The Ox, The Deer, and The Bird

My four-year-old cockapoo loves to take walks every morning. Yesterday when we were walking a sudden loud, “caw, caw” grabbed our attention.  Up on the corner of the roof of the house we were passing was a crow almost as big as my poor frightened puppy dog.  Startled, she turned and left out a yippy bark.  That, apparently, was an invitation to the crow to swoop down right in front of her and land on the road only a few feet away from us. At the end of the leash was a distraught little puppy while the nasty crow strutted beside us, right down the center of the road.  It was taunting her! It kept saying, “Caw, caw. Caw, caw.” The whole scene was pathetic!

Isn’t that the way temptation can be? We’re moving through life, minding our own business and it swoops in and torments us.  Distracting us to the point of ineffectiveness.

Let’s look at this passage in Proverbs that speaks of temptation:

“All at once he followed her (temptation) like an ox going to slaughter, like a deer stepping into a noose till an arrow pierces his liver, like a bird darting into a snare, little knowing it will cost him his life.”   (Proverbs 7:22-23)

As we look at these two verses, the Lord reveals through Solomon’s words three ways that temptation can enter our lives.




Picture the ox going to slaughter, tied up, yoked to his master. A slave to whatever the master wills, even on to death.  I see this as the temptation attached to addictive sin—drug use, alcoholism, eating disorders, etc.  Are you in this kind of struggle, my friend? Are you fighting this enslaving temptation to sin? Take heart God has the answer. We’ll look at it in a few moments.


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I can relate to the deer probably most of all. Our poor deer was careless. Walking through the woods, our friend, Bambi, stepped right into a noose and was snared by the enemy.  Had our deer been more careful to watch his step he could have avoided that trap and not suffered the life threatening consequences that resulted. Can you relate as well as I can?  Our answer to this type of temptation is also coming soon.


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The third critter in this passage is the bird. Our little bird darted right into a snare.  He was clueless. I imagine it was probably an invisible type of net.  He had no idea what he flew into and how he got so tangled up! Is this speaking to you? Can you relate?

God is so good! He provided the answer to how to avoid all three of these temptations in the next chapter of Proverbs.

Proverbs eight talks about how wisdom calls out and how the “fear of the LORD is to hate evil.” Verse ten says, “Choose my instruction instead of silver, knowledge rather than choice gold…” Verse twelve says, “I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion.”  

Are you a slave to the temptation of an ongoing sin?

Do you find yourself unprepared, carelessly stepping into sin?

Are you so busy, and disheveled in life that you find yourself dealing with sin, clueless as to how it happened?

The wisdom of God is in His Word.

Let’s make more time for Him.

Let’s make more time for His Word.




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