Boy and the RattleSnake Story – Beware of What you DO Know – RIch and Poor – We have had our Signs
A little boy was walking down a path and he came across a rattlesnake. The rattlesnake was getting old. He asked, “Please little boy, can you take me to the top of the mountain? I hope to see the sunset one last time before I die.” The little boy answered “No Mr. Rattlesnake. If I pick you up, you’ll bite me and I’ll die.” The rattlesnake said, “No, I promise. I won’t bite you. Just please take me up to the mountain.” The little boy thought about it and finally picked up that rattlesnake and took it close to his chest and carried it up to the top of the mountain.
They sat there and watched the sunset together. It was so beautiful. Then after sunset the rattlesnake turned to the little boy and asked, “Can I go home now? I am tired, and I am old.” The little boy picked up the rattlesnake and again took it to his chest and held it tightly and safely. He came all the way down the mountain holding the snake carefully and took it to his home to give him some food and a place to sleep. The next day the rattlesnake turned to the boy and asked, “Please little boy, will you take me back to my home now? It is time for me to leave this world, and I would like to be at my home now.” The little boy felt he had been safe all this time and the snake had kept his word, so he would take it home as asked.
He carefully picked up the snake, took it close to his chest, and carried him back to the woods, to his home to die. Just before he laid the rattlesnake down, the rattlesnake turned and bit him in the chest. The little boy cried out and threw the snake upon the ground. “Mr. Snake, why did you do that? Now I will surely die!” The rattlesnake looked up at him and grinned, “You knew what I was when you picked me up.”
Bitten by friend or foe… It happens…
When you’re growing up – you’ll have your encounters with the snake. Eve certainly did – as did Adam. Religion aside – the single, most deadly sname to man in the Eastern United states? The Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, then the Cotton Mouth / Water Moccasin (I was bitton by a baby one – lethal….) – finally – the Coral Snake – fortunately – natural to the Sandhills regions and cannot really bite you…
The final gist here, however, is that you KNEW not to mess with a snake so dangerous and you allowed yourself to be beguiled into believing things can be different – when you KNEW they could not – but you WANTED to believe – so you took that risk – and you paid for it.
As you children grow up – take to heart your lessons learned – even if you’ve never been bitten. You do not need to be bitten to believe.
At the same time – God does not have to reach down and have a snake bite you for you to believe He exists. He does not have to make a lame person get up and walk in front of you for you to believe. These are called signs, and the New Testiment warned that many would come – supposedly showing signs, while others stated unless I see – I just don’t believe. Shame on you.
In the New Testament – There is the rich man and the beggar Lazarus (Let this be a lesson – there will be no signs, and one has come from the dead – and none would listen or believe):
he Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 19-31):
19“There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. 20At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores 21and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
22“The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. 23In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. 24So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’
25“But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. 26And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’
29“Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’
30“ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’
31“He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”
We have oru signs… We have our Savior. We have grace unspeakable, and blessings beyoung measure – from a Father in heaven that knows all that we need before we even ask – but in Faith – we must ask, believing… Knock, expecting the door to be open, Go seeking – and you will find – the richness of God in all His Glory – in your heart – for ever and always…
Live the life you love, and love the life you live. Let nothing rob you of the peace and knowledge that Christ has risen – he is Lord, and he it is that has proven beyound measure – God’s huge Grace for Mankind – we’re nothing wtihout Him – in Him we can do all things – andc nothing can stand against us – Snake – or not – Praise the Lord.
Thank you for this Evening Cup… God bless you aways….