As a 9 year old boy, we walked home one day and found our dog hanging from the swing-set. Somehow he had jumped into the rope of the swing and it had become a noose. Fortunately, my mom was able to free him and coax him back to life but he suffered from seizures the rest of his life.
Are there traps set for us in this life? Do we, like my dog, run into hidden enemy traps and snares? Well, yes, yes we can. Jesus taught us that a servant is not greater than his master and that what was done to Him could be expected to be replicated to His followers. As we take a final look at this week’s text I see one of the many traps that had been set for Him...
And they came again to Jerusalem. And as he was walking in the temple, the chief priests and the scribes and the elders came to him, and they said to him, “By what authority are you doing these things, or who gave you this authority to do them?” Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one question; answer me, and I will tell you by what authority I do these things. Was the baptism of John from heaven or from man? Answer me.” And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But shall we say, ‘From man’?”—they were afraid of the people, for they all held that John really was a prophet. So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” (Mark 11:27-33 ESV)
These men were trying to get Jesus to come right out and say He was God while He was in the temple. They were laying a trap to get Him to blaspheme so they could punish Him. Of course, Scripture shows that Jesus is God the Son but they didn’t believe that. This was one of the many traps set for Jesus along the way.
How can we deal with traps like this? First, we can choose not to be naive. God said it so we can expect it. Walking thru life expecting no problems is a great way to find problems. Next, we can trust that God knows us perfectly and knows our enemy perfectly therefore we can ask Him to guide us through life and around the traps that are set. Here is a great Scriptural Prayer to glue to this problem:
For you are my rock and my fortress; and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me;you take me out of the net they have hidden for me, for you are my refuge. (Psalm 31:3-4 ESV)