“Read The Rules”

In the winter, Mollie and I always stay at a hotel when visiting our kids in Missouri. It has an indoor pool, hot tub, beds the grandkids can bounce on for hours on end and a nice complimentary breakfast. However, four years ago, on this particular Sunday morning, our “sleep-over grandkids” wanted Burger King© French toast for breakfast or at least my ten-year-old granddaughter, Savannah did. Max, my four-year-old grandson was in total agreement only because of their wonderful play land.

We entered the restaurant and those two immediately hit on their Papa Hal for the action toys and the “Burger King Crown” which Max pushed down around his ears. The French toast was picked at and the play land lasted longer than Papa Hal really wanted to stay—finally off we go to our daughter’s house to deliver the kids and spend the rest of the day being lazy. On the way, in the rear view mirror, I noticed Savanna reading something to Max. It was something written on the inside of the crown, but I didn’t catch what was being said.

We walked into the house, sat down all the kid’s junk, then watched Max as he approached his dad and pull the remote control from his hand. He then changed the channel from a fishing show (my son-in-law is the reason all those boring fishing shows are on television) to his favorite program. He proceeded to sit down in the floor and watch Sponge Bob Square Pants. My son-in-law, Roger, told him to give the remote back and without hesitation, Max told him “NO.” When my daughter, Dee Dee told Max to give it back–again, he declared very emphatically, “NO, I’m watching cartoons.” This attitude of course called for a visit to the bathroom (better known as the “woodshed”) for an adamant little boy name Max. He needed an attitude adjustment.

Realizing he was in trouble, Max began to tear up. When Dee Dee asked him why he was acting so disrespectfully to his dad, he pointed to the crown on his head and said, “Read the rules Mom.” “Read what,” She asked him.” Again, he pointed to the “Burger King Crown” and with tears in his eyes cried, “Read the rules Mom.” She removed the crown from his head and in shock, slowly read the message on the inside of the crown.

It read:

  • There can only be one king.
  • The King always gets his way.
  • The king makes all the important decisions governing the selection of TV channels, movies, radio stations, as well as popular activities like snowboarding, pool hopping and cow tipping.
  • The king determines who gets the remote, who rides shotgun and of course who has to pay for everything.

My daughter came out of the woodshed/bathroom in tears, trying not to laugh, knowing that she could not spank her son or even harshly correct him when his little four-year-old heart had simply been following the rules.

Isaiah 59:19 says, “…When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” I believe the standard that is raised is the Word of God and God’s Words are the “rules of life.”

This caused me to ponder how much better off we would be if we didn’t argue with Satan, but just told him to read the rules. Let’s read together, some of the rules on the crown of our King.

Matthew 4:1-11 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.

But he answered and said, (Read the rules Satan) It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,

And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.

Jesus said unto him, (Read the rules Satan) It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;

And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

Then saith Jesus unto him, (I’m telling you for the last time Satan, read the rules) Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Although Max was acting according to the rules, I still think I may write Burger King a nice little letter about their RULES!

  Pastor Hal Steenson

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4 thoughts on ““Read The Rules”

  1. Another of life’s lessons. There are all kinds of rules and one must determine who the author is. Obedience is essential to spiritual growth but the obedience must be directed and is due only to laws that are righteous.
    The enemy would have us engage him in dialogue as he did with Jesus. Our script has already been written by our Lord. and all we have to do is to be able to quote it (the Scriptures) because it’s wisdom far exceeds ours. It worked for Jesus and it will work for us. Thank you Hal for another wonderful life lesson.
    Roy

    • Thank you Roy. What you wrote is very powerful,“Our script has already been written by our Lord.” I might add, “Never adlib.”
      Keep The Faith,
      Hal

  2. Hi Hal,
    I have heard so many interact with this master of deception who continually is plotting our destruction, he who has had thousands of years to learn our weaknesses. We are fool hardy to think we can fight such an enemy by interacting with him. God has given everything we need in Ephesians 6. The whole armor of God that we are to don everyday. We deal with the evil one by taking the “sword of the spirit”, which is the word of God, the “It Is Written” just as our precious Savior did! Thanks my friend!
    With His Love, and mine,,,,,Dixie

  3. THANKS! I believe God gives you Divine Appointments and Experiences so you can pass them on to others to encourage and enlighten them. Thanks for allowing Him to use you.
    Norma

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