Do you like snakes? Are you comfortable around them? I’m not.
- Children like them, like to hold them.
- Some people keep them as “pets.”
- Zoos always have Serpentariums.
- There are TV shows about snakes.
- For some people, they’re just scary.
I’m with some people. Snakes give me the creeps.
I was relocating some slate pavers in my back yard. It was going fine, I had moved a dozen or so, then I lifted the next one; and there was a snake.
It was your average variety grass snake, maybe a foot long. It wasn’t venomous or threatening. It was just there, doing nothing, then it slowly slithered off.
A Bad Rap
Snakes get a bad rap. Some say the only good snake is a dead snake. That seems harsh. The venomous ones are dangerous and the nonvenomous, though not dangerous, aren’t welcome to share our space, at least not mine. Like them or not, they have a place in the world. And they have a presence in Scripture:
- Garden of Eden, the serpent.
- Moses and his staff with Pharaoh’s snakes.
- Israelites in the dessert, bitten by venomous snakes.
- Was prophesied the Messiah would crush the snakes head.
You get the idea.
Jesus knew about snakes:
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? (Matthew 7:9-10)
Jesus knew about bread and fish:
Twice he multiplied them to feed the multitudes. Twice he filled Peter’s nets. The second time was after his resurrection, at the Sea of Galilee. When the disciples went ashore to see Jesus, fish and bread had been prepared for them.
‘If you know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him?” (Matthew 7:11)
Dads don’t give hungry kids rocks or snakes. And neither does God.
Nevertheless, be careful lifting those pavers.