us be. Our job, as Christians is to shine our light and share His word and blessings. Yes, that can be hard, especially in today’s world, but He is always with us and will protect us from evil if we stay on His path.

I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Matthew 10:16

Many times I hear people ask why me, when they should be praising His name for all the blessing He has given them. We need to remember that as long as we have the Lambs Blood flowing through us, we don’t have to worry about the serpent or his bite.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love always,

Ed

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