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Surprised by a Snake

I have friends who like snakes and know a lot about them. They see them as amazing creatures with an important role in the food chain of insect and rodent control.

I feel about snakes the way I do about poison ivy. That’s what I  bring to the strange-sounding words of Jesus when he says,

As Moses lifted up the bronze snake on a pole in the wilderness (Numbers 21:9), so the Son of Man must be lifted up (John 12:32-34) so that everyone who believes in him will have eternal life. For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:14-17).

Here, so close to some of the most loved words of the Bible, we get the story of a bronze snake. Cast in the snakebitten fears of a wild wilderness, it’s part of the rich background of Jesus’s acknowledgment that he will soon die by the hands and demands of those who regard him as a creature to be feared, hated, and killed (Genesis 3:15).

Who could have predicted the outcome? Who could have guessed that the deceiver would accept such a role in his own exposure and demise?

Who could have foreseen that the Last Adam would allow himself to be seen as a Snake— to defeat the Father of lies in a way that would show that our eternal Father is infinitely better than hearts like ours, and those we love— need him to be.

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313 Responses to “Surprised by a Snake”

  1. Mart DeHaan says:

    Am copying hear jeff1’s post earlier this morning to the last string

    jeff1 says:
    July 5, 2018 at 3:19 am (Edit)
    I never said that I would give you silver or gold
    Or that you would never feel the fire or shiver in the cold
    But I did say you’d never walk through this world alone
    And I did say, don’t make this world your home

    I never said that fear wouldn’t find you in the night
    Or that loneliness was something you’d never have to fight
    But I did say I’d be right there by your side
    And I did say I’d always help you fight

    ‘Cause you know I made a promise that I intend to keep
    My grace will be sufficient in every time of need
    My love will be the anchor that you can hold onto
    This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you

    I never said that friends wouldn’t turn their backs on you
    Or that the world around you wouldn’t see you as a fool
    But I did say like me, you’d surely be despised
    And I did say my ways confound the wise

    I didn’t say you’d never face the bitter kiss of death
    Or have to walk through chilly Jordan to enter into rest
    But I did say I’d be waiting on the other side (yeah yeah)
    And I did say I’ll dry every tear you cry

    ‘Cause you know I’ve made a promise that I’ve prepared a place
    And some day sooner than you think you’ll see me face to face
    And you’ll sing with the angels and a countless multitude
    This is the promise, this is the promise I’ve made to you

    So just keep on walkin’, don’t turn to the left or right
    And in the midst of darkness, let this be your light
    That hell can’t separate us and you’re gonna make it through
    This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you, oh
    This is the promise, this is the promise I made to you

  • Mart DeHaan says:

    Here’s another from earlier this morning to the last string:

    SFDBWV says:
    July 5, 2018 at 4:37 am (Edit)
    McElmurray’s Mountain Retreat!


    Posted: 04 Jul 2018 08:32 AM PDT

    For anyone wanting to follow this wildfire in S. Colorado, there are some official links. You can go to two sites for County reports: One is on Facebook and one is a web site. Both are slvemergency but the web site has .org.
    The other official site also has two sites, one on Facebook and one a web site. Springfire or Spring Fire with a .gov. When you put the wildfire in your search engine it has multiple sites and some are Spring Creek Wildfire and all other variations.

    I copied this from Bruce’s blog this morning for any interested parties.