Study Guide: Run for Cover

Sunday September 28, 2008 | Dwayne Polk

Focus Scripture:

Brief Summary:

To whom do we run when we are need? Where do we place our trust when we need protection? There are many things in this world that offer safety and shelter, but only in Jesus can we find true shelter, peace and love.

Extended Summary:

Herod Antipas was the son of Herod the Great and the Roman appointed of Judaea. Like his father, he ruled by politics and cunning. Even though he identified himself a Jew, it was often just used for political expediency. Fleecing his own people to death for his own gain…and Rome’s benefit.

Why did Jesus call him a fox? His desire to kill and predate demonstrated his foxiness. Also foxiness means seductiveness, cleverness. People like Herod try to get good ends through foxy means.

Herod was a person they were supposed to be able to trust, he’s preying on the people. And the person that is the despised supposed problem person is the Son of God himself wanting to SAVE the people. Jesus provides an image of the kind of care and protection He desires to give God’s people, that of a hen covering her chicks with her wings. We are to envision Jesus providing us with this kind of covering.

This is an image that comes directly from Psalm 17:6-9

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me;

turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.

Show me the wonders of your great love,

you who save by your right hand

those who take refuge in you from their foes.

Keep me as the apple of your eye;

hide me in the shadow of your wings

from the wicked who are out to destroy me,

from my mortal enemies who surround me.

Talk about what “shadow of wings” means… According to the IVP Bible Background Commentary for the Old Testament, the description of a person taking refuge in the “shadow of the wings” of a deity is a consistent theme that deals with “care and protection connected with the covenant.” This is an image that can help us trust God so that we call on the Lord for help.

He calls out for us to run for cover to Him, but we are lured and devoured by the foxes. He mourned this situation, and Jesus looks at our situation today, He still mourns.

God wants us to stretch out for Him, so that we can see and experience His saving power in our broken situations. We can trust Him to take care of us when our human systems just can’t or won’t. Lehman Brothers? Bank of America? Having good credit? Only solid, stable protection is God.

To put this running to the wings of Jesus into practice there are few things that we can do:

  1. Admit your own tendencies to be lured into “foxiness,” our penchant for self-protection and fear.
  2. Pray for our “foxy” leaders and establishments.
  3. Take shelter under Jesus’ wings through calling on Him everyday.

Reflection Questions:

  1. What stands out to you from this passage
  2. Why do we tend to put our trust in people and system that cannot protect us even though they are inherently “foxy”?
  3. How do you respond to Jesus’ desire to protect you under His wings?
  4. Has there been a time in your life when you felt this protection?
  5. In what area of your life do you need to bring under Jesus’ covering?
  6. What do you sense God speaking to you right now?