How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
To further cement this week's theme "The lost sheep/ Worth fighting for" let's look at a Disney classic, The Lion King. To the natural man it would seem as just another kid's movie without realizing the spiritual analogy. Let's retrospect for a moment..
Mufasa was king of Pride Rock and all the animals not only feared but respected him. He also had a very jealous brother named Scar. Scar used Simba, Mufasa's only son and heir to the throne to lure his father into a trap and ultimately his death. Similarly, Satan deceives mankind to keep them separated from God with the intention of destroying them. Scar convinced Simba that he was the cause of his father's death and encouraged him to run away. Satan often uses our guilt to make us feel condemned and this causes us to leave our spiritual covering, which makes us vulnerable to the wiles of the enemy, much like Simba did when he ran away from home.
Years later Nala, Simba’s childhood friend, came across Simba in the jungle. She was surprised he was alive and believed he would return home to reclaim his position as king. To her dismay, he renounced his title with no intention of returning home. Sometimes we’ve strayed so far from God that we feel there’s no return and God would not forgive us.
Mufasa appeared to his trusted friend Rafiki (the baboon), and commanded him to remind Simba that he is the son of the king; heir to the throne and that his father lives within him. Simba returned home, dethroned Scar and restored Pride Rock. From a spiritual perspective, we can see how God reaches out to His wayward sons by sending His most trusted servants, whose mission is to remind them of who they are; the power within them and that they are sons of the living God.
Sunrise with Jesus