The six-fingered man

My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die. 

This famous line comes from the movie “The Princess Bride.” Inigo Montoya is a on a quest to avenge his father’s death. So he rehearses this line over and over again to get himself ready to face the six-fingered man who killed his father. He travels long distances to find the man. He doesn’t know who he is, but he knows that this guy has six-fingers. When they finally meet face-to-face, Inigo recites his rehearsed line to the six-fingered man.

As I was reading in my Bible today, I came across another guy who Inigo Montoya may have wanted to fight to the death. Check it out.

1 Chronicles 20:6-8  6 In still another battle, which took place at Gath, there was a huge man with six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot—twenty-four in all. He also was descended from Rapha. 7 When he taunted Israel, Jonathan son of Shimea, David’s brother, killed him. 8 These were descendants of Rapha in Gath, and they fell at the hands of David and his men.

Way to go Jonathan! Inigo would be proud. This guy with 24 fingers and toes was huge – a giant. Verse 6 tells us that he was a Raphite. You know who else was a Raphite? Goliath. Now maybe you remember a story about a young man named David and a giant named Goliath. Israel was afraid of Goliath; no one wanted to fight him. But David stepped up in courage and faith. With only his sling and a rock, he took out that giant. Yes, David was the giant killer!

It seems that David did more than just kill one giant. He set off a chain reaction down his family line. Because when we look here in 1 Chronicles, we see that more giants would fall at the hands of David’s family members. We see them fall by those under his command. The victory over Goliath went beyond David and into the next generation.

You may have giants you are facing. You may be unsure if the fight is worth it. It is! Because your victory is more than your victory. It is a victory for generations to come. You can do more than be a giant slayer. You can raise up a generation of giant slayers. So go to battle, take out the giants of sin in your life. Take out addiction that has been plaguing your family for generations. Slay those giants not only for yourself, but for you children, your grandchildren, and for generations to come.

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

John 8:25  25 “Who are you?” they asked.  “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied.

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

It has to be one of the best movie lines of all time.  It is from “The Princess Bride,” a movie classic.  I am sure we have all seen it and have quoted lines from it over and over again.  Lines like, “inconceivable and anybody want a peanut?”  But the one that stands above the rest for me is this: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”  Here you have this man, Inigo Montoya, on a quest to avenge his father’s death.  He must find the six fingered man, end his life, and all will be well with the world.  And when he is asked, “who are you?” his reply is simply this classic movie line.  Over and over again he repeats it to anyone who will listen to his story.

And for some reason, John chapter 8 reminds me of Inigo Montoya.  Here you have the Jews asking Jesus over and over again, “who are you?”  He answers them.  They ask him again.  He answers them again.  Here in verse 25, his reply is simply that he is who he has been telling you he is from the beginning.  His answer hasn’t changed.  He is the Son of God.  He has been sent by the Father.  And it would continue on for the rest of his life.  He would be asked again and again who he was.  His answer never changed.  He was who he claimed that he was.  But his mantra would be different from that of Inigo Montoya.  He would probably say something like, “Hello. My name is Jesus Christ.  I have been sent by my Father.  Prepare to live.”

You know what?  I am prepared to live.  I don’t want to just believe in Jesus or talk about Him.  I want to live in Him.  I want to know Him.  I want to take what he said and let it be life to me.  So today, I am going to listen carefully to his answer to this question of who are you.  I am going to receive his freedom and his life.  He said it: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (verse 36)  Let’s receive him for who he is and for what he said he would do.  Let’s be ready to live today!