“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword” ((Heb 4:12).
Don’t know if this is something you can authenticate or not, but I do know that it is funnier than just about anything I’ve come across. I’ve used this on many occasions when teaching about the importance of knowing God’s Word well enough to defend yourself against the insidious attacks of that Old Serpent, the Devil.
Enjoy this helpful advice:
The following is from the U.S. Government Peace Corps Manual for its volunteers who work in the Amazon Jungle. It tells what to do in case you are attacked by an anaconda. For the record, the anaconda is the largest snake in the world. It grows to thirty-five feet in length and weighs between three and four hundred pounds at the maximum. (Basically, we’re talking about a telephone pole with a bad attitude!)
This is what the manual said.
- If you are attacked by an anaconda, do not run. The snake is faster than you are.
- Lie flat on the ground. Put your arms tight against your sides, your legs tight against one another.
- Tuck your chin in.
- The snake will come and begin to nudge and climb over your body.
- Do not panic.
- After the snake has examined you, it will begin to swallow you from the feet end – always from the feet end. Permit the snake to swallow your feet and ankles. Do not panic.
- The snake will now begin to suck your legs into its body. You must lie perfectly still. This will take a long time.
- When the snake has reached your knees, slowly, and with as little movement as possible, reach down, take your knife and very gently slide it into the side of the snake’s mouth between the edge of its mouth and your leg. Then suddenly rip upwards, severing the snake’s head.
(The last two suggestions were the ones that got me.)
- Be sure you have your knife.
- Be sure your knife is sharp!
Seriously? Don’t you think that should be number one and two on the list! You don’t want to get halfway into the process of being eaten by a snake only then to discover that you forgot your knife!
Neither do you want to go unarmed into a world crawling with snakes and scorpions and a host of others posionous critters, stalking your every move and seeking to do you harm. “Be sure you have your knife (the two-edged sword of God), and be sure your knife is sharp (ready for whatever comes your way).