I just read about a 73-year-old woman who noticed a snake on the patio of her apartment. Investigating the serpent more closely, she saw the unmistakable hood that let her know that the snake she was dealing with was a deadly cobra. Mindful of the danger that this creature posed to the children in the apartment complex, she got a shovel and killed the snake.
What really intrigued me about this incident was that it did not take place in India. Nor did it happen in Australia. It was in Pennsylvania! That’s not where you would normally expect to find a cobra roaming free!
Officials noted that several poisonous snakes had previously been removed from a nearby apartment. There is speculation that this cobra may have escaped from its negligent owner.
Officials frown upon citizens taking these kind of situations into their own hands. It is much safer to call the proper authorities to come and deal with such dangerous problems. However, the woman is to be commended for acting in such a way as to protect innocent children from harm.
The Bible warns us that Satan is like a dangerous snake. He is found in unexpected places. He threatens people everywhere. The danger that the devil poses to humans is not to be taken lightly. He must be recognized for the harm he can inflict on unsuspecting people. He must be vigorously opposed. We must stop at nothing to battle against the devil and protect the people we love.
In Genesis 3:14-15 we read—“So the Lord God said to the serpent, ‘Because you have done this, ‘Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.’”
This is a prophecy about Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins, he defeated the devil once and for all. Oh, we still have some battles to fight. We need to resist Satan’s attempts to lure us away from God. But the war is over. Jesus wins! Let’s stay on the winning team! In the meantime, watch out for that dangerous snake, the devil!