Lessons from the Viper – venom/anti-venom

ViperVipers are snakes that inject poison into the body by their bite. They are specifically called out in the Bible.

I vividly remember the time, when my brother, Remo Paul was bitten by a saw-scaled viper. Remo was at a scripture union camp and had ventured a little deeper into the dark to find a solitary place for prayer, when he was bitten. I remember going from pharmacy to pharmacy in search of anti-venom as the hospital was running low, but believe, that it was purely due to God’s miraculous intervention that his life was spared. Another Paul that I know, whose life was spared from a viper’s bite is the Apostle Paul in the Bible. The Bible accounts for God’s miraculous intervention in saving the life of Apostle Paul, when he was bitten by a viper (Acts 28:1-6).  This demonstrates that He (God) that is in us, is greater than he (anyone or anything) that is in the world.

Venom acts by destroying the blood (tissue) or the central nervous system. Anti-venom acts by strengthening the defenses of the body against the effect of venom, nullifying it. In a similar manner, sin (spiritual venom) acts to kill (for the wages of sin is death), but the blood of Jesus (spiritual anti-venom) cleanses us from all the poison of sin, and gives us life; life, not just abundantly but eternal (the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ).

1 Peter 1:18-19 (KJV)
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: