Be Wise As Serpents
"Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." (Matthew 10:16)
This verse instructs the apostles to act "wise as serpents." Since Christians hold that the serpent in the Bible represents Satan, one might wonder about this. In Genesis 3:1 the Bible describes the serpent as "more subtil than any beast..." Some early Gnostic heretics believed that Satan and Jesus were the same. They may have used sayings such as this to support their belief.
It seems odd that Jesus would resort to the metaphorical "sheep" instead of sheep-dogs or some other noble animal. The awkward fact remains: people raise sheep to either fleece them or kill them for food. To send them as prey in the midst of marauders hardly seems advisable.
Note also that doves actually act just the opposite of "harmless." Doves sometimes act viciously against other birds.
Asked by Anonymous at 4:14 PM on May. 8, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs
Laughs at this: We are to be wise[as snakes], because we will be watched as the Messiah when they tried to find fault in him and his words. Any excuse you give them will not only get you killed, but discredited, also we are to use every oppertunity to save everyone we can. This requires wisdom because if we do not try to do it the propper time or place we may be in for trouble.
We are to be gentle as doves because if we are harsh and disrespectful, we will ruin those we try to reach by offending them. In other words lose our saltiness.Blessings..
Children of Yahweh are peaceful, calm, and understanding. At least that is the goal, some have not made it there yet, but they will. Also we slip, but we are still in training and human after all. Blessings..
Answer by Daphna28 at 10:46 PM on May. 8, 2010
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Also sheep are Meek animals and peaceful and innocent it does not offend me that I am referred as such blessings..
Answer by Daphna28 at 10:48 PM on May. 8, 2010