When my grown sons were boys, they were fond of watching animated videos while Grandma babysat them. They would watch their favorites over and over. One favorite was the classic tale of Rikki Tikki Tavi written by Englishman Rudyard Kipling whose family spent time in India where he was born.
Rikki Tikki Tavi is a mongoose, which has an innate desire and ability to kill snakes. They may be a snake's worst enemy, and in India where deadly cobras abound, they are useful in protecting humans from deadly encounters with cobras. In the story, Rikki was rescued by a British family living in India when he was washed up near their bungalow by a flood, and became their family pet. He became friendly with other creatures in the garden, including a bird named Darzee and his wife who warned him about a cobra’s nest of unhatched eggs hidden in the garden.
“Because Darzee knew the cobra’s children were born in eggs like his own, he didn’t think at first it was fair to kill them. But his wife was a sensible bird, and she knew that cobra’s eggs meant young cobras later on.”
The cobras, Nag and Nagainia, were angry because the new family had moved into the house on the property which they felt was their territory, and they devised a plot to kill the family. One day, Nag entered the bathroom before dawn, where he planned to kill the father. He waited, coiled up, for his chance to strike, and fell asleep. Meanwhile, Rikki snuck into the bathroom and grabbed the snake from behind on its hood. The father was awakened by the noise, and coming into the bathroom, he shot and killed the snake with a shotgun. When Nagainia saw Nag’s dead carcass on the trash heap, she vowed vengeance against the humans.
She cornered the family one morning while they were having breakfast on the veranda, ready to strike the child Teddy as his parents watched helplessly. Rikki went to the nest where her eggs were hidden and destroyed all but one. Then he used the last egg to distract Nagainia away from the boy. In a rage, she recovered her egg and returned to her underground nest with Rikki in hot pursuit. The unseen battle took place underground, but eventually Rikki emerged victoriously and announced that Nagainia was dead.
A Takeaway for Today
Rabbi Daniel Lapin of the American Alliance of Jews & Christians discusses the vital lesson this wonderful children’s story conveys:
“It is a lesson that today's public policy experts and contemporary political leaders would do well to learn, and until they do, they ought to kneel before victims of terror begging forgiveness for their foolishness. Their fond illusion that all cultures are identical has cost countless lives. Their insistence that evil is found only in racism, intolerance, and xenophobia (a fear or hatred of foreigners) condemns countless terror victims to death. The way the world really works is that some evil is just so hideous that it must be wiped out. It can't be cured with money, neither will multi-cultural educational programs achieve anything. Some people have become so evil that rehabilitation is all but impossible.
“Ancient Jewish wisdom offers an example of this lesson in the form of a mysterious people called the Amalekites. Their distinguishing characteristic is a fanatical drive to exterminate Judaism and the Bible from the earth. Furthermore, they are an evil people defined by ideology rather than biology or race. There can never be any peaceful accommodation with them. If they survive, Israel is doomed, and if Israel survives, they are doomed.
‘So said the Lord of Hosts, I remember what Amalek did to Israel, how he ambushed him on the way coming up out of Egypt. Now, go, and wipe out Amalek, you must utterly destroy all that is theirs, and you must have no pity on them: and you must kill both man and woman, toddler and infant, ox and sheep, camel and ass’ (1Samuel 15:2-3).
“Toddlers and infants too? Yes, because we know that baby Amalekites today means killers tomorrow.” (End of Rabbi Lapin’s remarks).
The above Scripture passage is part of the word of the Lord to Saul, Israel’s first king. But God first spoke this to Moses hundreds of years earlier, in the wilderness, before the children of Israel had crossed over to the Promised Land:
“Remember what Amalek did unto you by the way, when you were come forth out of Egypt; how he met you by the way and smote the hindmost part of you, even all that were feeble behind you, when you were faint and weary; and he feared not God. Therefore, it shall be, when the Lord thy God hath given you rest from all your enemies round about, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth you for an inheritance to possess it, that you shall blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; you shalt not forget it” (Deuteronomy 25:19).
Amalek was a vicious enemy whose strategy was like that of a wolf: He waited for an opportunity and attacked from the rear, going after the weak, the tired, and those who could not keep up. He was a dangerous predator who had to be destroyed—utterly destroyed like the cobra’s eggs. God knew this, and He mandated the leaders of Israel to utterly destroy the Amalekites. God did not want even one survivor of the seed of Amalek.
