Summary: I think most of us, especially those of us who went to school when they actually taught these little stories, remember the story of the Boy who Cried Wolf.
The Boy who cried Wolf
I think most of us, especially those of us who went to school when they actually taught these little stories, remember the story of the Boy who Cried Wolf.
For the benefit of those have never heard this story I shall attempt to tell it in it's original transcript.
There once was a boy named Peter, about 10 years old who had the task of watching over some sheep on a hillside just out of town.
Watching sheep for a ten year old boy was rather boring. After climbing rocks, chimbing trees, chasing sheep, and an occasional nap, he would become bored.
What else could he do? "Oh I've got an idea that will create some excitement."
So he climbed up in a tree and starting crying, "Wolf, Wolf, Wolf."
The village people thinking a wolf was about to devour their sheep grabbed their rakes, axes, hoes shovel and ran up the hill to save the boy and the sheep.
But when they got there, Peter sitting a rock laughing uncontrollably.
He got a good spanking from his mom that night, but the next day Peter was up to it again.
Same thing. "Wolf, Wolf, Wolf." Here come the villagers with their weapons ready to pounce upon a ferocious wolf.
Again, they found the sheep peaceably grazing on the hillside with Peter sitting on a rock laughing uncontrollably.
Well, this went on for a few days until the people would pay no attention to Peter's false alarms.
But one day a real, live, vicious, wolf did appear, creeping along ready to attack one of the sheep.
This time Peter cried out, "Wolf, Wolf, Wolf." Finally he was screaming, "Wolf, Wolf, Wolf."
But nobody came! They just thought it was another false alarm from Peter and went on with their business.
Little did they know, just up the hill, the wolf was devouring their precious sheep.
When they finally went to the hillside they found remains of sheep lying everywhere, and Peter? Well, he was up in a tree whimpering and crying.
He said, "I cried out, but nobody came."
That was the short version of The Boy who cried wolf."
Now for the narrative to be revealed!
Now in the real story, the moral of the story was, that if you keep on lying and lying to people, soon they won't believe what you say, even if you are telling the truth.
But I want to turn this around a little and look at this story in a completely diffferent perspective.
In my perspective of the story, there is no lying, but there is complete truth, but only a very few people are believing it.
Turn your bibles to 2 Peter 3: 1-9
2Pe 3:1 ¶ This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3 ¶ Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8 ¶ But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 ¶ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
So the story changes doesn't it? Peter was calling out false alarms and finally when things got back to normal, they didn't believe him when he was actually telling the truth.
Well, the Bible, prophets, preachers, and teachers have been saying for years that Jesus is coming, you had better get ready.
We have been sounding the alarm that the Lord is coming as a thief in the night, unexpected, and all of God's people will be caught up in the air to be with the Lord.
We've been hearing that story for years! Paul taught that Jesus could come at any moment.
He warned the church to be ready. Jesus warned us to be ready.