Wicked and Deadly
AN AMAZING FACT: Cobra venom is not the strongest in the world, but cobras can inject so much venom in a single bite that they can kill an elephant. Moreover, cobras are the only snake in the world that can spit their venom. Still, cobras are not poisonous; they are venomous. That means they have deadly venom, yes, but the rest of the snake is edible to predators if they dare to try!
The King Cobra is not a snake you would want to run into when going for an afternoon stroll. Most cobras are shy and will run when people are around. Not the King Cobra. It is aggressive and will rear up and stand its ground when confronted. There are actually hundreds of different types of cobra snakes. The King is the longest venomous snake in the world and grows to 18 feet long. Some have measured at 20 feet long!
In Psalm 58 David describes the judgment of the wicked. He says, “The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent” (v. 3). It is interesting that the baby cobra has full strength venom and can defend itself just like the parent. Sin is deadly! We should avoid it at all costs.
David continues, “They are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear, which will not heed the voice of charmers, charming ever so skillfully” (vs. 4, 5). A cobra’s best hearing comes not from it ears but through sensations through the ground. Most charmers will remove the fangs and venom sacs from cobras because they are so dangerous.
Living a wicked life makes our words deadly. We become stubborn and will not listen. In the end God will judge the wicked and they will be destroyed. Let us strive to live a pure and righteous life. Let our words bring life, not death.
KEY BIBLE TEXTS
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? Genesis 3:1