• “They have a net for my steps…they have dug a pit before me, into the midst whereof they are fallen themselves” (Psalm 57.6).
  • “Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him” (Proverbs 26:27, Ecclesiastes 10:8).
  • “Whoso causeth the righteous to go astray in an evil way, he shall fall himself into his own pit: but the upright shall have good things in possession”. (Proverbs 28:10).
  • “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you do you even so to then: for this I the law and the prophets” (Matt 7:12).

 

You had better believe it—a pit can be a dangerous thing, both to the diggers and those for whom the pits have been prepared.  There are more than 80 biblical references to pits, both real and figurative.  A pit is any secret hole in the ground, usually dug for a private purpose to entrap, capture, store or restrain. One always “goes down into a pit” never up, thus pits have become symbolic of danger, deceit, and evil. Pits were also referenced as dungeons, prisons.  Very often, pits have worked contrary to the wishes of the diggers.

Pit Stories—When the Physical Becomes the Figurative

  1. Joseph’s brothers cast him into a pit, and he became their governor
  2. Mrs. Potiphar had Joseph cast into the pit of a prison, and Joseph became governor
  3. Daniel is thrown into the den of lions in a proverbial pit prepared for him by jealous satraps, and they end up themselves being thrown into the same pit and destroyed.
  4. Haman digs a symbolic pit for Mordecai and by extension Esther by preparing a gallows, and gets hanged on his own gallows.
  5. Satan rebels and causes confusion, digging his own pits of deceit, and he is consigned to the bottomless pit.

The Golden Rule Applied–These stories speak for themselves.  We are called upon to do unto others as we would have them do to us in action, speech and goodwill. Today, because of the great controversy, we face pits of gossip, speculation, and contrivance, but these are mere stepping stones to the fulfillment of God’s fuller purpose in our lives.  Today, our hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness for our help always comes from the Lord.  https://youtu.be/k47xB8eoT5g

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