“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”
Matthew 7:15, NIV
I use my channel changer and I flip through the enormous darkness that exists in the world. Jesus clearly warns His flock of the cold, hard realities of deception and deceitfulness that we will be dealing with. Trickery abounds and things simply are not what they seem to be. Darkness has a brutal grasp on so many.
There should be an alertness for the inevitable. Sometimes, sheep will not really be sheep. This is astonishing. Our senses are not always adequate or capable to identify counterfeit Christians. We get confused by the outside (it looks like wool to me). But it is a lie. The wolf has deliberately taken on the dress of the believer. He has a real, definite sinister agenda. (Can you say, “lamp chops“?)
Jesus alerts us to what is really taking place. He wants us to discern. He wants us to become adroit observers. Every believer needs a holy skepticism of outward displays of faith. This is not cynicism or negativity. But it is a cautious faith– one in which we can discern the realities of a world that regularly deceives.
“The first step on the way to victory is to recognize the enemy.”
Corrie Ten Boom
“Ferocious” in verse 15 is a sobering word. When I read it, I think of Alaska, or maybe the grasslands of the ‘Serengiti.’ A dangerous carnivore that is hidden by an outward covering. It is a ‘predator’ word, a word that intensifies. It patiently stalks and then ambushes its victims. There is only one focus, a single purpose, and that is to destroy. It is Satan’s ‘calling card.’
For us who are accustomed to an ideal of love and peace in our walks, we are disturbed and perhaps almost pulled off balance by this disturbing revelation of evil in our midst. Jesus tells us that we must possess a reality of deception, for that is the real world. He gave us plenty of warning.
“Now go, and remember that I am sending you out as lambs among wolves.”
Luke 10:3, NLT
Do you know what wolves do to lambs? But yet He still sends them. That is interesting.
- Wolves in Sheeps’ Clothing (kommonsentsjane.wordpress.com)
- “Winter is here. The wolves are coming.” My latest interview on the BBC… (fiskeharrison.wordpress.com)
- The Kingdom – Beware of wolves (kingdom777.wordpress.com)
- Killed by Wolves (cfcspn.com)