This winter, the movie, The Hobbit, hits theaters. Many of us will go to the midnight show when it released. So, in preparation, I’ve read The Hobbit, for the fifth time. In fact, I just finished it last night.
In the story, Bilbo Baggins plays a riddle-game with the evil little creature Gollum. The winner gets to live (spoiler alert next sentence!). Bilbo wins but Gollum, in a fit of rage, refuses to show him the way out from under the mountain. You’ll have to read the story for yourself to see how it ends (you probably know already).
There’s a riddle in Proverbs 30:4 that reads, “Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? …Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if you know?” (NKJV). Agur, the one who penned this part of The Proverbs, only knew the answer to the first part of the question: God.
The answer to the second part of that question was revealed when Jesus spoke with Nicodemus in John 3:13, “No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.” Of course, He was speaking of Himself. The answer, therefore, is Jesus.
His story is real. He is King. And He has shown us the way out from under the mountain of our sin.