AN AMAZING FACT:  The world hosts about 1,400 species of scorpions, with about 40 kinds occurring in the United States. Scorpions, like spiders, have eight legs and belong to the arachnid family. They feed on insects they catch with their two lobster-like claws and kill with a venomous stinger at the end of their segmented, abdominal tail. In most species, the sting is merely painful to humans and not fatal, although the sting of one species found in the states has proved fatal to young children.

But scorpions have been known to kill and devour their own species, as well as demonstrate vengeful behavior. One experimenter placed a hundred of these arachnids in a large glass vessel, and after a few days only 14 remained. The rest had been killed and eaten by the others. He then put a pregnant female in a glass vessel and observed her as she devoured her young as fast as they were born. One managed to escape, taking refuge on the mother’s back, and found revenge by killing the mother scorpion in turn. 

The scorpion’s behavior reminds us of the story of Gideon’s army surrounding the Midianites at night. God called Gideon to be a judge and leader of Israel. When gathering to attack the Midianites, the Lord told Gideon there were too many to face in combat. Eventually, Gideon ended up with only 300 men—who were not even given swords, but a trumpet and a torch! In the middle of the night they surrounded the camp, blew their trumpets, and uncovered their torches. The Bible then says, “And every man stood in his place all around the camp; and the whole army ran and cried out and fled. When the three hundred blew the trumpets, the Lord set every man’s sword against his companion throughout the whole camp” (Judges 7:2122). Evidently, many Midianites died at the hands of their fellow soldiers. 

Satan and his host are enemies to God’s people. We can stand against them with the sword of the Lord (our Bibles) and know that God will protect us. Someday these enemies will turn on themselves and be destroyed forever.

FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER RIDE 8/11/2017 We will meet at the Kohl’s parking lot at 98th & Indiana Ave. at 6pm. At 6:30 Road Captain Preston Langford will lead us on a great ride for food, fun, and fellowship. Don’t miss out.