Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | December 13, 2017

Kepler’s Newest Enemy

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Massasauga Rattlesnake

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

One of my responsibilities is keeping Master’s campsite free of marauding chipmunks, chihuahuas, and other vermin. I have also fended off squirrels, possums, and raccoons (that acted like bears).

But this article is about a new adventure defending Master’s campsite from a new enemy.

Kepler’s Newest Enemy

My newest enemies that I protect against are snakes.

I’m especially hostile toward the massasauga rattlesnake which is the only poisonous snake in the state where we camp the most. I feel a strong compunction to keep all snakes well away from Master’s campsite.

But my buddy Henry, a Silky Terrier whom we adopted several years ago, does not feel the same urgency about snakes. We discussed the issue:
Henry: “I don’t know why you are so antsy about rattlesnakes, Kepler.”
Me: “Well, Henry, it’s simple. I dearly love Missus and Master. I would feel just awful if a snake got by me and bit one of them. It’s up to me to keep them safe.”
Henry: “Not to worry. I have not smelled any rattlesnakes anywhere in this campground.”
Me: “Exactly. And do you know why you have not smelled any rattlesnakes anywhere around?”
Henry: “Because there are none here?”
Me: “Yes, and there are none here precisely because I’m doing my job with excellence. I, Kepler, keep the snakes away. It would help if you were a little less lackadaisical about this whole thing, Henry. What if two snakes come and one slips by while I’m busy with the other? Are you ready, Henry, to defend?”

Snakes

Snakes live on every continent except Antarctica. Of 3,000 known species, only 725 are venomous, and only 250 species can kill humans. North America has 120 snake species, 20 of which are venomous.

Despite claims to the contrary, snakes actually do “eat dust” per God’s curse on the serpent for deceiving Eve (Genesis 3:14). Snakes pick up dirt particles with their darting forked tongues. The vomeronasal sensory organ in the roof of the mouth “smells” the dust particles for possible prey. The fork in the tongue provides the snake with a directional sense of smell to follow a trail.

Cambodia has the world’s largest snake harvest because it also has the largest crocodile harvest, and snakes are crocodiles’ favorite food. Snakes are to crocodiles as chickens are to men, except that most men do not eat live chickens in one bite.

Cambodia has 900 crocodile farms, some with 2,000 crocodiles, which are raised for their meat and hides. Sour crocodile soup and croc curry are favorite dishes. Snake hunters annually harvest 4 million snakes from Tonle Sap, southeast Asia’s largest lake. Most of the snakes are sold to crocodile farms at $1 for 50 snakes. Other snakes are sold for their skins to make shoes, wallets, or purses, while some are sold to restaurants for meat.

Snake Worship

Snake idols are ubiquitous throughout Cambodia in streets, homes, and temples.

India, sometimes called the land of snakes, has temples dedicated to cobras — considered to be divine. Snakes figure prominently in Hindu myths, and Hindu gods are frequently depicted adorned with snakes. People worship snakes during the Hindu festival Nag Panchami.

The snake was one of Egypt’s gods, and Pharaoh’s crown sported a cobra. The Cobra was emblematic of royalty for Egyptians. Egyptians worshiped the cobra as the fire-spitting goddess of destruction called Wadjet or Edjo.

In 1909 British researcher Arthur Lillie said that although snake worship was unexplainable, it existed throughout the ancient world.

It makes no sense to me as a dog why someone would worship a snake! It’s just another creature made by the Great Creator, and a pretty lowly one at that. But snake worship has occurred worldwide throughout history.

I asked Master about this puzzle. Why do some people worship snakes? Master said the reasons might include distorted memories from the Garden of Eden, a campaign of deception by the Serpent (Revelation 12:9), and man’s own rebellion against the Great Creator.

Kepler finds ribbon snake

Kepler Finds a Ribbon Snake

I don’t worship or venerate snakes. I chase them away.

In this picture I found a northern ribbon snake. Look for it to the left of the base of the tree. It’s a type of garter snake.

I needed to drive it out of Master’s campsite. And drive it out I did!

I drove the ribbon snake onto the sunny campground road where it could comfortably sun itself just out of reach of my tether. I hoped the wheels of a vehicle would soon turn the ribbon snake into an actual ribbon.

