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Summary: "Ten Troublesome Truths about Sin", looking at Turkish delight from the Chronicles of Narnia. It’s also #6 in my Walking in the Spirit series.

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James 1:13-15 – Ten Tasty Tidbits about Turkish Delight

Well, you’ve been hearing me mention this for several weeks now, but I thought I’d spend some time tonight looking at the Chronicles of Narnia. This is still part of our series on Walking in the Spirit, as well. The Chronicles of Narnia has been a wonderful children’s book for over 50 years, but it also has many Christian aspects to it. It was written by CS Lewis, a Christian thinker you’ve heard me quote many times.

Even though the books were later renumbered, the 1st one in the series was The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, which is also going to be a big movie in December. Today I’d like to look at one aspect of the book/movie that, besides being entertaining, would encourage us to see the dangers of sin. I’d like to look at the truths of the scripture, and at the same time tell a story from LWW. Read passage.

Now, the wardrobe is, if you didn’t know, a large walk-in closet. Over the course of the book, 4 siblings walk into it and end up in a different world called Narnia. But before all 4 children end up in there, one of the boys, Edmund, ends up in Narnia. Let me tell you about Edmund.

Edmund is the sort of kid you just want to smack upside the head. He’s rude and arrogant, and enjoys teasing his younger sister to the point of tears. He has a chip on his shoulders about where he fits into the family, and he generally is disagreeable.

Now, at this point, Narnia is under the spell of the White Witch Jadis. It is always winter in Narnia. What’s more, it is never Christmas. Narnia is constantly under a spell of cold and snow, with never any chance of improvement, as far as people can see. So, when Edmund steps through the door, into the snow-covered forest, he is cold. All of a sudden, he hears sleigh-bells. Which would normally be a good thing in winter, but not this time. The sleigh is driven by 2 reindeer, but is led by a nasty dwarf, and the sleigh is the transportation for the White Witch.

You have to understand, she is evil. Besides keeping Narnia under perpetual winter, she instills fear into the hearts of all the Narnians, and she turns her enemies to stone. When she first sees Edmund, she is abrasive and vile, insulting and demeaning. However, once she realizes he is not just a beardless dwarf but rather a human, she changes her tune. You see, there is a prophecy that says 4 human children would come and rule Narnia. So if Jadis can capture one of those children, or better yet all 4, she would not need to afraid of that prophecy.

So she softens towards Edmund. She gives him a hot drink, and then asks if he would like anything to eat. Edmund’s thoughts go to a traditional chewy candy eaten at Christmas that British children have enjoyed over the years – Turkish delight.

By giving Edmund this Turkish delight, she is able to manipulate him into trying to get his siblings to go to her castle. This Turkish delight is even slightly narcotic, addictive and deceptive. Turkish delight leads Edmund to go places he never imagined.


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Gordon A Ward Jr

commented on May 10, 2012

Very nicely put and to the point. EASILY understood by all. A good length for others held too time restrictions by renting.

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