Sunday, July 09, 2006
4. They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.
5. They were not given power to kill them, but only to torture them for five months. And the agony they suffered was like that of the sting of a scorpion when it strikes a man.
6. During those days men will seek death, but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them. (Revelation 9, Verses 3 - 6)
This week's devotion by Mike Davis, First Baptist Church, Conroe talks about scorpions (Link to Weekly Devotion). Do they exist here around Conroe? We've never run across any, I though they were a West Texas varmint [2 : a contemptible person : RASCAL]. Religion+and+Philosophy Scorpions Scorpion Religion
In the Bible, the scorpion's sting is an instrument of divine retribution. When the fifth trumpet of Revelation sounds, locusts with the tails of scorpions come out of the bottomless pit to sting those people who do not have the seal of God upon their foreheads. They are allowed to punish humankind for five terrible months (Rev 9:3-10).
Verses 7 - 10 Continue:
7. The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. 8. Their hair was like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth. 9. They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. 10. They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people for five months.
Here is a scorpion for the kids to color, courtesy of National Geographic Coloring book (link). Go there to get many other pictures. "Not for commercial use." Click picture to enlarge.
Also see Christian Legends & Symbols (here) [BTW, my BDay is October 31, under the sign of Scorpio. I don't believe in that stuff so it doesn't bother me.]
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