Twenty-two years in the making—both in real life and in the Jurassic World time line, and we finally have the fourth installment of the awesome, deadly dinosaur series.
Who of us hasn’t imagined—at least at some time or another—what it would be like to recreate the terrible lizards that have captured humanity’s imagination for centuries? And now you can behold a 3-D special effects fest that also includes Chris Pratt and Jimmy Fallon!
No super complicated plot lines in this one, either. The park is open and they want to make more money, so they create a hybrid dinosaur from basically the most aggressive parts of other dinosaurs and…
“Probably not a good idea,” says Christ Pratt.
And obviously, he is correct. The new mega-beast is called Indominus Rex, which basically means “untamable king.” This maniacal monster looks like much more than just a clever girl to be sure—and I hope there is one moment in the film where they say, “I don’t think he-saur-us!”
One of the messages of the Jurassic Park series is that when we mess with nature—especially for purposes of personal profit—things can go very, very badly in a hurry. And while I certainly don’t disagree with this premise in the least, I find it interesting that it parallels a storyline from thousands of years ago:
At one time, the whole Earth spoke the same language. It so happened that as they moved out of the east, they came upon a plain in the land of Shinar and settled down.
They said to one another, “Come, let’s make bricks and fire them well.” They used brick for stone and tar for mortar.
Then they said, “Come, let’s build ourselves a city and a tower that reaches Heaven. Let’s make ourselves famous so we won’t be scattered here and there across the Earth.”
God came down to look over the city and the tower those people had built.
God took one look and said, “One people, one language; why, this is only a first step. No telling what they’ll come up with next—they’ll stop at nothing! Come, we’ll go down and garble their speech so they won’t understand each other.” Then God scattered them from there all over the world. And they had to quit building the city. That’s how it came to be called Babel, because there God turned their language into “babble.” From there God scattered them all over the world (Genesis 11:1-9, The Message).
Back in the day, humanity decided to ignore God’s command for them to scatter and build individual communities. Instead, they desired to become famous and control their own destiny. They wanted no bounds on their desires to do evil and fulfill wicked and immoral goals.
In other words, they were like an Indominus Rex!
While the consequences of messing with nature can be severe, it is even worse to rebel in the face of the God who created all nature!
So to prevent humankind from running around the world and destroying everything in its path, God mercifully confused their common language and sent them packing to the four corners of the planet.
But things are no different today, right? We still think we are the big dinosaur on the island, and we forget that there is an Almighty God who could vaporize the universe with just a thought!
Yet in His mercy, He hasn’t continued to confuse our language. In fact, He sent His one and only Son to die for our rebellion, so that we could be reunited at the foot of the cross. Jesus shed His blood for the indominus rex inside us all, so we could bow in love and gratitude to the true King of kings!
So the next time you experience your genetically sin modified nature, and the destructive beast of your pride and rebellion is wreaking havoc on the little island of your life, remember that God is truly in control, and you can regain peace and blessing by claiming this truth:
Brothers and sisters, in light of all I have shared with you about God’s mercies, I urge you to offer your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice to God, a sacred offering that brings Him pleasure; this is your reasonable, essential worship. Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete (Romans 12:1-2, The Voice).
God wants us to live in harmony with ourselves, our planet, and most importantly, with Him. His will is for us to trust in Jesus for salvation and then pour ourselves into knowing Him and making Him known. Isn’t it fantastic that He has rescued us from the hot messosuarus of our Jurassic world and set us free to serve Him?
Flashpoint: Ignite Into Action
How fun it would be to have an adventure on the island in Jurassic World, but I guarantee you that following your calling to live for THE Cause of Christ is an adventure that will last a lifetime!
Accelerant: Fuel for THE Cause
Pray: Father, thank you for sending Jesus to pour out His blood so we can now pour out our lives for You. Give us the courage of a warrior for THE Cause, and lead us to the place where we fully submit to You.
Read: Jeremiah 17:9. “The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?”
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Discussion Guide for Leaders
Want to use this Soul Fuel as a bible study with your students this week? Copy and text them the following: “Ever feel like you’re a dinosaur walking around the island of your life making a mess of things? Read this week’s devo: http://hubs.ly/y0SGsz0”
Big Idea: Jurassic World is a reminder that we all have a sin nature that can only be defeated by the power of the cross.
Key Scripture: Genesis 11:4-9
- Would you visit Jurassic World if you had the chance?
- How are our sin natures very much like a modified dinosaur?
- What holds you back from submitting to God’s perfect will?
- How can you apply this Soul Fuel to THE Cause?