Thursday, February 3, 2011

"Duck Amuck" (Ephesians 1:3-14)

(This post is born out of a study I did of Ephesians a few years ago in which we turned to various cartoons to illustrate the truths we were learning.)

“Duck Amuck” is one of the best cartoons ever filmed. It was directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese, the same team responsible for the great “Rabbit Fire” trilogy and the Coyote—Roadrunner shorts. In it Daffy Duck has some trouble with the creator of the short and we laugh at the troubles he goes through as Bugs Bunny torments him.

It could be viewed as an illustration of the reality of God’s sovereignty. We live in a world created by a person. At times it may even feel as though He is putting us through tough times for His pleasure. The truth is that He is a God who has plans for every one of His creation, and He is all about telling great stories of redemption. However, much like Daffy Duck in this short, we have the ability to choose whether we will cooperate with God’s plans, or fight against His complete control.

There is value to this truth once we discover it. Once we see that the world is created and controlled by God, we can have a better life by surrendering to Him. All we achieve when we fight the circumstances we are put through is we end up looking foolish and missing out on the plans God has for our lives.

Can you imagine living in a cartoon world and trying to tell the other characters about the illustrator? They might think you were crazy in spite of the fact that you would be right. This is the “Looney” truth we find in our world and in the Bible. First Corinthians tells us that the Gospel is foolishness or “Looney” to those who are lost. They must have their understanding given to them by God for it to make sense.

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