About Hawks and Snakes

Satan is the master of deception and wants you to be his slave. But this slavery is more voluntary than you think. While it might be easier to point the finger at the serpent for his oppressive campaign of damnable lies, we all know how that worked out for Adam and Eve in the garden.

The great fall of mankind began with Satan preying on Eve’s weakness. Though the life-giving words of God were embedded in her mind, it took a backseat to her desire for the forbidden knowledge of good and evil. What started out as a seductive ruse by the Deceiver, ended in a shameful surrender of a good conscience by her own self.

In the end, bondage to deception is slavery to one’s own sin. As long as we remain ignorant of our own personal vices, we make ourselves easy prey to deception.

But if we turn to God, who never lies and holds Satan under restraint, we find freedom over this bondage to Satan and our sin. In Him, we discover the truth about our wretched selves and the only path to eternal liberation through Jesus, who is the new Adam and opposed the foul temptation from Satan in the wilderness.

True freedom from the bondage of deception is only born out of a liberation from slavery to our own iniquities, which can only come through the life-giving truth found in God and His Word.

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

– John 8:31-36

Ignorance is foolishness. Be informed, not indifferent to the wretchedness in yourself and your eyes will be open like a hawk to spot the crafty schemes of snakes.

“The wisdom of the prudent is to discern his way, but the folly of fools is deceiving.”

– Proverbs 14:8