Fables Rewritten :: The Bat and the Weasels

A Bat fell to the ground and was caught by a Weasel, and was just going to be killed and eaten when it begged to be let go. The Weasel said he couldn’t do that because he was an enemy of all birds on principle. “Oh, but,” said the Bat, “I’m not a bird at all: I’m a mammal (Look at me, I look like a mouse)” “So you are,” said the Weasel, “now that I look at you”; and he let it go. LOOK AND SEE WHICH WAY THE WIND BLOWS BEFORE YOU COMMIT YOURSELF (Reference: Adapted from Aesop’s Fables)

Just as the Bat was, we as Christians ought to be truthful and adaptable. The Apostle Paul states he became all things to all people, for the sake of the gospel (1 Corinthians 9:18-23), so that by all means, he might save some. For example, though Paul (i.e., Saul of Tarsus) was a Jew, he used his Roman citizenship to his advantage in his defense of the gospel (Acts 16:37, Acts 22:25-29, Acts 25:16). Even with his companions, Paul expressed the need to adapt. He circumcised Timothy (whose mother was a Jew and whose father was a Greek) for the sake of the Jews so that Timothy may join him in his mission (Acts 16:3), but since Titus was a Greek and not a Jew, Paul did not compel him to be circumcised (Galatians 2:3). For the promotion of the gospel of Jesus Christ, in like manner, we must use our situations, conditions, and background and adapt accordingly.

1 Corinthians 9:18-23 (KJV)
18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

Fables Rewritten :: The Charcoal-burner and the Fuller

There was once a Charcoal-burner who lived and worked by himself. A Fuller, however, happened to come and settle in the same neighbourhood; and the Charcoal-burner, having made his acquaintance and finding he was an agreeable sort of fellow, asked him if he would come and share his house. “We shall get to know one another better that way,” he said, “and, beside, our household expenses will be diminished.” The Fuller thanked him, but replied, “I couldn’t think of it, sir: why, everything I take such pains to whiten would be blackened in no time by your charcoal.” (Reference: Aesop’s Fables)

The Bible informs us that light can have no communion with darkness (2 Corinthians 6:14). In other words, holiness can have no communion with sin or that Christ Jesus can have no concord with the devil. We cannot be unequally yoked in our lives. Let us learn to recognize that as the sanctified blood-bought saints of God, we can have nothing to do with evil (sin), for in doing so, we darken our washed lives and place ourselves into the judgment of God, for there remains no more sacrifice for our sins, if we continue to willfully sin, after having received the knowledge of Salvation, found in Christ Jesus alone.(Hebrews 10:26)

Ephesians 5:7-11 (KJV)
Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

2 Corinthians 6:14-17 (KJV)
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

Fables Rewritten :: The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

A Wolf found great difficulty in getting at the sheep owing to the vigilance of the shepherd and his dogs. But one day it found the skin of a sheep that had been flayed and thrown aside, so it put it on over its own pelt and strolled down among the sheep. The Lamb that belonged to the sheep, whose skin the Wolf was wearing, began to follow the Wolf in the Sheep’s clothing; so, leading the Lamb a little apart, he soon made a meal off her, and for some time he succeeded in deceiving the sheep, and enjoying hearty meals. “APPEARANCES ARE DECEPTIVE” (Reference: Aesop’s Fables).

The Bible counsels us to be aware and beware of false prophets in our midst. Jesus called these false prophets, ravening wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15). Unfortunately, many a times, many of us get carried away by the gifts that people have, instead of recognizing them for their fruits (Matthew 7:16). Those who are filled with the Holy Spirit of God, will have the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance evident and expressed in and through their life (Galatians 5:22) and we are to try each spirit to see if it is from God and believe not every spirit, because many false prophets have come into this world (1 John 4:1). And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is God who had come in the flesh is the spirit of the antichrist and that includes any people/groups that may seem like they are Christian (e.g., Jehovah’s witness), but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Appearances that claimed not Jesus is the Christ is deceptive.

Matthew 7:15-17 (KJV)
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

1 John 4:1-3 (KJV)
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

Fables Rewritten :: The Dog and the Shadow

IT happened that a Dog had got a piece of meat and was carrying it home in his mouth to eat it in peace. Now on his way home he had to cross a plank lying across a running brook. As he crossed, he looked down and saw his own shadow reflected in the water beneath. Thinking it was another dog with another piece of meat, he made up his mind to have that also. So he made a snap at the shadow in the water, but as he opened his mouth the piece of meat fell out, dropped into the water and was never seen more. “BEWARE LEST YOU LOSE THE SUBSTANCE BY GRASPING AT THE SHADOW.” (Reference: Aesop’s Fables)

The Bible counsels us to be aware (take heed) and beware of greed (or covetousness) (Luke 12:15) and instructs us to be content in whatever state we are (Philippians 4:11). Unfortunately, the norm with the world is to seek out for more than what one needs and the creed for greed is the four letter word — more. Lucifer was puffed up with pride and coveted to be above God. Even though God had created him to be perfect in beauty and full of wisdom (Ezekiel 28:12), he wanted more and tried to grasp God’s position, thereby losing the position that he possessed. Let us learn to be content with ourselves as God has made us and with what God has given us, lest we grasp after the ephemeral shadows of this world and lose our substance.

Luke 12:15 (KJV)
15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. 

Philippians 4:11-13 (KJV)
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 

Fables Rewritten :: The Lion and the Mouse

ONCE when a Lion was asleep a little Mouse began running up and down upon him; this soon wakened the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him. “Pardon, O King,” cried the little Mouse: “forgive me this time, I shall never forget it: who knows but what I may be able to do you a turn some of these days?” The Lion was so tickled at the idea of the Mouse being able to help him, that he lifted up his paw and let him go. Some time after the Lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters, who desired to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a wagon to carry him on. Just then the little Mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad plight in which the Lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that bound the King of the Beasts. “Was I not right?” said the little Mouse. “LITTLE FRIENDS MAY PROVE GREAT FRIENDS.” (Reference: Aesop’s Fables)

The Bible tells us not to think less of anyone, but in humility, esteem others to be better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3). We need to do unto others as we would expect them to do to us (Luke 6:31). We will reap what we sow for God is just, not to be mocked (Galatians 6:7).

Philippians 2:3 (KJV)
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Luke 6:31 (KJV)
31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

Fables Rewritten :: The Bundle of Sticks

AN OLD man on the point of death summoned his sons around him to give them some parting advice. He ordered his servants to bring in a bundle of sticks, and said to his eldest son: “Break it.” The son strained and strained, but with all his efforts was unable to break the bundle. The other sons also tried, but none of them was successful. “Untie the bundle,” said the father, “and each of you take a stick.” When they had done so, he called out to them: “Now, break,” and each stick was easily broken. “You see my meaning,” said their father – UNION Gives STRENGTH. (Reference: Aesop’s Fables)

The Bible counsels us to be of one accord with other believers (Philippians 2:2) and Jesus prays for the unity amongst his disciples (John 17:20-23). In fact Jesus prays that the believer not only be one with each other but also with one with God (John 17:21). Unless we abide in Jesus Christ, we can bear no fruit (John 15:4). The old Irish saying, “Ni ceart go cur le cheile” means that there is no strength without unity and without Jesus Christ we are weak, we can do nothing (John 15:5). Union with Jesus Christ gives strength and nothing or no one can break us.

John 17: 20-23 (KJV)
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

John 15: 1-5 (KJV)
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.