Wolves, Snakes, and Doves

In the long run, the sharpest weapon of all is a kind and gentle spirit. ~Anne Frank

Paul may never have met Jesus in person, but he knew Jesus’s mandates and advice. He knew what to do when things got intense.

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves. Be on your guard; you will be handed over to the local councils and be flogged in the synagogues. Matthew 10:16-17 NIV

Paul’s wool was dripping sweat and the wolves were circling. Instead of running straight into their mouths, he swerved, struck, and hid under a rock while the wolves went after each other.

Paul’s own defense is feathered in dove-down. He’s just a Pharisee, from a long line of Pharisees, who believes that there is a resurrection from the dead.

Begin the fight scene.

Paul used what he knew- a disagreement between Pharisees and Sadducees -to get out of the spotlight.

And it worked. The commander of the troops ordered Paul removed from the Sanhedrin’s council.

Have you ever been there?

You try to convince the PTA that new rubber cushions are needed on the playground. It will take extra money that means more fundraising. They don’t buy into it until you remind the Secretary that it was her daughter who sprained a wrist last year falling off the monkey bars.

The assisted living residence your mother is in is taking short-cuts and saving costs by reducing the night shift. While visiting with the administrator you mention your new car, which the dealer had to cover because they didn’t hire topnotch mechanics.

Church leaders buy into the idea that staff must be dark-haired and smooth-skinned to grow the church. At a small group dinner you recall a Kindergarten student who ate the same Spaghetti-O’s lunch the entire year. Her mother gave into her whims even though she knew it wasn’t a healthy meal.

Like Jesus and Paul, you may find yourself facing wolves, but you have a snake’s instinct and access to the gentle Spirit.

Keep your wool about you.

By forbearance a ruler may be persuaded, And a soft tongue breaks the bone. Proverbs 25:15 NASB

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