I saw the back of a pickup truck filled with mole traps the other day. I asked the Mole Guy if I could shoot a picture of his truck, and he didn’t care. We had a little chat about moles. Did you know…
• They can cause $1000’s in damage overnight to your yard
• They are difficult to catch or eliminate.
• They can eat poison in baited gummy worms, but it’s not as effective as traps.
• They can cause medical injury by your twisted ankles.
• They reproduce so fast, that they will never become extinct.
Biblical writers used animal metaphor to get spiritual truth across (Roaring Lion, great fish, leviathan, ect). A close friend in ministry from Michigan says, “Moles are mostly hidden to our human senses…working underground–but we see …their “fruits” (dirt mounds). How can moles hurt us?–they hurt my feelings when they make my yard look like the Munster’s yard; I twisted my ankle when stepping on a hidden mole hole…. Is there a sense of internal moles working in the shadows below the surface of our consciousness of character that need Christ’s intervention? These internal moles may have excellent noses to find our weaknesses and exploit them. Can God give us higher awareness to sense these internal moles and trap them? Or are moles only external–pits/traps dug up by others for us to stumble into? Side note: we had a patient golden retriever once that was expert at helping us catch moles. Moles sometimes come topside, and the retriever pounced. ” Thank you Jan.
I recently watched a 45 min YouTube documentary from National Geographic on the Muslim travel to Mecca. They have a ritual where on the walk from Medina back to Mecca they throw stones at 3 pillars that represent Abraham’s stoning of Satan. They have a story in Koran that Abraham was asked to sacrifice Ishmael and Satan tempted him 3x not to do it, so Abraham threw stones 3x at Satan. Interesting twist on Genesis 22:1-19.
If Satan is like a mole, does throwing stones do the trick of resisting temptation? I think not. Does the biblical account of Jesus’ temptation account with Satan in the wilderness (Luke 4:1-13) have a slight metaphor for the Islamic religion? Did Jesus throw rocks? Or did he set metaphoric mole traps with biblical rebuttal to cut the head off of Satan’s attacks like a mole? Is the defeat of Satan’s temptation in our lives even a matter of “us setting a trap to kill him”? Or, like Ephesians 6:10-19, spiritual armor wearing, are we to mount the full armor of God and resist to the point of “standing our ground”? Satan is a defeated figure, where the lingering of his furry is to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10a), are we called to respond in kind, or take up our shield of faith and resist the flaming arrows of the evil one…. So that we might stand our ground in confidence that God is at work in this world and we are to participate with Him.
I think satan would have us think we are more effective if we fight back, but like Jesus resisted, throwing rocks, or setting mole traps may not be the answer. Rather knowing God’s Word by memorizing scripture (Psalms 119:11) to resist temptation is the best mole trap we can set spiritually, for Christ has won the battle at the cross and we are the beneficiaries.
I talked to the mole guy about his traps in the bed of his truck. “Hey, mole guy, what does one do with all the dead moles once they are caught?” He responded as cool as ever, taking another bite of chicken at lunch, “Ah, we have a bucket in the truck bed for the dead ones and we just bring ’em to the warehouse and get rid of them.” Just like that he is done with them. No big deal, no fanfare, no trouble. We just dispose of them. That’s how a Christian should dispose of satan in our life, “Ah, just get rid of that pesky rodent, he’s just a punk.”
Also, my friend Jan reminded me of something else by saying, “I always wonder about the moles of self defeating behavior–where I mole myself by undermining my credibility or self-prepared me-traps. The moles of self defeating behavior may work underground out of awareness, or intentional stress and a desire to escape.” Satan is crafty and will bring self-doubt to mind and attack by digging holes in our identity if we don’t fundamentally align our identity with Christ and his work done for us on the cross. Even still, we let ourselves do the things we’ve always failed at if we don’t take these things to Jesus, releasing them to His work of sanctification in our lives. I love Apostle Paul’s final statement after the appeal to put on the full armor of God in Ephesians 6:19, resting in full confidence in Christ he says, “Pray for me also, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.” May this be our prayer.