As the weather warms up, so do the reptiles. My father did NOT like snakes. Neither did his father. Neither does my wife. For that matter, most people don’t like snakes. I grew up with the same sentiment but I’ve learned to appreciate them over the years.
The only poisonous snakes we have in North Georgia are pygmy rattlers, timber rattlers, or copperheads. I’ve come close enough to all of them but have never been bitten ………. so far. My wife and I passed a timber rattler on the road in our neighborhood a few years ago. I didn’t want it to get killed, so I pulled over, got out of the car, and tried to coax it out of the road. No matter what I tried, it wouldn’t move. It never coiled up, shook its tail, or struck at me; it was completely docile. I finally had to give up since I was unwilling to risk actually picking it up. My wiser partner would not permit such foolishness – Billy The Exterminator I am not……….
On the other hand, I came across a pygmy rattlesnake once. It was a lot more aggressive. I guess it had to make up for its lack of size with extra spunk, since they only grow to about 20 inches long. The sound of its rattles surprised me; they were so small that it sounded like a flying bug buzzing by.
Genesis 3:14-15 (NASB)
14 The Lord God said to the serpent, …….
15 And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.”
Genesis says that God deliberately put enmity between the serpent and the woman. I’m not going to lie ……… I had to look that word up to make sure I knew its exact meaning:
en·mi·ty – the state or feeling of being actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.
It comes from the Latin word inimicus which means ………… can you guess? …………. enemy.
Besides the obvious definition, Google dictionary defines a snake as a treacherous or deceitful person.
In one regard, our relationship with God is the same as that of humans with snakes. According to Paul in Romans 5:6-11 and Colossians 1, we were all hostile, treacherous, and deceitful enemies of God ……… irreconcilable enemies of God. Yet through his power, mercy, and grace, God has reconciled what was irreconcilable. We have been given a place in his kingdom, not because we deserve it, but because he loves us.
Colossians 1:21-22 (ESV)
21 And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22 he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, ……
Can you imagine having a warm, loving relationship with a snake? Probably not. But in a spiritual sense, you were once a snake, destined to be hated and despised. We all were …….. when we were enemies of God. Now when we come into his house, we are welcomed as sons and daughters, no longer enemies.
Mugs up! Thanks to a forgiving God, we can all experience a loving relationship with each other and with him.