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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Persuasion (not about the book) (09/01/11)

TITLE: Red, the Wolf and the Huntsman
By Gloria Grenada


There is a `fairy tale’ story called Red Riding Hood.

In this story there is a good mother, a well-loved grandmother, an innocent girl in a red coat, a devious lying wolf and a `sharp’ huntsman.

The themes of this story include the persuasion of an innocent girl to take the wrong path; but there is victory for her at the end of the story.

There are many Biblical parallels in this story.

Red is sent on an errand to her grandmother’s house and she is told not to wander off the path. On her way she is seen by a cunning wolf whose intent is to consume her.

He deceives her into wandering into the wood. Red is well intentioned because she has a desire to get flowers for her grandmother. She is persuaded to trust the wolf and disobey her mother.

As she goes deeper into the woods and further from the path, the flowers get prettier…

We know that the wolf went on ahead of her and eats Grandma. He dresses himself in her clothes and gets into her bed. He saves Red for later.

When we next meet the wolf he is in Grandma’s bed. He persuades Red that he is her Grandma and to come closer, and then he eats her up too.

Wolf has eaten two people and he is replete. In his gluttony he overreaches himself and he lays down and goes to sleep, loudly snoring.

The astute woodsman hears him and enters the home, cuts him open and releases his `prisoners’.

He set the prisoners free…

Red and grandma are both alive.

Red is never again deceived by a wolf, and never persuaded to stray off the path.

The woodsman redeems Grandma and Red. They are alive again.

What does this remind you of?

Red represents a young Christian or a young `sheep’ on the path of life. Contrary to the wise advice of her mother who reminds me of The Holy Spirit, she wanders off the path into the woods; pursuing something `bright and beautiful’.

The wolf represents her flesh, the world or the voice of the enemy of her soul. For a short time the wolf has her.

But there is a huntsman; he is a savior which is a picture of our Good Shepherd who is the Lord Jesus Christ. He sets her free. The huntsman has authority over the wolf.

Red is no longer under the wolf’s oppression and she learns to recognize a deceiver and lies.

Throughout the Bible, `sheep’ is used to describe the character of the children of God and the children of Israel.

Sheep are timid, easily led astray easily and in desperate need a good shepherd to keep them out of trouble.

One characteristic of Our Lord Jesus Christ is The Good Shepherd {HaRo’eh } who loves, protects, defends, feeds, and dies for His flock of sheep.

Jesus Himself was sent to the `lost sheep’ of Israel; which are the children of Israel [Matthew 15:24].

The prophet Isaiah in a prophecy about the Messiah’s coming describes people as sheep. He wrote, ` All we like sheep have gone astray, each of us have turned to his own way’ [Isaiah 53:6].

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus sends out His disciples `….like lambs into the midst of wolves’. [Luke 10:3]. Triumphantly He declares in the parable of the lost sheep `Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost’ [Luke 15:6]

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C D Swanson 09/08/11
Nice comparison and analogy here! I thought this was pretty clever, good job. God Bless~
PamFord Davis 09/13/11
Simply beautiful! Thanks for sharing what the Holy Spirit revealed through God's word.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 09/13/11
Nice analogy. I like the way you made me think of the story in a new way.