Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Devil Is a Tiger and a Snake

Oh, the devil is a tiger and a snake. (Yes, sir!)
A tiger and a snake is he. (Oh, no!)
He'd eat you and you'd end up in the lake (Of fire!)
Yes, the lake of fire is where he'll be. (Don't go!)

So, you don't be paying him no fees. (Not one!)
You don't owe him a single thing. (You're free!)
He'd rob you, stealing everything he sees.(Bar none!)
Resist him and your soul will sing. (Glory!)

Be sober-minded; be watchful.
Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion,
seeking someone to devour.

--1 Peter 5:8 ESV

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.

--Revelation 12:9 ESV

So, how can your soul be free? How can you resist the devil? Only through Jesus and the power of his Holy Spirit. This little sing-song poem speaks of the most serious matter there is: Your eternal destiny. Will you turn from your sin now? Will you turn from the devil and his ways? Will you rush to Jesus? You won't be free until you do. You won't be safe until you do.

Photos ©2011 James L. Swindle.
Poem by JLS is public domain.

I wrote of a tiger instead of a lion, since a tiger is what I'd seen recently.


Jackie Houchin said...

A "rap" sounding poem. Good job, Jim. But... wouldn't a lion have been better (scripturally). However, that tiger in the picture does look mean!

Jim Swindle said...

Jackie Houchin, you're right about the tiger/lion distinction...yet the idea behind the lion and the tiger is the same: extreme danger to us.

dfish said...

I Just started working on a series in Genesis. The description of the serpent tempting Eve is so powerful. Like Eve, so often we don't realize how great the danger is.

Great poem.

~T~ said...

Clever rhyme!

edwin said...

how is it that your words reach me as a christian? the news in the US, the only information i get about muslim and the koran, only talks about extremeism, violence and terrorism. thank you for your insight.

Jim Swindle said...

dfish, yes, we miss the danger.

~T~, thanks.

edwin, thanks for your comment, but it confuses me. In this post I didn't mention Islam. Are you Muslim? Whether or not you are, thanks for visiting my blog. Do come back.

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