I’ve never been to a cow sale barn, but I heard a story about one.
At the cow barn, owners bring their cows to be sold by auction. The cows are brought in from one side of the area where the cows are viewed by prospective buyers. Then they are herded out of the area after they have been seen and bids received.
There’s a row of people who are looking at the cows, judging them, and deciding whether they want to buy them or not.
In front of these people is a tall fence to keep the cows from getting upset and trying to jump over and out of the show area into the viewers.
One night the row of prospective buyers contained some of the people selling the large animals. Getting comfortable, other men stretched back and propped their booted feet on the containment fence.
“Get your legs back,” an owner/buyer gentleman cautioned the man propped up on the fence.
Later as the cows came in and bids were made, again the man legs were propped up on the fence—lazily relaxed.
“Get your legs back! I know these cows!” The owner/buyer cautioned more stringently.
Again, as the auction proceeded, caution laxed and the man again unconsciously placed his legs up on the fence.
“Look, I know these cows---they’re mean! Get your legs down,” said the owner whose large cows were being herded into the area raising clouds of dust.
The man with the warning saw his own cows stomping their way into the arena.
Quickly the other man lowered his legs as he saw the long, dangerous horns on the heads of the cows who were quite unhappy and tossing their heads forcefully - easily able to gore through the fence if they decided to.
Legs came down and stayed down.
Thinking about that, I wondered about our society and our spiritual condition. Listen to the words of Jeremiah in Jeremiah 22:21. Jeremiah was speaking prophecy to the King who was disobedient to God as were the king’s people.
“I spoke to you in your prosperity;
But you said, ‘I will not listen!’
This has been your practice from your youth,
That you have not obeyed My voice.”
Can we learn from these words to a king and the people who have become sinful and ignored God’s teachings? I think so.
Just as the man warned the others to get their legs back from danger because the cows that were coming in were dangerous and mean, God and Scripture has warned us what happens when people turn away from God and His laws to their own desires.
In Judges 21:25, we learn what happened in Israel at one point: “In those days there was no king in Israel. Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.”
Confusion, disorder, violence, lack of respect for the law, lack of justice, disagreement: Read 2 Timothy 3:1-9.
The cows are out!
And they have very long, sharp horns.