1Sa 26:19 Now therefore, I pray thee, let my lord the king hear the words of his servant. If the L-RD have stirred thee up against me, let him accept an offering: but if they be the children of men, cursed be they before the L-RD; for they have driven me out this day from abiding in the inheritance of the L-RD, saying, Go, serve other gods.
Isa 37:31-32 And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward:
For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and they that escape out of mount Zion: the zeal of the L-RD of hosts shall do this.
Jer 29:4-9 Thus saith the L-RD of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;
Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;
Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.
And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the L-RD for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace.
For thus saith the L-RD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be dreamed.
For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent them, saith the L-RD.
I think of all the prophets in all generations of what has made up or been know as ‘America,’ Mr. Grinch is perhaps the most misunderstood and least loved for his contributions to the Diaspora Chassidic movement in the States.
Having successfully infiltrated the heart of a cultic, pagan nationalist movement practicing depravity in such an awful state of denial that it was unable to recognize itself in the mirror or anyone else in its community, the inhabitants of Who-ville aka Tab’erah(Numbers 11:3), were living a desperate lie; wherein they were able to escape accountability and love for one another by claiming everyone a stranger and themselves a people without identity. A brilliant ploy and disguise by anyone’s standards, it was nevertheless a ruse which had a price.
Mr. Grinch brought them the Gospel and Torah and tried with all his might to overcome and convince them of their idolatry and subsequent insanity; their many crimes of passion, plunder, and mayhem which had led to this awful state of grand delusion, by enlightening them with the pure love and sacrifice of a God they could not or would not appreciate and welcome.
Their cultic, pagan ways had so hardened their hearts against all forms of decency and thoughts redeemable that they were unable to meet their captivity with any real resistance of strength of integrity and poise that may have delivered them from the predatory machinations of their awful identity thieving enemy.
Their children, having been immediately duped into child slavery and prostitution of soul by a host of beguiling spirits and idols, they were without a Redeemer/Savior and God in the world.
Enter Rabbi Grinch who, in parts edited out of the original shooting of the film, had entered into their homes, churches, synagogues, streets and town squares preaching the gospel of repentance and faith, eagerly endeavoring to recover a lost people and restore an identity sacred and wholesome with love toward God and one another.
He was, if by any means one may ever claim to have been, a good teacher and friend; an holy seer, who at the last climbed a mountain to seek the L-RD, praying with much supplication and fervor of heart, if by any means he might appease the divine wrath entered in judgment against his people or those he loved in this world so desperately by way of intercession and undaunted, unceasing prayer. He had risked life and limb to steal away the symbols and artifacts of their rampant idolatry and snares aplenty one generation were desperately setting in place to snare and destroy the hearts and minds of the next, with the intent of destroying all evidence against them and perhaps offering burnt sacrifices again in way of appeasement to an Holy and Just and rightly offended God.
Verily a hero; a man of such valor and faith unconquerable the world has never known since perhaps the times of Christ the Messiah Himself!
Of course, we see in the film the time when he is overcome with grief; with such agonizing longing, loneliness and despair that even he believes or seems to believe that his plan was a rash one, a sort of diabolical evil that has stolen away a seemingly nonsensical and therefore harmless pageant of idolatry enjoyed by a slightly lecherous and wayward and a-whoring brood; children gone astray from the womb that he is overcome instead by a quilt-ridden conscience at having committed a wrong where he intended nothing but right.
An authentic believer’s life is such a lonely travail of soul work and the battle a wearying one that all who overcome as surely our Mr. Grinch had are often in the end made so despondent toward God who seems to turn from Mr. Grinch when he needs Him most and has compassion rather upon the people of Who-ville; the very souls Mr. Grinch had sacrificed so much for and worked so hard for to deliver from the same God’s looming wrath that he is left like Jonah with naught but his gourd (which God is soon to bereave him of) and dog companion (he may also loose for lack of wherewithal to pay its licensing fees), a lonely soul with none to comfort him and a God who has suddenly abandoned him.
Then, as the story goes, a miracle happens, or perhaps tragedy of tragedies, his heart turns evil like unto that of the people and he returns to partake and eat his fill of the same idolatrous ways as the people, giving in and even partaking of the sacrificial meals offered to their false gods, and as the story is told, even the God of gods seems to approve of the ending, letting the chips fall where they may, leaving His flock to be scattered and nomadic wanderers in a world of misgivings and injustice, as if He were too aloof and unconcerned to intervene on behalf of the people or His servant, Mr. Grinch.
It is noteworthy that Mr. Grinch retains his identity and sort of becomes a folkish hero of lore and history. He even seems to take the place of honor of his adversary, the indomitable Santee Clawz and no one involved seems to miss the absence of the Christ child either.
Mr. Grinch goes down as the sole conqueror and victor over hordes of hordes of American legions, is beloved of all vagabonds, minstrels, and children of all ages throughout the world.
His former terrorist intent plays out to be genius, turning it around so as to be an act of unparalleled generosity and sincere unfeigned love and charity that has no equal in all our history books and legend.
This Chassidic Master of the Jewish people worked what may be regarded as a greater miracle on the hearts of mankind than even Christ Himself! And he is still widely recognized as the being who saved the American people from a depression they had not known and overcome since the civil war days of Lincoln and company.
Never has anyone so deftly adapted to every situation and circumstance with such heartfelt bravado and ingenuity in every moment of need and necessity as did this sage of sages and hero of the ages!
The Whovillians are to be reckoned as a sort of redeeming paradoxical folk themselves and in their own right own what they may in the hallowed halls of history worth its dust collection brushed away to reveal a secret worth keeping sacred and may lay claim to having experienced God’s inscrutable goodness and marvelous heart sustaining spiritual wonder even as our forefathers in the wilderness trek from Egypt to the Promised Land had.
I’ll liken Mr. Grinch to Joseph of Arimathe’a, who seeking the kingdom of God, sought and was granted from Pilate and the Centurion the right to remove the body of the dead Savior and lay it in a sepulcher for the Sabbath day; bringing and wrapping him in a linen shroud as an Xmas gift, laying him in a tomb and rolling a stone over its entrance, thus sealing his fate as a man of wealth and taste might with uncanny foresight and none remorse in looking back.
And well, we know the remainder and how Mary and the disciples went and discovered His risen goodness and all that Jazz; and mayhap meeting the inspiration of Mr. Grinch’s conversion Himself in the angel that stated:
“Do not be amazed; you seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen. He is not here. He went to Galilee…”
Isa 38:16-19 O L-rd, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live.
Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.
For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.
The living, the living, he shall praise thee, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known thy truth.
Psa 110:1-7 The L-RD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
The L-RD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.
Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
The L-RD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.
The L-rd at thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of his wrath.
He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.
He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up the head.