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'A serpent may bite when it is not charmed; the babbler is no different.' If a man is bitten before he has time to use his charm, it is no profit to him, it is too late to employ charm.

Whether dealing with snakes or babblers it does no good to use charm after the bite takes place.

Who are we in this proverb? Are we the person too late in our actions? Has opportunity passed us by because of our fear, disobedience, or lack of faith? Are we the person that has inflicted poisonous venom upon another by our slanderous babbling? This sermon is about missed opportunity due to fear, disobedience, and lack of faith.

Story in Numbers 13: The people constantly complain about their circumstances and continually criticize Moses until he says to God, "Please kill me".

Hebrews 3:12-19: Unbelief was manifested by complaining, evil surmising, and un-thankfulness. When they found out they had crossed the line, then they tried to do it on their own, and were soundly defeated. Their faith was foolishness, their timing was death, and their obedience was rebellion.

Hebrews 3:14: Partakers of Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.