“Texas Rattlesnake Handler Dies After Bite at Festival” was the headline of the article. I would think that being a rattlesnake handler must require a high insurance premium. How do you practice that occupation? What’s the learning curve? Do friends and family mind staying at your house? It seems that you can lose even after you are at the top of your game. Maybe you lose interest, but the snake never does.
The Scripture has a lot to say about this type of animal:
1 Corinthians 10:9
We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents,
2 Corinthians 11:3
But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
Some prosperity teachers lay claim to being handlers of the serpent. Many have suffered the same fate as the snake handler in my opening narrative. Only One Man has been designed to handle him and that is the Lord Jesus.
And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years,
Don’t mess with the serpent; it doesn’t matter how brave you are.
Give it some thought.