Hornets

Thursday, Feb. 16                                    

The Bible is an amazing book—because it reveals an amazing God.  I recently got to thinking how God used animals to do his bidding, just as he did with angels.  A case in point is the note about how God planned to use hornets to drive out the Canaanites in Ex. 23:28.  Maybe hornets here is a metaphor, but I like the story, and it wouldn’t be out of character for God to do this.  Some of you are too young to remember The Hornet Song, written decades ago, a rather humorous take on the Biblical account, but an accurate interpretation, I think.  It can be sung to the tune of “This Is Like Heaven To Me.”  You can find The Hornet Song on the web.

The Hornet Song

When the Canaanites hardened their hearts against God,
And grieved Him because of their sin,
God sent along hornets to bring them to terms,
And to help His own people to win.

The hornets persuaded them that it was best,
To go quickly, and not to go slow;
God did not compel them to go ‘gainst their will,
But He just made them willing to go.

If a nest of live hornets were brought to this room,
And the creatures allowed to go free,
You would not need urging to make yourself scarce,
You’d want to get out, don’t you see!

They would not lay hold and by force of their strength,
Throw you out of the window, oh, no!
They would not compel you to go ’gainst your will,
But they’d just make you willing to go.

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