Matthew 10:16

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.

This scripture can seem strange coming from the mouth of the Savior. Should we be like sperpents? Isn’t the serpent a symbol of deceit, of evil, of the devil? Well… not really. The serpent has a dual nature in the scriptures. It is both good and evil; it represents birth and death. The symbol of the serpent has been seared into our minds negatively because of our cultural baggage. Nevertheless in those old days the serpent was more than what we think of today. Just food for your thought.

P.S. have you seen the serpent on the cross on ambulances and in drug stores… has that something to do with its ancient meaning?

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One Response to Matthew 10:16

  1. Wade says:

    Keep in mind that it doesn’t say that we’re to BE serpents but to be AS WISE as serpents. In other words, we’re to be IN the world but not OF the world. We have a tendancy, due to our “rushed” lifestyles, to read things very quickly. We are admonished by Paul to STUDY the scriptures. We need to read & re-read scripture to make sure that we are getting the full understanding of what’s being written and aren’t misinterpreting a passage simply because we missed one or two words in the reading. A good concordance or Interlinear Bible can help us a lot in our understanding of scriptures to make sure that we aren’t adding to or taking away from God’s Word just because we don’t understand some of the wording.

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