Just the name Cruella de Vil is enough to make you shudder. Whether you’re reading the 1956 novel by Dodie Smith, enjoying the 1961 Disney animated movie, or the more recent, 1996 live action film, Cruella warrants the loathing she receives by viewers. She is aptly named for the quality of her character.
Who could possibly dream up so dastardly a deed as turning cute little Dalmatian puppies into fur coats? Cruella…cruel, heartless, Cruella. She’s a character we love to hate because her plans are so decidedly evil.
As the story unfolds, Cruella is able to steal 84 Dalmatian puppies and hide them on her estate. But she’s not satisfied. She also has to have Pongo and Perdy’s 15 pups. In the ensuing action, she manages to steal the pups while Pongo and Perdy are being walked in the park. But the dogs escape and Cruella has to try to recapture them.
Cruella manages to find the farm where the dogs are hiding and she sets out to capture them once again. As the viewers all want, Cruella is completely outwitted by the pups. In her attempts to catch them she ends up in a vat of molasses. And, if that were not enough, she falls through the window into a pig sty (fitting location for her). Shortly after that, the constabulary comes and arrests Cruella and her henchmen, Jasper, Horace and Skinner. In one final, fitting event, Cruela picks up what she thinks is her purse, only to be sprayed by a skunk in the back of the police van.
Cruella gets what she deserves. She’s ultimately given what she has coming and movie goers get the feeling of justice being achieved.
Text: Micah 6:16
Listening to the Text
These questions are specifically designed to help you look at the text more carefully.
- Read 1 Kings 16:25, 26, 30-33. What are the key sins of Kings Omri and Ahab?
- God intended His people to be a blessing, instead, they were a hissing. How might have God felt about that reversal?
Applying What We’ve Heard
These questions are to help you see how the text applies to you and others.
- Describe a time when a loved one didn’t live up to your hopes and expectations. How did you feel?
- How do you suppose God feels when we fail to live up to His desire for us?
Father, those of us who are parents sometimes feel the sting of disappointment. Our children do what we hope they won’t do. They fail to do what we long for them to do, and it hurts. You must hurt terribly. We, your children, seem to constantly fall short of what you dreamed for us. Instead of our neighbors seeing us as a blessing, they hiss at our low values and faulty life. Forgive us. God, we want to bring a favorable impression of you to our world. We want people to love you. So, Jesus, clean us up, please. Re-create us into the image you desire. Move us to look like you. Spirit, empower us to follow closely what you desire. Speak to us, as often as necessary, that we might faithfully present the Father with a quality life. Amen.
Listening to Jesus
Read: John 8:39-47
We reflect our parentage even as Jesus did. He looked like and acted like His Father. In this case, He was accusing others of looking like their father as well. Since they were guilty of doing evil, they must have an evil father. We become what we worship, and they were worshiping like those who did not know God.
Responding in Life
- Spend time with a friend and talk about whether or not your life is reflecting our Father in Heaven.
- Confess to that friend where you need to grow and develop.