The Hyrax - watchful and safe in the rock

The rock badger or hyrax is the second of the "four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise." Proverbs 30: 26. It is written that they "are a feeble folk, yet they make their homes in the crags." 


A rock badger is no bigger than a rabbit, with a short muzzle, small round ears and no tail. Timid and inoffensive, it has many enemies including poisonous snakes, eagles and buzzards, leopards, hunting dogs, wild cats and other smaller beasts of prey. They live in colonies on rocky crags. Their safety lies in having a lookout who gives warning of danger by shrill shrieks. When the others hear that, they dive for shelter in holes in the rock.

Are we not also by nature a "feeble folk" when it concerns our sins and the temptation we face in life? We can easily be deceived or "devoured" by all kinds of sins, but in Jesus we have a Rock where we can take shelter when danger threatens - when we are tempted to sin (Hebrews 4: 15-16). He knows just what it is to be tempted, and received help from the Father not to sin (Hebrews 5: 7). Now His joy is to help us in our time of need so that we do not sin. Our Saviour gladly strengthens us by His Word and Spirit, so that we can obey God instead of our sinful tendencies.

David experienced something of this in the Old Covenant. He wrote in Psalm 144: 1-2: "Blessed be the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle - my lovingkindness and my fortress, my high tower and my deliverer, my shield and the One in whom I take refuge, who subdues my people under me." He is also the Rock who followed the children of Israel to the Promised Land and He is always available for us to speak to.

When we try to manage without Him we fall into all kinds of sin. Let us be like the Rock Badger who “abides” in the Rock where it is always safe. And let us listen to the warnings of those who watch over us and take their words to heart. God's laws are able to warn and save us from straying away from the Rock into areas where we are very easily attacked and devoured.