Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
Since our move to the Negev Desert in Israel, we've had the privilege of meeting many fascinating and somewhat disturbing desert species, some of which have unfortunately had to meet the exterminator. One of these is the scorpion. Scorpions are commonplace here. They can often even be found in the house and they aren't easy to kill. These little creatures have a knack for survival. I just recently read that scorpions have survived nuclear weapon testing! But more interesting is their method of devouring prey.
Scorpions use their fast acting venom to kill or paralyze their prey so that it can be rendered useless and eventually eaten. However, since they can only can only digest food in a liquid form, scorpions use external digestion, that is they spit digestive fluids onto the remains of their prey, which causes the their flesh to turn to liquid so they are able to suck up the resulting soup. It sounds repulsive, I know. And you're thinking "these things can be found in the house?!" But I couldn't help but see an analogy here.
I think all of us have some scorpions in our house! This precisely how our enemy likes to operate. Satan and his demons come out of the cracks in our walls and lure us with subtle temptations which eventually establish a foothold. Then they go for the kill. They inject us with their fast acting venom to paralyze us. Then they secrete the poison of sin and self justification and turn us to mush until they can finally suck all the life out of us.
I think we need to call upon the Exterminator today! Let's ask him to eradicate every crevice of our being, every area we've allowed these scary creatures to come in and gain control! There is hope! And there's so much work to be done!!
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