Spiders, and their Webs
God has three verses which talk about spiders. I believe they are a good illustration of us, as sinners; unsaved sinners, as well as saved sinners.
Spiders spin their webs from inside of themselves. Building a “home” from what comes out of them. It is connected to things around them. Some large and elaborate; others small and inconspicuous, till you are in contact with them.
Then they are sticky, and cling to everything.
Job 8:13-15 “So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrites hope shall perish:
Whose hope is cut off, and whose trust shall be a spider’s web.
He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.”
The “hope” of a spider is it’s web. It builds it to feed itself by the things it catches in it. It nests there wrapping in it’s own web to anchor it in wind and storm.
But it comes from inside itself; and although an amazing creation, it will not endure.
So is every person born. We fashion a life, without God; from within ourselves.
What we imagine, we believe.
What we want, we build to catch.
And we surround ourselves with a protection, which holds for awhile; but does not endure the trials of life.
Our minds become unproductive; our affections run wild; and our wills become hardened.
Isaiah 59:4-6 “None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for the truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
They….weave the spider’s web:….
Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.”
God has promised that like the spider and it’s web, the works of all who trust in that which they build themselves, without Him, will not cover them.
The nakedness of the soul of man; can only be covered with the righteousness of Christ.
Nothing else will do.
All else is as the spider’s web; blown away, or swept away by cleansing storms, or the bristles of a broom. Easily torn down, and stepped on.
So what can we “spiders” do, to have a permanent “home” with God?
Proverbs 30:28 “The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings palaces.”
(Some use this verse for the hypocrite. Certainly there are many hypocrites in the church. People pretending to love God, but weaving a garment of their own making.
But it also lends itself [and Bunyan used it the second Pilgrim’s Progress] to the “spider”, who takes hold of Christ Jesus; and because of it, is in the Palace of the Great King.)
The first thing required of all men, is repentance:
Acts 17:24,27-31 “God that made the world and all the things therein, seeing as He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from everyone of us:
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent:
Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.”
To repent: to change our minds, affections, and wills about Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of our lives, and receive Him. (John 1:12)
To repent of the means within ourselves, which we looked to and trusted, instead of Him.
To repent of the desire to “catch” for ourselves; instead of having His Will for our lives.
So, what shall we do?
Keep weaving webs from ourselves, and having them knocked out from under us?
Or “take hold” of Christ Jesus by repentance, and have what He has purposed for us? In this life, and the one to come.