By Leonard Lauriault
Often, after the day’s work is done, I do a mindless activity like watching movies. Recently, as I was re-watching Jurassic Park, the following thoughts came to me. (Yes, leisure time occasionally gets interrupted by things more profitable. Thank goodness, or God, for VHS and DVD, which keep us from completely missing out on the rest of the story.)
The stage is set when the power gets shut off during a tour of Jurassic Park, interrupting the tour in electric cars and allowing T. Rex to break through his electric fence. One car is occupied by a couple of children and a man who happens to be a lawyer. In the other car are a mathematical logician/philosopher type and an archeologist.
The lawyer, like the hireling in John 10:12, 13, was totally unprepared for the appearance of T. Rex and fled at the first sign of trouble. T. Rex followed his movement, crushed the straw outhouse in which he was hiding and had him for dessert (this isn’t meant to reflect poorly on lawyers in general who diligently prepare to face their adversary and perform remarkably).
The philosopher, then, tried to save the children by drawing T. Rex away, but he didn’t follow the archeologist’s instructions to be still and got himself injured. He represents those who might intend to do what is right, but don’t listen to God, doing more harm than good to themselves and others. The philosopher was saved in the end. This isn’t how it is in reality. If we don’t follow God’s directions, we won’t survive injuries inflicted by Satan without obedience to God.
The archeologist had studied old things and knew how dinosaurs lived and hunted and even how their sensory organs worked. So he remained unharmed in the face of T. Rex. (Isn’t it amazing how much we can speculate from a skeleton?) He represents those who are faithful to the ancient truth, who is Jesus (John 14:6, 7, 24; 1 Peter 4:11; 1:22-25; Jeremiah 6:16-19). This faithfulness saved the archeologist and the children who learned from him and did what he said (OK, I couldn’t resist that, having children of my own, Ephesians 6:1-4; John 6:45; Luke 8:11-15; James 1:21-25).
Since the beginning, people have distorted God’s word to suit their own desires rather than obeying God (2 Timothy 4:3-5; Titus 1:5-16; 2 Peter 3:15-18). We don’t need to face life unprepared or speculate about God’s will and promises because they’re spelled out very clearly (Ephesians 3:4; Romans 7: 7; 1 John 3:4-8). Diligent study and faithfulness to the good news as it was told in the beginning protects us from the adversary (1 John 2:18-25; 2 Timothy 2:14-19; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Peter 5:6-11; James 4:7, 8).
T. Rex was a serpent-like creature from the past the archeologist knew shouldn’t be in the present. Satan is the adversary that shouldn’t be in our presence either (Genesis 3:1-5; Revelation 12:9-11). If we’ll turn ourselves over to God and hold to his instructions and promises, Satan will leave.
After T. Rex left, likely in search of other prey (Job 1:6-8), the archeologist placed the girl near a culvert for her protection and started to go save her brother, who was up a tree. As he turned, the girl said, referring to the lawyer, “He left us!” to which the archeologist replies, “Yes, but I’m not going to, OK. Stay here.” He left, saved her brother, and returned to lead both children to safety, keeping his promise.
We’re the children who need someone to stick with us through thick and thin – one that is prepared to always do the right thing, which is in our best interest. Jesus left but he hasn’t left us alone and he’s promised to return to take us to safety (John 14:1-4, 15-18; Hebrews 13:5-8; Romans 8:9-17; Acts 2:38, 39; Ephesians 4:10-16). To survive interruptions in our tour of eternal life, we must stay in the protected place and then continue on the path God has marked out for us (Exodus 33:24; Psalm 27:5; 12:7; Hebrews 12:1; 1 John 1:5-9).
What tour are you taking? Are you following the ancient path that leads to salvation (Matthew 7:13, 14; Isaiah 26:7)? Are you following the new broad road of your own design that leads to destruction? Or are you just living life totally unprepared for what might arise, hoping that a straw outhouse will save you (1 Corinthians 3:12, 13)?