This was weird to me. Word problems were not my stronger suit in math as mentioned to a friend in the last few weekends. The Great Giraffe Challenge had about everyone stumped. Some argued over the answer on line and after the article from ABCNews.
What fairytale were they talking about. Well Rumplstiltskin had a riddle in it. The Miller’s daughter was said to have had the ability to have spun straw into gold. When she ran out of material possessions to give the little imp she promised her first-born child. When she pleaded with the imp not to take her child, he gave her a riddle of guessing his name.
Jesus spoke in riddles or parables to teach his disciples what he wanted them to learn through mental pictures and with a simple message .
Matthew 13:10-17 (KJV) said:
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
How one came up with the right answer depended on how they heard the parable. This was where paying attention to The Great Giraffe Challenge made one a giraffe or not. Some of the 103 comments made after having read the riddle and answered it cried foul when they were told to change their profile picture to a giraffe. God wanted disciples of Christ, not religious nuts.
1 Timothy 2-4 (KJV) in reference to false teachers said:
2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,
4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.
Jeremiah 14:13-15 (NIV) said in reference to false prophets:
13 But I said, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! The prophets keep telling them, ‘You will not see the sword or suffer famine. Indeed, I will give you lasting peace in this place.”
14 Then the Lord said to me, “The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I have not sent them or appointed them or spoken to them. They are prophesying to you false visions divinations, idolatries and the delusions of their own minds.15 Therefore this is what the Lord says about the prophets who are prophesying in my name: I did not send them, yet they are saying, ‘No sword or famine will touch this land.’ Those same prophets will perish by sword and famine.
Granted, some of the Googled answers to the giraffe riddle were wrong. That should’ve taught people that cheaters never prospered. My answer wasn’t right either because the riddle was misread. To have said it was answered correctly by me would have been breaking the ninth commandment about lying. The answer was just s simple as hearing the parables of Jesus.