Saturday, July 4, 2015

"Blank the alligators" he said, and was immediately killed

This came across Jake Tapper's twitter stream. Tapper is a correspondent for CNN. I thought it had an interesting spiritual application.

Man mocks alligators, jumps in water and is killed in Texas
A man who apparently mocked alligators, then jumped in the water -- despite warning signs -- is dead after being attacked in Texas. Orange County Justice of the Peace Rodney Price told CNN affiliate KFDM that Woodward ignored verbal warnings and a posted "No Swimming Alligators" sign and seemed to mock the deadly creatures before going in the water. "He made preparations before going in. He removed his shirt, and removed out his billfold..."...someone shouted a warning and he said 'blank the alligators' and jumped into the water and almost immediately yelled for help," Price said..... "It's heartbreaking. It hurts, a lot," the witness said.
The man was 28 years old. He had recently moved to Texas from St. Louis.
Screen shot from the news article and video

Spiritual application:

There were plenty of signs posted about what not to do, which were visible and evident. One was posted under a spotlight. Also, there were witnesses pleading with to change from his intended path due to obvious and imminent danger. He ignored them all.

His decision to persist was not impulse. He did so deliberately. He chose to rebel, taking calculated steps to complete his decision.

He mocked the giant animal, shaking his fist at it and ignoring the fact that it could crush him in an instant.

Moments later, he was dead.

It IS heartbreaking and it DOES hurt a lot when we see loved ones persist on their path of destruction.

If the rebellion and hubris of man is so persistent with visible warnings and earnest pleas from witnesses who know the territory and behavior of alligators, what kind of persistent rebellion is in a man who ignores the pleas of Gospel witnesses who know the territory and behavior of God? If a man will mock a dangerous creature in front of him, he will mock a powerful God above him.

Man's sin goes deep.

And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. (Revelation 16:11, KJV)








3 comments :

  1. Excellent post on a very heart-wrenching and tragic event. This reminds me of a famous quote from Winston Churchill: “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last”. It came to mind when I saw appeaser Joyce Meyer’s new message named after another famous quote from Mr. Churchill - “Never Give Up!” Churchill was a man who knew battle and also knew what an enemy looks like, something Mrs. Meyer doesn’t.

    One reader’s comment on Meyer’s anemic message was telling: “I do not know about you folks out there, but after what has happened to our rights of religious freedom in this nation, the transfer of thousands of years of agreed upon morality and virtue to the sodomites by our SC last week, and the ongoing Christian religiocide in the world by the demons of Satan.......the normally merely soporific content of these columns rubs me even more negatively now than before.”

    Are some of the sheep waking up now that there is a real battle brewing? Too many have fed upon false teaching appeasers like Meyer, Beth Moore, Joseph Prince, and Joel Osteen and yet these very rich preachers have continued on as if nothing out of the ordinary has happened while true teachers and preachers of the Word have delivered encouraging messages to the flock reminding them of Who God is: The ‘I AM’. Faithful men teachers have stood their ground and are now bracing for the battle so that their flock is warned and don’t end up like this poor young man who deliberately jumped into the jaws of a crocodile. Faithful men of God know the devil is prowling like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour and they know weak, appeasing messages are crocodile bait.

    Checked out Mrs. Moore’s blog; notta word about SCOTUS and the same-sex “marriage” thingy.

    Just the sound of crickets chirping

    or perhaps that was the sound of crocodile’s mouths clamping on yet another victim of false teachers who still refuse to warn the flock when Christ explicitly commanded ‘feed my sheep’. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God but it must be preached in order to reach the lost.

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    1. There were many "churches" and "false belief systems" that are easy to spot.

      Here is the most egregious AND the easiest to ID.

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      If you ever had any doubt as to how easily deceived and depraved we are as lost sinners just ask yourself how it is possible for anybody to believe the above when it is in such obvious conflict with Scripture. And the example shown is just the tip of the iceberg yet our Roman Catholic friends will defend these and other heresies to the death. Unfortunately it will be to their own death spiritually from which there is no recovery after they take their last earthly breath!

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    2. It's a question of revelation
      (Eph 1:17).

      Folk cannot see bc the Lord
      has not given them eyes to see.

      Think TULIP as in Calvinism.

      We all in prison,
      chicky baby.

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