This is another allegorical tale from Dr. Sproul. This one focuses on the atonement and how Jesus endured the curse of sin to redeem us. A little girl asks her grandpa why medicine, something to make her well, tastes so yucky. In answer, he tells her a story about a great King who enjoyed a close, loving relationship with his subjects until they rebelled and drank from a forbidden well that turned their hearts to stone. The grieved father asks his son, the prince, to drink from a poisoned well in order to save the people. Although he knows it will kill him, the prince is willing. Of course, the king brings the prince back to life. The people’s hearts of stone are healed, and the poisoned well turns to a well full of sweet, clear water.
The story is beautifully told and illustrated. Of course, any allegory of redemption is going to be somewhat inadequate. After all, God didn’t just send his son to rescue us, he came himself as the Son! We have nothing comparable. Still, I think the book gives us a decent illustration to work with and it’s definitely a worthwhile read. Our family really enjoyed it, both the story and the gorgeous illustrations by Justin Gerard.
(Reformation Trust graciously provided me with a review copy of The Prince’s Poison Cup. Our family already owned The Lightlings.)
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