But Saul disobeyed the direct commandment God spoken through the prophet Samuel. The army slew the Amalekites, but Saul spared their wicked Amalekite king, Agag. The next morning when Samuel arrived and saw that Agag still lived, he rebuked Saul and slew Agag himself. It would seem that the last Amalekite was dead and their evil enemies finally annihilated. But 500 years later, they appeared again in the story of Esther, when the Jew-hating Haman concocted a plan to kill all the Jews living in Persia. Haman, it turns out, was a descendent of Agag. How was this possible?
While this story is not recorded in the Bible, it is recorded in ancient Jewish history, according to Rabbi Lapin. Because Saul did not kill Agag on the day of the battle, and Samuel did not arrive till the next morning, Agag was held prisoner overnight. The night before, a servant girl was sent to bring him dinner. He raped her, and she became pregnant with Agag’s son.
The Amalekites aka Agagites
In the time of Mordecai and Esther, the Jews once again faced annihilation, but God gave Esther favor to become the Queen of Persia after she won a beauty pageant conducted to replace Queen Vashti. She had been dethroned, because she refused to appear before the King at a party when he summoned her. While the wicked Haman was on the fast track to implement his plan to rid the kingdom of the Jews, Mordecai and the Jews of the capital city of Shushan joined Esther in three days of prayer and fasting for their deliverance. Esther was to go before her husband the King to ask for the life of her people, but to do this, she would have to disobey a law that forbade anyone to go before the King unless they were summoned by him.
Esther had not been summoned by her husband for over 30 days. She knew she was putting her own life in jeopardy by disobeying the law. After all, her predecessor had been dethroned because she refused to come when the King called for her. But Uncle Mordecai admonished Esther that if she failed to intervene on behalf of her people, God would move another way to save them, but she should not think she would be safe in the Palace. With timeless eloquence, he said: “Who knows whether you are come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
It was this scenario that prompted her to utter the famous declaration that she would go unto the king, which was not according to the law: “And if I perish, I perish!”
This story has a very happy ending for Esther and her Uncle Mordecai, and all her Jewish people. The wicked Agagite, Haman, was exposed for the snake that he was, and he and his ten sons were hung on the gallows. The Jewish people still celebrate this deliverance every year during the feast of Purim.
Amalekites Among Us
Whether or not they are directly descended of the ancient biblical people, there are still Amalekites among us. They hate the Jewish people with a vehement hatred that is nothing less than satanically spawned. No amount of peace talks, peace treaties, giving away land for peace, will ever placate them. As they have said countless times, they are determined to drive Israeli Jews into the sea. We should take them at their word when they say this, because history shows they have actively pursued and continue to pursue this agenda.
They may smile and shake hands with world leaders, and sign on the dotted line of treaties and peace agreements, but they go back to their snakes’ nests and tell their people the exact opposite. They live by the ideology that is okay to lie to your enemies without sanction, in order to accomplish their goals of destroying Israel and her allies, the United States being number one on that list.
The snakes are on the move across Europe, and they are laying their eggs everywhere they go. They have also infiltrated Canada, Mexico, and America, and we can be certain there are already snakes’ nests with eggs ready to hatch across this nation. When going after a deadly snake, you never go for the tail, because it will turn around and bite you. Like Rikki Tikki Tavi, you must go for the head. If we continue to let them come into this nation illegally, or as refugees sanctioned by the government, we should expect them to lay their eggs, and cobra eggs hatch into cobras—deadly poisonous snakes that threaten the lives of all Americans, especially Jews, Christians, and those who speak out against them. And all who are in the vicinity will be caught in the crossfire.
The Amalekites are among the nations of Europe, because they allowed the enemy to come in, and they have in great numbers. In France and Belgium there are neighborhoods harboring snakes’ nests that have already hatched their poisonous offspring. Undoubtedly, these snakes’ nests are also hidden in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom as well. Finding these hidden nests should be their number one priority. The nests must be destroyed before more eggs hatch into cobras.
America cannot afford to feel safe because we are an ocean away. We are not an island nation, and our borders are not impenetrable, as we continue to see on a daily basis. We must be diligent and vigilant to protect our borders from deadly intruders who only mean us harm. And we also must put a stop to the flow of refugees from these nations that are breeding these cobra nests and hatching their deadly eggs. The bleeding hearts who think this is “un-American” should be prepared to answer to the broken hearts of the victims of terrorism and their families.
Take a page from the Bible, or take a page from the children's book Rikki Tikki Tavi: Cobra baby eggs hatch into cobras.(If you would like to know more of the ancient Amalekites, order my message “Amalekites Among Us” available on CD from www.soundoffaith.org)