You know, you can touch a stick of dynamite, but if you touch a venomous snake it'll turn around and bite you and kill you so fast it's not even funny.
(Steve Irwin—Crocodile Hunter)
Most people don’t realize that when they are bitten by an animal, they must get emergency treatment immediately. Being bitten can be a life-threatening situation. Veterinarian and member of the Animal Planet Series, Dr. Holly Knor, learned this lesson firsthand. She was bitten on the finger while caring for a cat. The wound became infected and almost immediately the situation became serious, requiring her to have emergency surgery. Through this ordeal she lost the tip of a finger.
It is a good idea to exercise caution when dealing with an injured animal. When I was eight years old my dog strayed from our yard and was hit by a car. I heard Rex screaming and yelping and saw him running towards home. He darted under our house and hid. Without a moments hesitation I crawled in after him and found my best friend hiding in the darkness. When I tried to touch Rex, he growled and lashed out at me with his teeth. My heart was broken; my friend had become a hound from hell. I cried because I did not understand how something I loved so much could hurt me so bad.
A beautiful creature named Lucifer, a great and mighty archangel, ventured outside his perimeter of safety, outside the protection of God’s presence. He defiantly entered a forbidden place and exposed himself to a highly contagious disease that destroyed his desire for good—his desire for God. This once virtuous angel, the Son of the Morning was transformed into the Prince of Darkness. With a heavy heart God isolated Satan, issuing warnings that no one should get close to him. Despite the caution both people and angels throughout the ages have defied God’s warning, gotten close to Satan and been bitten.
Nikita Khrushchev declared, “If you live among dogs, keep a stick. After all, this is what a hound has teeth for—to bite when he feels like it!” We are surrounded by beings whose nature it is to hurt. It wasn’t always this way, but Lucifer’s rebellion changed everything—even humanity. But there is hope. The Apostle Paul declared, “For the preaching of the cross is to us who are saved the power of God.” Through the cross of Christ, that huge stick that put the devil in his place; we find forgiveness for sin and a cure for the wounds inflicted on us by Hell’s Hound.