"... Tak heed and no one deceives you.  For many will com in My name saying, 'I am the Christ' and will deceive many." Matthew 24:4,5
"Then if anyone says to you, 'Look here is the Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe it.
For false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect." Matthew 24:23,24
"Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of mutilation!" Philippians 3:2
 

 

There was a forest.  The sheep which loitered towards their usual pasture stood awestruck at a distance at the sight of a wolf graze in their place.  The sheep could not contain their surprise.

The adult sheep were surprised - "How can a wolf graze grass?" and the young ones enquired, "Can wolves eat grass?"

The wolf looked up as it heard the voice of the sheep, but unperturbed, it continued to graze with more intent.

As the sheep continued to stand in hear, the wolf, raising its head a few inches, looked up and said, "Come on friends ... here the grass is fresh.  Why are you waiting? You also could graze!"

One good old sheep lucked up some courage and muttered in a low voice, "What are you doing in our usual pasture?" and one could notice seat behind its ears.

"Oh, is this the place where you graze grass? I am sorry. I hope you don't have any objection to my grazing your grass to satisfy my hunger!" said the wolf and this smooth talk and gentle behavior surprised everyone.

One smart lamb enquired, "Ma ... ma ... shall I get close to uncle wolf and look at him ...?  I would love to do it."

The mother sheep gave one knock on its head with its front leg and said, "Stupid, wouldn't you keep quiet?  Come here."  Now the wolf looked up comfortably.

"What are you looking at?  Oh ... Is it because of my grazing?  It is a strange sight to see wolves grazing, isn't it?  Once upon a time I was also carnivorous.  But one day I thought about it."

The wolf slightly titled its head, looked up to the sky and gave a godly look.  The look appeared as if it was communing with God.

In the same vein the wolf continued its talk.  "Should we sacrifice one life to sustain another life?  Isn't it a great sin?  Though I was pondering upon this thought,  I was helpless before the mystery of God's creation.  Can an ordinary wolf change it?

Yet, I thought about it very seriously to be relieved of this sin.  Broken hearted, I called out to God.  For 40 days I fasted without a drop of water and meditated.  I had even quietly curled up on the ground without talking to anyone.  God who was moved by my state, revealed himself to me" said the wolf with such emotion and excitement.

It continued its talk.  "I explained my state and pleaded with him to make me a herbivorous grass eating wolf.  He has mercifully changed me into a herbivore and from then on the smell of meat nauseates me.  I relish only grass but this has become problematic.  Because I eat grass, my clan doesn't accept me and the sheep don't include me either because I look like a wolf ... This is my fate ..."  said the wolf, with tears in his eyes.

The sheep felt sad and choked back tears.  "No, no ... you should not cry.  as we have the same food habit, let us be friends" affirmed the sheep.

Only one old sheep had its doubts.  It warned the young ones, "Imagine God revealing Himself to a wolf ...?" There is some cunning plot behind this, hence beware."

"You have only grown older but you have no brains.  Look at that wolf!  How gentle it is?  God has really changed it,"  retorted the other sheep.

The wolf began to move freely with the sheep, as it developed a bond of friendship in a day or two.  It began to lie down with them and cracked a lot of jokes.  At times it grazed grass also.

"Yesterday on my way, I saw much greener pasture.  The grass was tender and fresh.  Oh ... it was delicious!  I will show you if you come with me"  so saying, the wolf tempted the sheep one by one, took them to isolated places and had a feast on them.  Next day it would also join the herd of sheep in their search for the lost sheep.

Only the old sheep sensed the grave danger and ran for life.  All the other sheep became food for the greedy wolf one by one.

Only at the moment of getting killed that each sheep regretted having been excited at the sight of the wolf eating grass.  The sheep should have had the sense to think about this.  Would wolf graze grass anywhere?

We should also thing, but do we?  When someone speaks in the name of the God we ourselves don't think; then how would the sheep thing?

This story is similar to the Pancha Tantra Tale.  I am not used to writing tales, yet ...

When many wolves have started grazing grass, we can't help narrating such tales.

In the last days one of the tricks of Satan is to graze grass in sheep's clothing.

Listen to what the Holy Bible says about the wolf in sheep's clothing.

"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves." Matthew 7:15

 

(... to be continued)