Robber Crab

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Crabs are amazing creatures. Most crabs crawl on land or swim in the water. but there is a crab that climbs trees. 
While doing evangelistic work in India, the boys found this land crab. They had a lot of fun with this. It scooted along sideways. It had a lot of strength in its pinchers.
There is a robber crab that climbs coconut palms. Another name for the robber crab is the coconut crab. These actually climb the tree, cut off a coconut and go down the tree to cut it open and eat its fruit. Using its powerful claws it can get the meat inside. It is not recommended that you try to carry these robbers around for they can chop off your fingers. There is great power in the pinchers.
All crabs have a hard outer shell. They have 10 legs (decapod). "Deca" means ten and "pod" means foot. The front legs are the pincers. The back legs help them swim and can act like fins unless they are land crabs. The rest of the legs are for walking.
Now if you were raising coconuts  as a business and they disappeared you might blame someone for the robbery. WE must be careful in blaming others for we could be very wrong as was a man who had a business of washing cars.
A man who ran a car wash was very upset because the money he expected to get was not there when he went to collect. The one who was trusted with the job of opening and getting the money out of the machine was blamed. It hurt his feelings for he did not rob the money. A long time went by. The mystery continued until one day, cameras picked up the story.
The thief was caught right in the act. It was discovered that on top of the car wash was thousands of dollars in coins that had been taken there by the thief. It was not just one black starling but many of them were doing this work. They had to fly inside the slot machine to get the quarters.
People who are quick to judge, often accuse the wrong person.  God sees everything. He even knows peoples thoughts. The people you think are nicest and most like Jesus, may be thinking terrible thoughts and doing wicked things in secret that would shock you. God sees not as man sees.

One preacher got up to preach one Sunday. He confessed that he had been robbing God for years. He felt so bad. He said it was embarrassing to tell the whole church of his problem but since he had taught them to be robbing God too, he just had to confess to them. He went on to describe how he had stolen. He had taken out one of God's commandments and did whatever he wanted with it. It was the 4th commandment where God commands that the 7th day Saturday, the Sabbath is to be kept holy. He realized that He had been keeping Sunday holy instead. From that day on, he was going to stop being a thief and keep all 10 of the commandments. He was going to keep the 7th day as God commanded. He urged all his congregation to also keep the 7th day like it says in Exodus 20.

At the end of the world, the Bible says many will become extremely selfish. They will rob the poor and make them miserable. They will take from the widow and those who have no father. There will be much hate against God's people because they cannot control the consciences. Those in leadership may accuse God's people of causing all the crime and taking away the peace. Yet  like the camera who caught the starling, God can see who the real robbers of peace are. He will bring justice.

Men who claim to be Christians may now defraud and oppress the poor; they may rob the widow and fatherless; they may indulge their Satanic hatred because they cannot control the consciences of God's people; but for all this God will bring them into judgment. They "shall have judgment without mercy" that have "showed no mercy." (James 2:13.) Not long hence they will stand before the Judge of all the earth, to render an account for the pain they have caused to the bodies and souls of His heritage. They may now indulge in false accusations, they may deride those whom God has appointed to do His work, they may consign His believing ones to prison, to the chain gang, to banishment, to death; but for every pang of anguish, every tear shed, they must answer. God will reward them double for their sins. Concerning Babylon, the symbol of the apostate church, He says to His ministers of judgment, "Her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double." Rev. 18:5, 6. {COL 178.4}
He would be the judge of all the earth, and from His decision there could be no appeal. Then every secret thing would be set in the light of God's countenance, and judgment be passed upon every man according to his deeds. {DA 707.3}

Story and illustrations by Dr. Rose