Christmas

After I told Master how I had saved him from the ribbon snake, he surprised me by switching subjects to talk about Christmas. I didn’t mind because Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, and it’s coming up soon:
Master: “Kepler, what is your favorite Christmas animal? Reindeer? Camel? Donkey? Sheep? Cow? Turkey? Goose?”
Me: “Huh? Oh, probably cow, sheep, or turkey. They all taste good. I have never eaten reindeer, camel, goose, or donkey, but I’m ready to try them right now. Here’s my bowl.”
Master: “Kepler, try to guess my favorite Christmas animal. It never appears in manger scenes, but religious sites worldwide feature it. It rarely appears on American dinner tables, but it’s a popular Asian food. This animal lays eggs, but it’s not a chicken or turkey. It figured prominently in the life of Moses, and Jesus pointed to it as a type of Christ (John 3:14). Can you guess what it is, Kepler?”
Me: “Master, I love riddles, but I have absolutely no idea about this one. I know you eat strange things like cranberries and walnuts, so there’s no telling what your favorite Christmas animal is.”

Then Master totally stunned me with his answer.

Master: “Kepler, My Favorite Christmas Animal is the Snake!”
Me: “Master, I’m astonished! Snakes are slippery and wiggly and probably taste awful. What do they have to do with Christmas?”
Master: “Well, Kepler, you’ll be interested to know that snake meat tastes good (a lot like chicken), but its deliciousness is not the reason for my choice of the Snake as my favorite Christmas animal. The reason is that the Snake is the key animal explaining the reason for Christmas.”
Me: “I still don’t get it, Master.”
Master: “What is Christmas? Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God and Savior of the world. Why did the Son of God come to earth? Why did man need a Savior?”
Me: “Because of sin, because Adam sinned?”
Master: “Right, Kepler. But why did Adam sin? The answer involves the Snake. The Serpent deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden, and she ate the fruit the Great Creator had forbidden. She gave some to Adam who also ate. This sin of disobedience to the Great Creator’s explicit command, instigated by the Snake, is the root cause of all the turmoil, trouble, and suffering in the world.”
Me: “Wow! That snake really did a job on Adam and Eve! Anything happen to him?
Master: “Genesis reports that the Lord God reprimanded the Serpent with these words:
Because you have done this,
Cursed are you more than all cattle,
And more than every beast of the field;
On your belly you will go,
And dust you will eat
All the days of your life.
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her seed;
He shall bruise you on the head,
And you shall bruise him on the heel.
(Genesis 3:14-15)”
Me: “Aha! So that’s why it’s a ‘snake in the grass.’ Who is the woman’s seed that will bruise the serpent’s head?”
Master: “That is Jesus of Nazareth. God the Son, the Great Creator, came to earth as Jesus to solve the sin problem by living a sinless life and dying on the cross to atone for His people’s sin. The death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ provides eternal life to all who follow Jesus. This is the Good News of the Bible.”

Finally I understood. Christmas celebrates this historic event when the Great Creator became man — necessitated by the Snake’s deception of Eve in Eden.

That’s why the Snake is Master’s favorite Christmas animal. Makes a whole lot of sense once Master explained it.

What’s Unusual about this Manger Scene?
Why Is This So Important?

Christmas is the time when we celebrate the coming of the One who beat the Snake! I like beating snakes.

Merry Christmas everyone! Jesus beat the Snake!

So that’s how things look from the Dog House!

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. What is your favorite Christmas animal? Why?
2. Why isn’t the Snake more prominent as a Christmas animal?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 27th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-28 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks

Read the sequel:
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday December 13, 2017 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)


Responses

  1. Kepler might know this but I will remind him. Horses and goats are favorites of mine. The horses carry the children that come to visit me and when I am healthy they carry me to various places in the woods and fields. The goats are funny creatures with attitudes that comfort the horses and put smiles on people’s faces . To me that is what Christmas is about, the joy of new life, the spirit being rejuvenated and my faith receiving that “glitter” the star puts on it.
    Thank you Kepler, Henry, and Bill for keeping these thought /faith blogs going.
    Merry Christmas to all the creatures great and small and that includes the people who care for them in all ways.

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    • Thank you, Patti, for these heartfelt, thought-provoking, and meaningful Christmas reflections.

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  2. Dear Kepler,
    Thanks for another well-written, enlightening article. Congratulations for saving your family from the snakes! Good job, buddy!
    And in your photo, you are so good-looking! (Not quite as good-looking as my dog “Roosevelt”. But pretty close.)
    Best Regards,
    “Gwennon”

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    • Thank you, Gwennon. I guess Roosevelt must be a Jack Russell terrier, since he’s so good-looking. Maybe I can meet him someday. Woof! Woof! – Kepler

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      • Kepler, my kind, though misguided, friend, I fear you may be letting yourself be mislead by a bit of racial prejudice: Roosevelt is actually a mixture of German Shepherd, Alaskan husky, and chow, with German Shepherd characteristics predominating. However, since both of you seem to have each deeply imbibed the “world ruler as far as I can see” Kool-Aid, you probably have much more in common than either of you might guess upon your initial meeting. Roosevelt would love to run into you at the dog park some fine day. Just don’t expect him to share his toys.

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