Smarter than a baboon?
Smarter than a baboon?
In eastern Africa, a troop of about 50 baboons made themselves at home right next to a farm. The baboons were amusing at first, but soon wore out their welcome. Before long, they were ravaging the corn and other crops and helping themselves to anything they could get their hands on.
The frustrated farmers in the area made plans to have the animals destroyed. To do this, they set up cages with food in them. Their plan was to capture the baboons and kill them.
Baboons, however, aren’t stupid animals. Sensing the cases were dangerous, they refused to go in.
But the farmers were patient. After several days, one of the hungry baboons ventured into the cage and sampled the food. It was good – very good. And nothing happened.
The next day, the same baboon went back in for more food. Other baboons soon followed. After a few days, the entire troop of baboons was going into the cages to feast on the food. Rather than being afraid of the cages, the baboons started to like them.
For several weeks, the baboons went into the cages every day to get their food. One day, however, the food was tied to the door latches. When the animals grabbed the food the doors of the cages slammed shut.
The baboon were spooked at first, but quickly went back to finishing their meal. They showed no real concern for the fact they had been trapped in a cage. Sin is a lot like those baboon traps. Deep down, you know it can harm you, but just like the food in their traps, it looks pretty good. And you‘re hungry!
You may try to resist temptation and do the right thing at first. But then you start to see other people — friends, family, fellow church members even — start to indulge without anything bad happening. And, just like the baboons, you start to think and believe you can get away without anything bad happening.
The story had a happy ending. A wildlife biologist learned about the baboons and the baboons were rescued, transported to a location in the wild and set free. They had a deliverer.
In the same way, God sent His Son as a deliverer to those who have been trapped by sin. Warnng: Don’t be a silly baboon.
This story by Wayne Rice I ”Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks” (Amazon) was used for a devotion by Vickie Smith recently at a camp meeting. It is so relevant to life, I decided to share it in my column today. It is edited for space sake.
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