These Animals May Bite

Panasonic LX1, f4.9, 1/400 sec, ISO 80, 25mm (Click to enlarge)

Hmmm, sometimes following instructions doesn’t seem like such a bad idea after all! When I saw the Cheetah enjoying its chicken dinner underneath the sign like this, I just had to take the picture. Then it got me thinking (unusual for me some may think ;-) well on one level this sign is silly, along the lines of the peanuts in Tescos that say on the back of the packet “This product contains nuts” Obviously this animal might bite me (or worse) if I were to stick my hand through the alarmingly flimsy fence – but it’s good to be reminded of the obvious sometimes.

The rebel in us generally has a mistrust and dislike of being told what (or what not) to do. Someone passes us a plate of food and says “don’t touch, it’s hot” and of course the first thing we do is touch the plate and burn our finger. God says, “you shall have no other gods before me” yet how far down our list of priorities does He come? God says “you shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God” yet how often His name is used when, for example a thumb is accidently bashed by a hammer instead of the nail!? God says “remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy” – how often do we Christians on the Christian Sabbath (ie Sunday not Saturday) not treat the day as set apart and special? God says to honour our father and mother, not to murder, not to commit adultery, not to steal, not to lie about our neighbour, and not to want our neighbours house, wife or possessions…

Ouch, there’s a bit of a bite to the Ten Commandments don’t you think? But like the sign at the Cheetahs enclosure, they are there for our own good, to ensure our enjoyment, happiness and protection.

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