By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel
Snake in the grass is a deceitful or treacherous person. We are seeing more of this trend rather than integrity that was once bountiful. The immorality of man is prevailing along with the desire for power and control towards advancing such an agenda.
The prophet Isaiah warned of a culture that ushers ungodly lifestyles into acceptance: Woe to them that call evil good, and good evil; put darkness for light, and light for darkness; put bitter for sweet, and bitter for sweet. Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight (Isaiah 5:20-23).
Such had not gone unnoticed by God; as identified in the next verse: Therefore as the fire devours the stubble, and the flames consume the chaff so their root shall be as rottenness, because they have cast away the law of the Lord; and despised the word of the Holy One (Isaiah 5:24). (Comment)
There is a laxity of identifying the truth in a culture that is abundantly supplied with many snake in the grass types; who are out for their own gain. Scripture tells the characteristics of such:
They are presumptuous and self-willed. They speak evil of the things they understand not. They entice unstable souls. They speak words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh. While they promise liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption (2 Peter 2:10-19).
Examples given In the snake in the grass definition: Benedict Arnold and Judas, Jesus' disciple; both having betrayed the trust given, suffering in the end for their deceitful ways.
Unfortunately, many fall into the same category today, who abuse the position they have been placed in, with failure to uphold the integrity of their office. There is a war of words; to deceive one into acceptance of ungodly ways, that would not benefit mankind, rather bring reproach and possible judgment from on high.
The serpent was more cunning than any beast in the field which the Lord God had made (Genesis 3:1). At this point the serpent had not yet come to the status of being a snake in the grass; until using his cunning or crafty manner.
The serpent was used by Satan (Revelation 12:9) to cast doubt upon God's Word; to bring Eve to acceptance of partaking of the forbidden fruit. After the evil deed was accomplished, Scripture reveals that the Lord God said to the serpent: Because you have done this you are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon your belly shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life (Genesis 3:14).
The serpent's mobilization was changed; figuratively speaking, he was to eat dust which conveys the ideal of being cursed. He became a literal serpent in the grass; still having an appetite for victims of a different sort. The human "snake in the grass" type today seeks after those who would attempt to offset their intended agenda.
Because of His displeasure with a rebellious people; God sent fiery serpents among the people and much people of Israel died. Then the people came to Moses, and said: We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against you; pray to the Lord that he take away the serpents from us (Numbers 21:5-7).
On this occasion God used serpents to draw the people to repentance. They had become discontent with God's provision for them, and even detested it, rebelling against God, and Moses, because of want for the things of Egypt which God had brought them out of.
The immorality of our day is shocking; or should be, which is being encouraged by the ungodly who whitewash sinful nature by less condemning titles. Just as judgment came upon those of Moses' day, because of their refusal of God's provision, there are many today who are headed for the judgmental stroke of God because of allowing ungodliness to rule the land.
God answered Moses prayer, on behalf of the people, saying: Make a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole, and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looks upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass he lived (Numbers 21:8-9).
God made a provision for the people in Moses day. He likewise has made a provision for us of today through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to cleanse us of all sin (1 John 1:7), which originated in the Garden of Eden, through disobedience and consumption of the forbidden fruit.
Scripture reveals that God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16). Just as with the serpent of brass, in Moses day, one has to believe in God's provision that one may live (John 3:18-19). He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God remains on him (John 3:36).
Scripture expounds on the snake in the grass concept: The wicked are alienated from the womb: they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; they are like the deaf cobra that stops her ears (Psalm 58:3-4).
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent; poison is under the lips (Psalm 140:3). Then the fallacy of falling under the wrong influence: At the last it bites like a serpent, and stings like a viper (Proverbs 23:32).
Scripture tells of a man who fled from a lion, a bear, then went into his house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bite him (Amos 5:19). The two larger animals were deemed a bigger threat but it was the smaller, unseen, which done him in. There are snake in the grass individuals; that may seem less threatening; but in reality they are one's greatest enemy.
Scripture reveals that the apostle Paul survived a storm, a shipwreck, then while placing a bundle of sticks on the fire, there came a viper (a deadly snake) out of the heat, and fastened on his hand. He shook off the viper into the fire and suffered no harm (Acts 28:3-5). Such is a good illustration as to one's reaction towards adversity that comes into their life.
Scripture reveals power given to a believer through Christ: I give to you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19).
God has equipped every believer to withstand the snake in the grass types who would attempt to lead one into their evil ways. He has given of His Son, His Spirit, and His Word to withstand in the evil day (Ephesians 6:13).
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