“You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.”
Lions and Dragons and Snakes, Oh My!
My friend dreamt she was climbing a path toward heaven. The passageway, though neither perfect nor straight and at an incline that took some effort, was clearly seen and easily scaled. It was lit by a narrow band of light shed only on the path, and she sensed the presence of angels.
The landscape on either side, however, remained dark, dense, and, she felt, throbbing with evil. (Perhaps the smell of sulfur wafting near?)
We discussed this with regard to the “light” of God’s Word: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105, KJV).
I think of the dream and the scripture now with regard to the nature of “what waits without” anticipating our spiritual misstep, coiled to strike.
Throughout the scriptures, the creatures in today’s passage (which, defined, include also a kind of serpent-like dragon) symbolize danger, cunning, threats to life, and satanic temptation .
And though ugly in the realm of the spirit, demons can also appear in the flesh as “angels of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Perhaps these are the most dangerous of all.
Not hard to figure out what can happen when we stray off the path of God’s Word, here!
Yet, when sight dims or fails or some bright and shiny “new” teaching or doctrine tricks the eye off the path, the Body of Christ has this encouragement:
“’The God of peace shall tread Satan under your feet’ (Rom.16:20). Christ has broken the serpent’s head, spoiled our spiritual enemies (Col. 2:15), and through him we are more than conquerors; for Christ calls us, as Joshua called the captains of Israel, to come and set our feet on the necks of vanquished enemies” .
(However clever their disguise.)
Not only are angels present to minister to us (Psalm 91:11), to help bring us back, Jesus the Word Made Flesh is as well, the path paved with His blood, the light provided by His power.
Share a story of your own triumph over our “spiritual enemy,” how God saved or restored you.
 Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Commentary. Zondervan. 678.
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