Snakes & Swords

 


Some people read the newspaper over their breakfast. Me, I catch the news on my cell phone while eating supper. Tonight I couldn’t believe the description I read followed by the actual news headline.

Here is the image of what I saw:


Basically, the story goes like this, woman working outside sees snake, pours gas on snake, lights snake on fire, snake slithers into brush, brush ignites, brush fire spreads to house.

You can’t make this stuff up, people. Here’s the link to the story from the image. And a link to a news report from Texas.

I don’t like snakes.

At all.

However, when I read this description and then the headline on facebook, I was very outraged on behalf of the poor snake that lost it’s life in that tragic fire. How unfortunate that the snake took the blame for burning down the home!

And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life. And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:13-15


First things first. I am scriptural in my strong dislike of snakes. In verse 15 God ordains enmity (dislike) between snakes and women!

Most of us are familiar with the fall of Eve. Satan (the snake) tempts her. She falls for it. She convinces Adam to go along with it. God disciplines their disobedience.

When God first asks Eve why she sinned, she tries to place the blame on the snake. Instead of accepting responsibility for her sin, she plays the blame game. It’s not my fault. The devil made me do it!

Does this philosophy sound familiar?

God has seen everything that has taken place, however, and He starts with the snake. Discipline comes in the form of crawling in the dirt, conflict with women, and Jesus would crush his head with His heel.

To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.” Genesis 3:16


You will have pain in childbirth. You will want your husband and you will want to be in charge. But I have said he will rule over you because of your failure to obey. If you want to be in My will, you will allow him to rule over you.

Eve did not get away with blaming the snake. Eve was responsible for her decision to listen to the lies he was spinning her. She chose to listen to Satan over God her creator.

This headline today reminded me of Eve.

This snake followed the nature of a snake. Then when it was set on fire and attempted to crawl to a hiding place it is being blamed for burning down a home.

Ok, the snake did not pour gasoline on itself. Didn’t light itself on fire. And didn’t intentionally set anything, brush nor home, on fire. So why, pray tell, are we blaming the snake for being a snake?

How many times do we try to push all the blame for our decisions, our failures, our sin on Satan? The truth is that we are responsible for our actions and reactions.

We can’t go around blaming a snake for being a snake.

On the other side of the coin, I want to send a big congratulations shout out to a young girl standing up and fighting for what she believes in. I came across this article today on CNN.com and was very encouraged to find a young lady refusing to back down.

Caroline Pla, the world needs young women like you! I hope you keep that positive attitude and spirit for the rest of your life!

We need to be raising up a generation of youth who aren’t afraid to politely stand up for what they believe in. Youth who won’t back down even when it looks like they’re fighting a losing battle.

Yes, sometimes we pick our battles, but other times our battles pick us. We need to be willing to take up the full armor of God and RUN into the battle not away from it!

Stop blaming the snake and pick up a sword, sisters and brothers. Pick up a sword.

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4 comments

  • Hi, thanks for reminding me we have to stand up for what we believe in and fight with God’s help. More importantly though sometimes He fights for us.

  • I really enjoyed this post! Clever with great application…

  • I really dislike snakes but I sincerely feel sorry for this one. Why would you poor gas on something with the ability to move quickly, and set it on fire. Your fault not the poor snakes.

  • You make the most wonderful applications, Carrie Ann! Thank you so much for sharing. It’s a matter dear to my heart to try to not blame others for my blunders.

    Thanks for linking up!