The Spider’s Web
“They hatch deadly snakes and weave spiders’ webs. Whoever falls into their webs will die, whoever cracks them will hatch a viper.”
Isaiah 59:5 (NLT)
In my garden, in late summer, the large flowering heads of the Sedum plants are in full bloom. They provide an irresistible feast for the bees but danger is lurking there as well. Black spiders soon arrive to take advantage of the situation. They spin large webs between the Sedum stalks then wait patiently to trap an unsuspecting bee. I try to check the plants each day to see if I can rescue any bees that have been caught in the webs. Those that are still alive I tease off the sticky webs and gently remove the web strands from legs and wings. It’s a difficult, delicate task but such a pleasure if the bee is able to fly again.
The Scripture reference above of ‘weaving spider’s webs’ is an ageless description of people’s actions and attitudes. It’s as familiar to us today as it would have been to those reading it years ago.
We’re never far from sticky webs in daily life. Here are a few examples: Nearly every day someone becomes the victim of a financial scam. People are caught in a cruel web of deceit and often lose life savings. A friend might ask you to lie for them to help them in a difficult situation. It might seem innocent enough but if you agree then you’re caught in the web of dishonesty. In our modern era we now have danger lurking in the World Wide Web. It’s a beneficial tool when used correctly but many innocent victims are being caught in the webs of predators.
Isaiah 59:4 says, “No one cares about being fair and honest.” That’s a strong accusation on society but it’s the result of not following God’s admonition in Leviticus 19:18 to ‘love your neighbour as yourself.’ In Isaiah 58 there are plenty of suggestions as to the actions we can take to love our neighbour and help release them from Society’s spider’s webs. Verses 6-7 say, “Free those who are wrongly imprisoned; lighten the burden of those who work for you. Let the oppressed go free, and remove the chains that bind people. Share your food with the hungry, and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.” Verse 10 continues, “Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble.” And verse 11 shows God’s response, “The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring.”
Attitudes will change from deceit to love and as Verse 14 confirms, “Then the Lord will be your delight.”
Thank you, Father, for warning us about the webs of deceit and lies that can so easily ensnare us and showing us how to counteract the danger.
Study by Diana Hall
Worldwide Church of God Southampton
SOUTHAMPTON SO15 5RL
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