Even though I know there’s much fantasy to the Star Wars saga, I’m often intrigued by the spiritual implications embedded within the story. I don’t know how much of that George Lucas intended. Every consumer of the story brings personal connections and ideas to the reading/viewing. I’m sure there are folks who have Eastern religious practices that have a different take-away from the story, but from my perspective the very nature of story that I believe God has instilled in each of us as he spoke everything into existence, weaves it’s way through the fibers of all great Epics, including Star Wars. Thus, I can view it in a way that speaks to me spiritually.
I’ve included the youtube link I shared during Sunday’s message here:
In this clip, there are two spiritual implications I take-away from the story I would like to share; (a) who is on our side, and (b) failure comes with unbelief.
In Sunday’s message, we discussed the powerful events that God orchestrated to provide an escape for the Israelites from Egypt, but also a backdrop for demonstrating who He really is. In Exodus 14, God tells Moses to turn off the main road and to take a path that will make Pharaoh believe they are trapped and can easily be recaptured. Standing on the banks of the Red Sea with over a million Israelites screaming for a return to Egypt than to die in the wilderness, Moses answers God’s call to raise his staff and hold his hand over the sea and the sea parts providing a dry path for escape and a death trap for Pharaoh and his army.
Can you just imagine it? We watched this clip from the Prince of Egypt,
and the artists gave us one concept of how that might have looked. I find it difficult to believe that within a few weeks of that event how the people began to doubt and murmur against God. So soon, really? The God who just divided the sea to provide escape and to destroy the tyranny of Pharaoh and his army, is now abandoning you to the desert? Do you really believe that? Come on people!
In Exodus 15, when the Israelites complain, God reminds them of the plagues they witnessed in Egypt. In Exodus 17, they complain again. They revert back to the Egyptian worship of idols in Exodus 32. When Moses sent the 12 spies into the Land of Canaan to get a sense of what they were up against, only two of the twelve reminded the people who they had on their side, even after all they had been through!