Posts Tagged ‘Yoda’

Verse 7: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

I can think of several analogies that this verse brings to mind, such as the scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, when Indy has to make the “leap of faith” across a large chasm to save his father. I think of an old, dear friend of my wife and mine, who, although physically blind, can see better through her walk of faith than you and me. How about the scene from The Empire Strikes Back, when Luke fails to lift his massive X-wing fighter out of the swamp using the Force, sees Yoda do it when he failed, and says to him, “I don’t believe it”…and Yoda replies, “That is why you failed.”

But today, I think this is a good verse to claim when confronted by the world-wide pandemic we’re living in. Experts come on TV daily with predictions and charts over where hotspots will wane or where “the curve flattens out”. Governors talk about when it will be safe to resume certain activities and not others, all hoping to restart their economies without risking a resurgent outbreak of the coronavirus infections. Just like some things in our lives, we can’t see what the future holds with great certainty.

But I know Who holds the future, and it is faith in Jesus Christ to bring us through. We’ll get through this…through Him.

Something to think about.

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1 Timothy 4:11 “These things command and teach.”

Qui-Gon Jinn to Obi-Wan Kenobi
Yoda to Count Dooku
Obi-Wan Kenobi to Anakin Skywalker
Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke Skywalker
Yoda to Luke Skywalker

Any fan of the Star Wars franchise will recognize the relationships mentioned above. They are the relationships of a Jedi Master to his padawan (apprentice). Each Jedi master would instruct a padawan in the ways of the Jedi and the Force. For those who listened and didn’t turn to the dark side of the Force, they in turn would eventually become the teacher to a new apprentice. Certain lessons were taught; others were commanded.

Thinking and meditating on this verse reminds me of the Great Commission: when Jesus told his disciples to go into the world and make disciples of all the nations. Here, Jesus tells his remaining eleven disciples what He wants them to do: to share and to tell all that they have learned from Him. In turn, what they tell others will be shared. The same things Jesus taught and commanded them are taught and commanded to us today.

So, for your information: these things command and teach.

Something to think about.

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Verse 33: “The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.”

For those Star Wars fans who read this, you will remember Episode 5: Luke Skywalker sees a vision of Ben Kenobi telling him to go to Dagobah, to learn the ways of the Jedi from the great Jedi Master, Yoda. Upon crash-landing on Dagobah, Luke is greeted by a very short, unimposing, aged creature who claims to know Yoda. Taking Luke back to his home, this small alien seems oblivious to Luke’s impatience and frustration at trying to find Yoda, much to Luke’s consternation. It is not till Luke overhears the alien speak in a more authoritative tone (and speaking with Ben’s ghost), that Luke realizes he is in the presence of the very Jedi Master himself! His attitude immediately changes.

Our pride, ego, and arrogance often times get us in trouble…or at the very least, leave us with foot-in-mouth syndrome and the accompanying embarrassment. Solomon is stating this in no uncertain terms above. Do you wish to learn wisdom from the Source? Then you better fear (respect) the Source! You’d best come humbly, as the Lord does not look favorably on the proud. God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Spirit: our triune God, the Three-in-One. He wants to be your friend and teacher, but before you can treat him like that…you have to acknowledge that…He…is…God! He is the LORD! And if you truly cannot think of anything else to thank Him for this Thanksgiving…thank Him that He is the great I AM.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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