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The Fragile Rattlesnake

on August 21, 2013

John 3:14  “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up…”

The rattlesnake is a dangerous creature, but surprisingly vulnerable.  Believe it or not, rodents, rather than being easy victims of the rattlesnake, are one of the rattlesnake’s greatest enemies.  Ground squirrels will sometimes attack rattlers, lunging at and biting them.  Ground squirrels can inflict wounds that become infected and cause the snakes death.  They often get away with this because their reflexes are so much faster than the snake’s.

Those who handle rattlesnakes must be careful of their bite.  But they must be equally careful about how they pick the snake up, because its neck is easily broken.  If a rattler is trapped for only 20 minutes in the noonday sun, it can go into convulsions.  And if it is placed on ground with too steep an incline, its heart, unable to pump uphill, may fail.  In fact, simply handling a rattler may cause it to starve itself to death.

Scripture refers to the devil as the “serpent” many times.  However, just as the rattlesnake is truly deadly but also vulnerable, so, too, is the devil — truly deadly but vulnerable.  All who believe in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior from sin, death and the devil have that victory through Christ, even though the devil would like us to forget that he is a beaten foe.

**While I know in this life I will still have to contend with the devil, may the Lord always keep me mindful of how HE has beaten him for me!

2 responses to “The Fragile Rattlesnake

  1. Jacky Manchester says:

    Such interesting facts, and as applied to the devil, that old serpent, very encouraging.

  2. Karin Benson says:

    John 6-63. Jesus says It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing : the words that I speak unto you they are spirit and they are Life.
    Praying always with all prayer supplication in the spirit.

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