When 53-year-old Danny Anderson was feeding his horses, a 5-foot rattle snake slithered onto his central Washington property.
Anderson and his 27-year-old son, Benjamin, pinned the snake with an irrigation pipe and used a shovel to chop off its head. A few more strikes to the head left it sitting under a truck.
Anderson said, "When I reached down to pick up the head, it raised around and did a backflip almost, and bit my finger. I had to shake my hand real hard to get it to let loose."
His wife insisted they go to the hospital, and by the time they arrived at Prosser Memorial Hospital 10 minutes later, Mr. Anderson's tongue was swollen and the venom was spreading. He then was taken by ambulance 30 miles to a Richland hospital to get the full series of 6 shots of anti-venom he needed to save his life.
They say a snake can still strike for an hour even after its head is cut off. If another rattlesnake comes along, Anderson said he'll probably try to kill it again, but said next time he'll grab a shovel and bury it right there.
The 1st mention of the Gospel was to a snake in Genesis 3:15, God tells the serpent Satan, "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."
Satan is a defeated foe (Col. 2:15), but he's still a dangerous foe. Like the head of a dead snake, he can still do damage, he can still bruise us.