Beware The Killer Rabbit

All that stood between King Arthur and the Holy Grail was a “harmless” rabbit. Slay the rabbit and his life’s mission would be fulfilled.

One of Knights of the Round Table approaches the rabbit and is brutally killed. Then, the rest of the knights attack the rabbit and suffer a similar fate. Finally, King Arthur yells, “Run away! Run Away.”

Something as harmless as a rabbit may be more than it seems.

Beware the killer rabbit.

TODAY’S READING

2 Kings 18:13-19:37
Acts 21:1-17
Psalm 149:1-9
Proverbs 18:8

INSIGHTS AND EXPLANATIONS

2 Kings 18:13-19:37. The beginning of this reading seems a little confusing. Hezekiah pays tribute to Assyria, which is followed by the Assyrian commanders challenging Hezekiah to a fight. Scholars speculate that these are really two different situations, or that the King of Assyria was trying to press Hezekiah for a complete surrender.

Acts 21:1-17. Verse 4 presents a dilemma: Through the Spirit [the disciples] urged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.”

Paul felt compelled (by the Holy Spirit?) to return to Jerusalem. The disciples sensed from the Holy Spirit that Paul shouldn’t return to Jerusalem.

Agabus confirmed the prophetic message of the disciples in Tyre. Sever persection awaited Paul if he returned.

Either God intended for Paul suffer or Paul disobeyed.

Psalm 149:1-9. I wonder what our churches would look like if we praised God according to the first five verses of this psalm.

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THE WORD MADE FRESH

Judah was in trouble. If you remember, their cousin Israel had just been absorbed into the Assyrian empire. If Judah surrendered, they would be no more and God’s promise of his continued presence and their continued existence would come to an end.

Imagine a country threatening to devastate your country, deport you to another land, and force you to marry their people. How would you feel?

What a perfect set-up!

King Hezekiah could have responded to the threat in a variety of ways:

  • Surrender
  • Rally the troops and die fighting
  • Plead to Egypt to defend them.
  • Run away

But what does he do? He seeks direction from God.

And what does God do?

He delivers them. Like the killer rabbit in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, God overcomes King Arthur-like Assyria.

We need stories like these to remind us that God isn’t impressed by the power of evil. Even when we feel powerless, God has more than enough power to change our situations.

Are you unemployed? He’s got it covered!

Are you experiencing a difficult relationship? God’s all over it!

Do you feel overwhelmed by circumstances in your life? God has you right where he wants you.

He may seem distant, perhaps even as powerless as a rabbit. But remember, he’s a killer rabbit—and no one in heaven and on earth can assert their will over him.

CONVERSATION STARTERS

  1. What spoke to you in today’s reading?
  2. What does the story about Judah’s deliverance tell you about God?
  3. Describe a time when you have felt overwhelmed by a situation–and God miraculously delivered you.

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Michael co-pastors The Neighborhood Church with Eugene Scott in Littleton, Colorado.

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