Caught In A Trap
Sunday, September 9, 2007
TEXT: Eccles. 9:12, For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.
Job 18:10, The snare is laid for him in the ground, and a trap for him in the way.
ILLUS: When I was a boy of about 10, like many boys, I was adventurous and curious. One day, I happened upon an old abandoned house. There was a garage on the side of the house, so I decided to see what was in the garage. When I opened the door, there on the floor were about 15 or 20 traps—large ones and smaller ones.
I had never set a trap before, but I had a pretty good idea how one might work. I know, you're already thinking, "That little dummy got his hand caught in a trap." No, thankfully, I didn't. I can only imagine how that might have hurt. I did, however, manage to set one of the traps. Then, I took a stick and touched the center of the trap, causing it to go off. Wow! The power of that thing! As you can imagine, it broke the stick in two...just like it would have my hand or fingers.
I watched a documentary one time on trapping. This shocking program revealed just how serious, how dangerous, and how hurtful traps are to animals. It showed a wolf caught in a trap. He was biting at his leg in an effort to get free...the pain must have been unimaginable. It is my understanding that metal traps have been outlawed in the United States. I, for one, am glad.
INTRODUCTION: In our text this morning, Solomon compares being caught in a net or a trap to the man who is taken by surprise in a time of trouble. Like the fish or the birds, he is snared—trapped, and unable to free himself. For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an e ...
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