My grandfather told many stories, but my favorite is the one about the snapping turtle. Grandfather was a career farmer who lived in South Georgia. When he wasn’t working the farm he loved to go fishing. Eating what he caught was part of the fun for him, and he never threw anything back into the water. If he caught a little bream the size of two fingers he would put it in his sack, take it home, clean it, fry it and eat it in one bite, bones and all.
One day he caught a great big alligator snapping turtle…you know, the ones with fat heads, powerful jaws, moss growing on the back of their shells, and a mean disposition.Grandfather knew snapping turtle meat is sweet and tender, so he took it home and prepared it on the big wooden table he used for processing hogs and making sausage. He cut off the turtle’s head, broke the shell and scooped out the meat for my grandmother to make into a delicious turtle soup. When he finished he threw the remains out into the yard for his free-ranging chickens to eat.
A few minutes after he went into the house he heard a commotion in the back yard. His rooster was squawking, flapping his wings and flailing around the yard in a panic. He ran outside to see what the matter was and discovered that the not-quite-dead turtle head had fastened its jaws in a death grip on one of the rooster’s toes. He pushed the turtle head’s jaws apart and freed the rooster, whose only injury was to his pride.
This story reminds me of a great spiritual truth. Satan is like that half-dead turtle head. He can catch hold of us, frighten us, cause us pain, and even kill our bodies; but in the final analysis, he can do us no lasting harm. He has been overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
In Revelation 12:10-11 John predicted the ultimate defeat of Satan:
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.” (NASV)
J. Ray Smith, President, Fair Havens Publications
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