The Bird Cage

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A man was on the side of the road with a large birdcage.

A boy noticed  that the cage was full of birds of many kinds. 

"Where did you get those birds?" he  asked. 

"Oh, all over the place," the man replied.

"I lure them with crumbs,

pretend  I'm their friend then when they are close, I net them and shove them

into

my

cage."

"And what are you going to do with them now?"

The man grinned, "I'm going to prod them with sticks,

and get them really  mad so  they fight and kill each other.

Those that survive, I will kill.

None

will

escape."

The boy looked steadily at the man.

What made him do such things?

He  looked into  the cruel, hard eyes.

Then he looked at the birds, defenseless, without  hope.

"Can I buy those birds?" the boy asked.

The man hid a smile, aware that he could be on to a good thing if

he  played his  cards right.

"Well," he said hesitantly, "the cage is pretty expensive,

and I  spent a lot of time collecting these birds. 

I'll tell you what I'll do,  I'll let   you have the lot, birds, cage

and all for ten pounds and that jacket   you're  wearing."

 

The boy paused, ten pounds was all he had,

and the jacket was new and very   special,

in fact it was his prized possession.

Slowly, he took out the ten  pounds

and handed it over, then even more slowly he took off his jacket,

gave it  one last look then handed that over too.

And then (well, you've guessed  it)

he  opened the door and

let

the

birds

go

free.

 

MORAL OF THE STORY

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Enemy of the world, Satan, was on the side of life's road with

a very  large  cage.

The man coming towards him noticed that it was crammed full of  people of

every kind, young, old, from every race and nation. 

"Where did you get these people?" the man asked. 

"Oh, from all over the world," Satan replied.

"I lure them with drinking,   drugs,  lust, lies, anger, hate, love of money,

and all manner of things.

I  pretend I'm  their friend,

out to give them a good time, then when I've hooked them,

into

the 

cage

they

go."

"And what are you going to do with them now?" asked the man.

Satan grinned."I'm going to prod them, provoke them, get them to hate

and  destroy each other; I'll stir up racial hatred, defiance of law and  order;

I'll  make people bored, lonely, dissatisfied, confused and restless.

It's easy.  People will always listen to what I offer them and what's better,

blame God  for  the outcome!" 

"And then what?" the man asked.

"Those who do not destroy themselves, I will destroy.

None

will

escape

  me." 

The man stepped forward.

"Can I buy these people from you?" he asked.

Satan  snarled, "Yes, but it will cost you your life."

So Jesus Christ, the Son of God, paid for your release,

your freedom from  Satan's trap, with His own life, on the cross at Calvary.

The door is open and  anyone, whom Satan has deceived and caged,

can

be

set

free.

 

"For with God nothing shall be impossible" - Luke 1:37

 

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Thank you Lord for purchasing us to set us free.  We just take this freedom for granted- just like the man who died in a park bench in Central Park.  He looked very poor but when the police looked through his things he had several checks in his name amounting to thousands of dollars.   Sometimes we too, don't "encash" the promises God has for us.  We don't claim our inheritance which Jesus died to leave us. 

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