That was the title of my last sermon, lifted from Luke 10:19. Top ten highlights:
1. Snakes represent evil and deception in the Bible, from the Garden of Eden in Genesis to the visions of war in Revelation.
2. The word serpent is from a Latin verb that means “slither, creep, approach imperceptibly.”
3. Even if you’ve never been bitten in the leg by a real snake, you’ve probably been stabbed in the back by someone or something that was not what it appeared to be.
4. Snakes can’t be reasoned or negotiated with; they don’t have ears.
5. Snakes can’t be easily run away from. In the time it takes you to blink, a snake can strike out, bite you, and recoil back to it’s original position.
6. Snakes always consume their prey head first. They know once they have the head, the rest of the body follows without difficulty.
7. Like Samuel L. Jackson in Snakes on a Plane, a dynamic plan of action will come to you once you really decide “Enough is enough!”
8. Jesus was certainly against cruelty to animals, yet he gave his disciples authority to trample snakes. He was talking about the metaphorical snakes we face, not necessarily reptiles.
9. The best way to kill a snake is to step on it without hesitation.
10. Snakes don’t blink. They never take their eyes off of what they want until they get it, and neither should we.