All the king’s horses and all the king’s men

by DanWolgemuth on September 30, 2016

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

The earliest version of this well known nursery rhyme was published in Samuel Arnold’s Juvenile Amusements in 1797. The primary content has remained the same for over two hundred years.

It was last weekend that I heard Tony Evans (Pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas) construct a unique paraphrase of this work. A 2 minute and 41 second rendition that I commend to you here:

A great fall.

Futile attempts at restoration.


Really? This is the content we pour into the pliable souls of our children and grandchildren?

It begs for a closing chapter, an encore.

Jesus said it clearly, “…apart from me you can do nothing.” Nothing.

Not the king’s horses. Not the king’s men.



No Band-Aid will suffice. No epoxy can repair. No political candidate can restore.

Only the power of Jesus. To make new. To create again.

But the king had friends who knew what to do.
They carried Humpty Dumpty back to the Creator.
He loved Humpty so much that he took the broken pieces of his life.
The chards, the chaos, the confusion, and the hopelessness…
And he restored Humpty to the Masterpiece he was designed to be.

No cracks or glue or fractures… but new. A wiser Humpty. A redeemed Humpty. A humble Humpty.

All the king’s horses.
All the king’s men.


But God. Through faith in Jesus.

Together again.

We are living in this nursery rhyme.

Our default position is to lean on the king’s horses or the king’s men.

Jesus has the words of life. For Humpty. For me. For you.

So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Romans 8:1-2 NLT

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