Rise…and rise again

22 Jun

I’m sure perhaps most of you have heard of, read about or even seen the latest Robin Hood movie starring the acting talents of Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Differing from previous movies and series about the legendary outlaw from Nottingham, this movie attempts to show the birth of the legend and how he ends up roaming freely in Sherwood Forest, ‘robbing the rich, to feed the poor’, along with his Merry Men.

Not quite the look that Russell Crowe went for in the end...

I myself found it to be an interesting take on the myth and it was an enjoyable movie to sit through. However, just in case you’re wanting to click away from this post, it isn’t the start of a monthly Movie Review series on Another King, I only wanted to share with you some thing that I picked up on in the film.

The story follows that Robin Longstride (Russell Crowe), soon to be Robin of the Hood, was part of England’s crusade to the Holy Lands and on the way back, they seek a quick exit across the Channel after their lion-hearted King Richard dies in battle from a stray arrow shot by the French castle’s Cook (some historical facts have been tweaked here for theatrical purposes I presume).Whilst making their way to the Channel, they witness the sight of an ambush, it is here that the story really begins, as Robin and his men unlawfully become Knights and take the Crown back to London. However, Robin is in the company of one of these Knights in his dying moments, and he makes a promise to return his sword to his Father in Nottingham.

No green tights were seen...

So, i’m a big fan of Russell Crowe movies and generally find him inspiring in the roles he plays (A Beautiful Mind, The Gladiator etc.) but i’m not generally a big fan of inspirational lines from movies, especially the ones that come off so very corny. However, the odd line does come across quite well, and grips me, and one such line was given in this Robin Hood film. Upon checking out this sword given to him, Robin discovers a motto that was engraved upon the hilt, (later in the film we find out that it was Robin’s father who introduced it to him), and it reads like this ‘Rise, and rise again, until lambs become lions’.

The message given here, is one of never giving up, and Robin then uses this to go on to, unify England, defeat traitors  and invading Frenchmen whilst getting the girl in the end.

As soon as I got a realisation of what this motto meant in the film, it got me thinking, not about joining a group of bandits and heading for the richest of the rich in Northern Ireland! But about what potential message this has for the Christian in life. I couldn’t help but think back to passages such as Isaiah 65:25 where it says ‘The wolf and the lamb shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like the ox.’ and Isaiah 11:6, ‘The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat.’ This explaining, how when Christ Jesus returns to Earth, the New Heavens and the New Earth will be brought and sin will be no-where to be seen and every thing shall dwell in harmony.

Perhaps in hindsight Robin Hood isn’t the best example to be using but during the film, it made me come up with a new slogan, ‘Rise, and rise again, untill lambs lie with lions’. As Christians, we too should never give up in our pursuit of righteousness and honouring God, we must strive to keep on going, untill Christ returns and we reap the true benefits of his death on the cross for us.

I'd like to say that I drew up this illustration to back up my cleverly designed slogan...but...

Thanks for reading folks!


4 Responses to “Rise…and rise again”

  1. Gary Boal June 23, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    Haven’t seen the film yet but looks good. Enjoyed your review and thoughts!

    ‘Untill lambs lie with lions’ is class

  2. Philip June 24, 2010 at 5:15 pm #

    Good review Ali. Had been thinking about that line myself, interesting to think about it that way!

  3. Daniel Ritchie June 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    Thanks for this review. The film was alright, but nothing to get excited about.

    Do you have any idea about what the source for that quotation is, or what inspired it?

    Just to stir the pot a little, in v. 20 of Isaiah 65 we read “But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed.” Since sinners will still be on the earth in this era, perhaps the conditions of Isa. 65 will be happening a bit earlier than you might expect!!

  4. Daniel Ritchie June 25, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    For anyone interested, I had to write an exposition of Isa. 65:17-25 when I was a student at TNARS. It can be downloaded for free from the link below:


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