A few weeks ago, I had to go to court about something, and I was not feeling too well and having a bad day. But I didn't know what was in store for me. A beautiful jungle of delights. Right in front of the courthouse on a busy street were these stunning red veined and red branched plants, amazing to look at. My eyes nearly popped out of my head while my camera popped out of my purse. Inside the court I found Nicole, a wonderful lady who has helped us so much through more than one hard time, she is one of God's angels. And she knew what this plant was, but did not know it's danger. It is a Castor Bean plant, the source of Ricin, which in 2007 was ranked as the most poisonous plant in the world. The lethal dose is only four to six seeds, or beans. Seven will kill a pig, eleven a dog, but eighty a duck, go figure. In 1978, Georgi Markov, a communist defector working for the BBC, was jabbed in the thigh with an umbrella that had only two tenths of a milligram of Ricin in the tip. Four days later he was dead, and his assassin was never caught. The Ricin from Castor plant seeds is one of the most feared substances that could be used for a bio-terror agent or weapon of mass destruction, because it is widely available and takes only a tiny amount to kill someone. But we already have something very small in our body that has the same potential to be poison, and the book of James tells us about it.
"Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts...the tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body...it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison."