It was a deliciously diabolical device. A razor-sharp pendulum suspended from the ceiling slowly descended with each swing to the hapless prisoner tied to a table below. It was a deathtrap. The hero had no hope of escape. Yet within a few seconds, he deftly maneuvers himself and smears the meat that was left for him to eat, onto his bonds. The meat attracts rats which gnaw through the bonds freeing him within seconds before the pendulum slices his throat.
Many of us recognize the famous escape of Edgar Allan Poe’s masterpiece, “The Pit and the Pendulum.” It has been adapted to movie screens and has thrilled generations of audiences. The appeal is the deathtrap. Will the hero manage to find a way to escape? From James Bond, to Indiana Jones, to innumerable superhero incarnations, deathtraps are de rigueur for a successful production. And of course, the hero always escapes!
I have laid a snare for you; You have indeed been trapped, O Babylon, and you were not aware; You have been found and also caught, because you have contended against the LORD.
Jeremiah 50:24 (NKJV)
It seems the most intricate traps devised by man will always be sprung by someone clever enough. But what if God devised the trap? The Prophet Jeremiah describes such a scenario as he proclaims judgment upon the nation of Babylon. Conquering Judah and sacking Jerusalem, it was the most powerful world kingdom at that time. Yet, God had devised a trap for which there was no escape because they fought against Him. Within a few years, Babylon would fall to the Persian empire. It was an inescapable death trap, designed by God.
We are all trapped by sin. It is the ultimate deathtrap, but it was not designed by God. We willingly allowed ourselves to be ensnared and we are all sentenced to death. Can we enact a miraculous escape like the heroes in movies and books?
By our efforts, it is impossible, but we should not despair. We will always have hope of escape because God has given us the solution. If we confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we can break the bonds of the deathtrap of sin and receive salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.