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Olufemi Babalola is an inspirational writer and teacher of God’s Word. With his firm belief in the Bread of Life (God’s Word) as the solution to the problems of life, he burns with a passion to share this Bread in the printed pages. He is actively involved in writing, publishing and distribution of books, magazines, tracts, outlines and articles which has been of tremendous blessings to many.

As a freelance writer, ‘Femi is a columnist in a number of electronic and print media. He is the author of Fresh Bread Blogs and is the editor of Fresh Bread, a top-notch inspirational magazine focused on helping people experience the life in the Word.

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Get Off That Trap!

grenepages_Olufemi Babalola FRESH BREAD_Get Off That Trap!While growing up as kids, we set traps for small animals. Those who could not catch any game ate their meal without any piece of meat in the evening. Therefore, we had a great quest. Our traps must catch some game—everyday.
Over the years, I have observed something about traps. Traps do not necessary kill. Whether the animal is killed depended on the type, or the impact of the trap on the animal. Sometime, the trap immobilizes or wounds the animal, until the hunter lays hold on the game.
This was what happened to the ram Abraham offered up instead of his son, Isaac. The ram was trapped until Abraham came to it. Scripture asserts he almost slaughtered his only begotten son as a sign of absolute obedience to God, before the angel of the Lord interrupted him.
Abraham's obedience seems to seal God's commitment to offer up His own Son for our sins. Abraham was a typology of God offering His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ for humanity.
Immediately Abraham was interrupted from killing his son, the Bible says, "Then Abraham looked up and glanced around, and behold, behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up for a burnt offering and an ascending sacrifice instead of his son!" (Genesis 22:13 AMP).
We were not told the angel directed Abraham to the ram. It was in the process of lifting up his head in reaction to the voice he heard, that he saw the ram. In fact, he "glanced around," before he saw the ram. The ram was not directly in front of him. The ram was behind him. He actually searched for the ram before he found the ram behind him, caught it, and sacrificed it, instead of his son.
This ram, I presume, was supposed to be in the sheepfold with the rest of the sheep or at least within the confines of its owner. However, it got estranged from the fold until it was trapped in the thicket by its horns. The ram somehow got isolated from the rest of the sheep, and was eventually caught and slaughtered.
TRAPPED BY THE HORNS
The Scripture specified that this ram was trapped by its horns. The horns signify the strength of the ram. With the horns, it fights and defends itself. The horn is its power. The horn is the ram's "logo." Unfortunately, this ram was not caught by its legs, trunk or horns. It was caught by its instrument of defence; its source of strength. There was no way the ram could fight back. Abraham would have been afraid to go near the ram if it was trapped elsewhere; but the ram was caught in its most critical part – at its horns.
TRAPPED FOR THE REAL CATCH
The ram was trapped by its horns in the thicket, so that it would be easy for Abraham to capture the game. The purpose of the first catch was to fulfil the ultimate catch – the catch for the sacrifice. Hunters engage decoys during hunting. Decoys are materials used to attract or trick the animal so that it would be easy for the hunter to gun it down. The thicket was the decoy that got the ram entangled. The thickets immobilized the ram such that it could not escape when Abraham arrived.
This ram typified two individuals in the Scriptures:
SAMSON
Samson was trapped just like that ram. He broke the hedge and the confines of grace and godly counsel provided by his parents. He had escaped several traps in the past, but he was eventually caught in Delilah's snare. He did not know Delilah was not an end in herself but a means to an end. Delilah was a decoy; hers was a preliminary catch for the real and eventual catch by the Philistines' lords. Delilah's mission in Samson's life was clear. The Philistines told her, "…Entice him and see in what his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him that we may bind him to subdue him…"
In the past, they caught him somewhere else. That is why he escaped every attempt. Now Delilah was out to catch him by the horn. She was to "trap where his strength lies." The enemy knew he could not catch Samson except by his horns. Only then, can he be overpowered and taken captive. Eventually, Delilah succeeded after several attempts. She ensured that she discovered Samson's horn of strength--the secret of his unusual power and when she caught him, he could not escape until the Philistines took him and brought him into the house of their gods. An invincible man became a captive. He became a big game. His strength was gone. He has been caught by his horns. The Scripture said, "Having put him to sleep on her lap, she called a man to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him. Then she called, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" He awoke from his sleep and thought, "I'll go out as before and shake myself free." But he did not know that the LORD had left him. Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding in the prison." (Judges 16:19-21 NIV)
