Beware of Sheepish Wolves
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
False prophets have an uncanny way of looking soft and fuzzy, don’t they? They’re all white and woolly with sweet, innocent brown eyes that could melt the iciest of hearts. One look into those sweet eyes and you’re all set to pet them, pretty little lambs that they seem to be. Of course, by the time you’re close enough to see those teeth and smell that wet wolf smell, you’re dinner. Beware!
Beware of Men
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men:
And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the father the child: and the children shall rise up against their parents, and cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Men. Sly creatures. You can’t trust your brother, or your father, or your own children for that matter, not if they happen to be wolves and you happen to be sheep. Wolves are known for tearing sheep to bits for snacking purposes. That’s what wolves do. If you’re sheep, beware of men. They’re gonna hate you, and you’re gonna suffer, but if you endure to the end you’ll be saved. No need to worry, but still beware!
Beware of Covetousness
Beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
Covet. It’s not considered a dirty word anymore, is it? It’s bandied about by people in the fashion world like it’s a badge of honour. Alas, it’s anything but. Covetousness is a sin, and a dangerous one at that. Want what you can’t have and see how fast your life starts swirling down a depressive little drain. That’s the road to emptiness right there. Don’t even think about going there. Be content with such things as you have. Beware!
Beware of Dogs
Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.
Beware of dogs. You already knew that, didn’t you? But who are these dogs exactly? Now, I bet you don’t know the answer to that, do you? While you’re at it, beware of evil workers and the concision. These three warnings go together. Beware!
Beware of Hypocrisy
Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
Do your actions match your words? If not, beware! Everything you do, and I mean everything, will be revealed eventually. The true secret behind a dirty little secret? It’s not a secret at all.