If you think herding cats would be difficult, try doing it with wasps. Every Spring we try to eliminate their nests near our front door before they decide to sting us. We do this not by herding them elsewhere but by placing those yellow, conical traps at strategical
locations. There seems to be some alliterated stages that make those traps function well. Enticement: The wasps are attracted to the odor of the bait. Envelopment: They enter through small vents and are not able to exit. Entrapment: They are now prisoners imprisoned by their own instinct and curiosity. Entombment: There is no escape nor food source and they eventually die and decay.

Although the wasps don’t weigh the consequences of their actions nor listen to a conscience, there is still a metaphor here with what happens to humans who are tempted. Adam and Eve, the first humans were not tempted by God (Jas 1:13-15) but experienced
some of the same stages as the wasps (Gen 3:1-8). They were enticed by the tasty fruit, the beauty of it and the deceptive words of the serpent (Satan). They were rapidly enveloped, enslaved and entrapped by rebellion (sin) and suffered a loss of innocence, pain, hardships and loss of their beautiful garden. Satan still lurks at our door using our own weaknesses to entrap us.

Criminals are usually quick to claim entrapment when caught on film performing an illegal activity. Much more likely they were enticed by their own greed, ego, desires and impetuousness. Unlike the wasps, we humans can escape the entrapment, enslavement and entombment of our own making.

King David was able to be forgiven after his sin with Bathsheba by confessing it and humbly asking for grace and forgiveness from God (2 Sam 11:4, 14, 27) (2 Sam 12:7, 13). We too are tempted by our own evil desires and dragged away and enticed (Rom 7:15, 19, 21) (Jas 1:13-15). Who then can rescue us from such an entrapment? Thanks Be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! (Rom 7:24) (Eph 4:22-24) (Php 3:20-21)

~Jim Bailey