DINAH
Dinah got trapped too. She "went out to see the daughters of the land." She was caught when she decided to leave the jurisdiction of God's grace. The preliminary catch was the lustful desire in her heart to see the daughters of the land. She wanted to belong. She wanted to see what goes on--out there in the world.
Perhaps, Dinah quietly slipped out of the house.
Obviously, she did not expect to end up in a trap. She probably planned to catch just a five-minute glimpse, and get back home but she got glued to the scene until she was eventually trapped in sexual immorality. The Scripture told us that "…when Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, prince of the country, saw her, he seized her, lay with her, and humbled, defiled, and disgraced her" (Genesis 34:2 AMP).
It is true Dinah was raped but there was not any record that she cried out for help like Tamar, David's daughter did. Dinah was held back in Shechem's home even when he was not legally married to her. The wedding plans were still under way. This is an act akin to what most unmarried singles do today. They call it fun, cohabitation or trial marriage but the Scriptures called it "…a disgraceful thing in Israel… a thing which ought not to be done" (Genesis 34:7NKJV). It might indeed be fun in the world but in Israel -the church- it is a disgraceful thing.
Dinah became a victim of the uncircumcised. Even though her embittered brothers rescued her, she did not come out whole anymore. She has been "de-filed" – the enemy had extracted vital documents from her destiny file. She was caught by her horns. Her virginity was the password to a fulfilling marriage but the enemy caught her just there.
BEWARE OF ENTANGLEMENTS
The ram, apart from Samson and Dinah, depicts the condition of many today. How often we get estranged from God's fold. We despise the counsels of our parents in the Lord, and we are lured away from the confines of grace by this present world. We roam in the wilderness of this world not knowing again the route back to our home. Just like the popular prodigal son, we travel out of the coverage of grace into a far country and soon we are caught in the thickets of sin. We are webbed in unholy dealings. Soon we find ourselves grappling with injurious thoughts, secret sins, dangerous habits and additions. How many spiritual giants today have been secretly subdued by sin and siphoned of their strengths!
We should never forget that just like Abraham looked round for that ram, there is an adversary, the enemy of our soul. He is like a roaring lion moving about and looking for whom to devour (1 Peter 5:8) and he often comes in the form of common activities that seem harmless, such as a TV show, a film, a chat, a date with someone, an internet site, a hangout with friends. Several people have been entangled in alcoholism, drug abuse, pornography, masturbation, and other dangerous addictions from these simple activities. Others have become victims of rape, unwanted pregnancies, HIV/AIDS, STDs--as a result of these satanic decoys.
Such seemingly harmless entanglement will usually take you farther than you are willing to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay and cost you far more than you are willing to pay.
Usually the target of those traps is your horn; the secret of your spiritual strength. Quietly, a season film takes your prayer time; Facebook and WhatsApp replace your quiet time. You could not fast because of a date and a romantic novel engages your Bible study time. Before you know it, your spiritual horns are warped in the thickets; you are entangled. Your spiritual immunity is broken down; you can no longer resist temptations. You can no longer pray and you sleep while you read the Word. Your recurrent thought is now about sex outside the jurisdiction of marriage; you are trapped!
YOU CAN ESCAPE!
It could be that you are already webbed by your horns in the thickets of dangerous habits and additions. Like the ram, you have struggled helplessly, but you could not free yourself. The Lord wants to free you before the final catch by the enemy of your soul. It is not bad that you have been trapped, what is bad is for the adversary to meet you in that state. You can escape today before it's too late.
The Psalmist recounts how he was delivered from such snares. He said, "Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us as prey to their teeth! We are like a bird escaped from the snare of the fowlers; the snare is broken, and we have escaped!" (Psalm 124:6-7 AMP)
You do not have to become the prey of the enemy. The Lord wants to break the snare and release you from that bondage, addiction and ungodly relationship. He wants to break the yoke of every satanic obsession and oppression. If you can cry to the Lord today, He will break the snare, and you will escape.

 

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