I have enjoyed a BBC series about the people and nature of Japan. It is called the Enchanted Islands of Japan. There are many instances of how wild animals, nature and humans work together.
On one small island Okinawa, a person who is eighty years old is called young. Many of the seniors live to over one hundred years old. They put long life down to love, the ideal climate, growing their own vegetables and living off the sea produce.
Two seventy year old woman go down to the sea every evening to fish for snakes, which live in the warm, fertile water around the coral reefs. They need to come to the surface for air. At night time they gather in caves for shelter and to drink fresh water. Their venom is ten times stronger than that of a rattlesnake. The two small ladies start off at dusk on their mission. Each lady goes down into the cave on her bare feet. She reachs into the water and pulls out a snake by its neck. She has no fear. The snake doesn’t resist. It is collected in a net till the night’s catch is complete. These ladies have followed a tradition that was handed down on these islands over many years. They are the only ones left on the island who fish for snakes. Modernism has stopped this ancient craft.
Next day the snakes are smoked and cooked to be eaten. This meal is regarded as a delicacy and was reserved for special people, even kings in the past. I laughed when I watched this part of the programme. Genesis 3 tells me that the woman will crush the serpents head. Are these woman doing what it says. They have no fear of the snakes, whereas a cameraman did not want to enter the water without protective clothing. Are these ladies an example to us not to be afraid of the very thing people are afraid of, snakes, physically and spiritually? Has modernism and humanistic thinking blinded mankind to the truth that the Devil has power and we need a saviour who can release us from his power. Yes the saviour has come. He is Jesus and he came to destroy the works of the devil. He even told his followers to do the same.
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.””
Genesis 3:15 NIV
Jesus confirmed what Genesis says when he spoke to his disciples.
It reminded me where Jesus told his disciples you will pick up snakes and scorpions and they will not harm you.
“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”
Luke 10:17-19 NIV
Jesus gives me power over all the power of the devil. Yes the devil has power but Jesus defeated him when he died on the cross. In Jesus name I can defeat demons. I do not see them but I see their fruit in sickness and bondage over people.
Women are you willing to pick up snakes and break the power of the enemy of your soul and your family. They will be bread for you. You have the authority given by God and with the power of the Blood of Jesus you will win.
Each morning I go fishing for snakes when I pray in my room. I break the power of the enemy stealing my family or others who come to mind in Jesus name. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven.
To give you an example. There is a spiritual snake called the Spirit of Phyton. The natural Phyton is one of the largest snakes in the world. It can grow to 26 feet. It does not have any venom. How it kills its prey is by wrapping itself around its victim and squeezing it to death. This spirit works slowly on a person to bring deception to his mind and then bring a disease which will operate slowly to bring death. The person will not be healed unless the Phyton spirit is cast out.
Lets believe in Jesus and use the authority he gave us.