2 more ideas about snakes...
1) Paul was preaching and a snake bit him while he was sharing Grace. Paul shook off the snake and everyone knew he was going to get sick and die, but he kept preaching. Acts 28
2) I knew of a Christian who started understanding 'LOVE' (to walk in HIS LOVE is the central key to this Kingdom Living in Power). And a poisonous snake was in his path and they startled each other. The brother was also in a vulnerable position, not seeing the snake early enough. All he said was this (in love and out loud); "snake, you and I were made by our loving Creator, and we both serve the living GOD, I wish you no harm and you are blessed living here". At that, the snake backed off and slithered away, somehow sensing the Love of GOD in the mouth of the brother.
LOVE never fails.
But unlike the Pentecostal Preacher - love doesn't boast, or knows about pride.
Because Pride Kills - and that was what that unfortunate news story was all about!
-eric The Exchanged Life