There is an old story about a lamb that got away from the rest of the flock as she munched her meal. She did not notice a wolf approaching. When the wolf pounced, the lamb begged the wolf saying, "Please don't eat me. I have been eating grass and that will make me bitter. I will taste better if you wait a while." The wolf thought that made sense. The lamb said, "If you let me dance the grass will be digested faster and then you can eat me." Once again the wolf agreed. The lamb said, "I could dance faster if I had some music to dance to. Why don't you ring my bell so I can dance faster." The wolf agreed. The wolf rang the bell and that alerted the shepherd and he rescued the lamb. Sometimes those who seem weakest are the wisest.

 

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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.