• cross mosaic
  • The Serpent and the Dove

    The Serpent

    “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.”
    (Genesis 3:1a)

    “So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
    (Psalm 90:12)

    The Dove

    ”...The heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him.”
    (Matthew 3:16b)

    “Be angry, and do not sin*”: do not let the sun go down on your wrath,
    (Ephesians 4:26 / *Psalm 4:4)

    This teaching is similar to Jesus’ challenging commandment to be in the world while not of the world.

    Lesser Alternatives

    Belligerent Ignorance
    “Wise as a dove, gentle as a serpent”

    Venomous Correctness
    “Wise as a serpent, gentle as a serpent”

    Irrelevance
    “Wise as a dove, gentle as a dove”

    Great Examples

    Moses, Daniel, Paul — each known for wisdom and gentleness.

    Our Covert War

    “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
    (Ephesians 6:12)

    New King James Version (NKJV)
    Persecutions Are Coming

    16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. 17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. 18 You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19 But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; 20 for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.

    21 “Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 22 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When they persecute you in this city, flee to another. For assuredly, I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

    24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! 26 Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.

    Blog Category: 

    Share this post

    Leave a comment

    Plain text

    • No HTML tags allowed.
    • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
    • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

    About Us

    This blog is written by leaders of SVCC. The people who write here are not perfect or "holier than thou."  They just strive to seek after God with all their hearts.

    We hope that God will speak to you as you read the words He's placed here through the hearts and minds of people who follow after Him.

    Physical Need Richonomics Soil Gentleness Joy Foundation Fire Wealth Faith or Fear Sacrifice Tired Understanding Rest Presence of God Christology Friendship Materialism Parenting through Christ Discipleship Injustice Cost of Discipleship Eye Parables Obedience Lunatic Lies Weary Revelation Light Happiness Healing Holiness Assumptions Neutrality Son of God Social Justice Men Lost Cause Judgement Holy Love denial Jairus Bushel Guests Forgiveness Emptiness True Riches Prayer Confession wholehearted Trek and Journey John the Baptist Part 1 Easter Service Guilty By Reason of Humanity Family of God Wonders Angel God's Timing Grace Witness victor Adultery judging others Moving Mountains Matthew unpardonable sin Lust Gentiles Conflict Violence Palm Sunday Stubborn Habits Morality God the Father Authority Disappointment Topheth Betrayal theodicy Repentance OK Women's Ministry Blog Wise Men Judgment demons Security Nobles Christ Breath Prayer Politics Hell Danger Depression Expectations End Times Predestination Truth Messiah Purity living right Simple Complexity Empty Tomb Heart Armor Apology Worship Liar Traffic Desperado Restoration Advent Fruit fo the Spirit Acceptance Salvation Approval letting go Patient May Persecution Provision Prophecy Treasure Narrow Way Fornication tribulation Christmas Eve Knowing God Cross Trek & Journey Signs Messages Gehenna Sheperds Shame Speaking Education Goodness Honesty Fruit of the Spirit Self Worth Bread Herod Spiritual Support God is in control joyous thoughts Family Tree Daniel Rest in the Lord Spiritual Blindness Compassion Mercy outsiders unforgivable sin God's Word control Money Storms The Dukes of Hazzard Humility Seventy Sevens Faith Murder Nice Basket Reward Bible Study Temptation Santa Exhausted Worry Doubt Miracles Holy Week Apologetics Mary Christmas Dragon Original Sin Dragon aim Father's Business Action Serving God Word of God Savior without Lord Gender Trials Kindness Genealogy Satan Interpretation Outcast Mission Work Spiritual Need Son of Man Alabaster Jar Not a Fan Clothing wisdom Ready Serving trouble Poser Greed Great Commission Law Gossip Racism Damascus Road Fasting Sin Proverbs trajectory Giving Regeneration Walk on Water Purpose Holy Spirit Dependence Sanctification Questions Childlike Angels Inconvenience Christmas Gifts Apocalypse Ancestry Mary Magdalene Love Never Fails Restore unto me the joy Watch Scripture Memory Patience Newbigen Blessings Hypocrisy Second Coming Desire Naughty Retaliation Free Will Judas Spiritual Warfare Backbiting Love Theophany Busy Hebrew Names of God Pornography fear tempest Sexism Poverty Taste and See Applause stress Evangelicalism Spirit Walkers victim Antichrist Daily Bible Reading Lent Atonement Disciple Fails relationship with God Ash Wednesday Evangelism Lord Unclean Ezekiel Verdict Lamp Anxiety Envy exposure Daily Bible Readings Family Perseverance suffering Tithes Free Samples Be Prepared Pooronomics Baptism Vision Jim Eliot