Proverbs 23: King James Bible
Predator and Prey – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty three, Verses 27-28
27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit. 28 She also lieth in wait as for a prey, and increaseth the transgressors among men.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – Predator and Prey
This isn’t the first time we’ve come across versus such as these, speaking about a loose woman or a whore. Over and over again we’re warned about these, and it is a great reminder for us all to get into our systems.
The whore or strange woman, the adultress or the temptress, are most often recognized when used by the Father, as the world and it’s anti-God way of being, and also every religion that either mankind or Satan has conjured up. When the Lord sees his people flirting with false religions, he doesn’t see it as someone exploring their horizons. He knows it as adultery against him.
If we observe the Old Testament, we see it time and time again, where the Lord likens Israel as whoring after other gods. Eventually declaring a divorce against Israel as they completely turned their backs on him, and decided to go their own ways.
The Lord uses interesting language in the verses above. He says that she lies in wait for prey. Let’s get real here…
We are at the heart of an extremely real spiritual battle. A war that rages in the spirit, and bleeds over into the physical, most often being that the spiritual effect is manifested in the natural. If someone is being attacked spiritually, they are going to feel it in one form or another physically. If an area is being controlled by darkness spiritually, you’ll discern it just as soon as you pass by, and even get a little sour in the stomach, maybe a headache, while passing through.
Alright, with that reality in mind, the Lord is telling us that there are things that are lying in wait for it’s prey. Who pray tell would the prey be?
There’s a whole lot of different predator and prey relationships out there in the animal kingdom. Often, the prey animals have something going for them, such as speed, camouflage, agility, etc., that might help them have a chance of escape from being dinner.
However, you don’t see this to be true when you take a good look at sheep, do you? They’re not that fast, nor strong. Their bite is easily avoided by predators and they stick out like a sore thumb. They are among the most defenseless amongst the prey animals, especially compared to those who are hunting them.
It takes the strength of another, to fend off enemies and keep them safe. It takes a shepherd to guide them through the wilderness and keep watch even while in safe pastures. So long as the shepherd is around, and the sheep stay near the shepherd, the predator and prey relationship is broken.
But, not all sheep heed the shepherd’s voice, and some go stray. Lying in wait for them are those who have learned every method possible to take that sheep down. Are we not the sheep that has been called to follow the Shepherd’s voice?
But we know that we don’t always stick close to the Shepherd, but sometimes get a little daring and venture a bit close to the tall grass or the woods, to get a bit of a peek to see what’s going on in there. Not everyone deliberately falls into the traps of sin, but there are always enemies unseen (once in awhile seen), on the prowl just waiting for us to make that one slip.
One slip at times, could be all it takes for the enemy to get that snowball rolling down the hill. All with the intentions of increasing transgressions among men. When we’re ready and waiting for spiritual battles isn’t the big deal, it’s when we’re comfortable, cocky, or careless, that the whore of this world tries to make its move.
Related New Testament Scripture
John 10: King James Bible
1 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. 5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
6 This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. 7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
8 All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
12 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. 13 The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
14 I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. 15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
1 Peter 5: King James Bible
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
Thank you as always for your Word, and the powerful information you’ve preserved for us throughout the ages. Help us to stay close to our shepherd, Christ Jesus. open the ears of our heart to hear and know his voice when he calls, that we don’t stray after another voice, and wind up becoming prey to falsehoods and false gods. Lead us Lord, into the places you’ve prepared for us to be. Strengthen us in your power, and teach us to wage a good warfare against our spiritual enemies, and please keep us safe from all retaliation from whatever damage we do against your enemy. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever felt like you’ve strayed too far from the Shepherd, and was at risk of suffering from a predator and prey situation?