Hi frandomly! Welcome to our newly dubbed, Star Wars Wednesdays. What better to kick off than with my favorite Star Wars character, Yoda? This little dude is tough, brave, selfless, wise, and highly in touch with the Force. And he’s super cute, but don’t tell him I said so. 😉 For today’s post, I want to look at a few of Yoda’s quotes and their biblical cousins…
1. Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. ~ Proverbs 29:25 ESV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. ~ Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT
2. Fear is a path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.
For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. ~ 2 Timothy 1:7 ESV
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. ~ 1 John 4:18 ESV
3. Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealousy. The shadow of greed, that is.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, we want you to know what will happen to the believers who have died so you will not grieve like people who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with him the believers who have died. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14 NLT
4. Always pass on what you have learned.
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. ~ Matthew 28:19 -20 NLT
5. You will know [the good from the bad] when you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. ~ Romans 15:13 ESV
…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7 ESV
6. [Luke:] I can’t believe it. [Yoda:] That is why you fail.
Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” ~ Matthew 21:21-22 NLT
7. PATIENCE YOU MUST HAVE my young padawan.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. ~ Psalm 37:7-9 ESV
This is far from an extensive list of all the verses that can be related back to each of these Yoda quotes. However, we’ve made a good start. Are there any verses you see reflected in Yoda’s words which I have not listed here? If so, please share.
Before closing, I feel a small disclaimer needs to be made. All the versions of the Bible we have today are translations. Given that, it is very important not to cherry pick verses from the Bible without studying them in context and against the entirety of the message of the Bible, which is Love. We must read the Bible but, to fully understand it’s depths, we must study the culture of the time, what these words would have meant to those people, what the actual Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic meant, etc. Essentially, don’t take one verse and use it as a whip against yourself or someone else. Grace, love, mercy, kindness, forgiveness, patience, gentleness, self-control, etc. are the fruits of the Spirit. If your interpretation of a verse (or someone else’s) is not making your more and more like Christ, I’d ask myself: Is what I think these words mean actually what God means?
Happy Star Wars Wednesday! May the Force be with you!
**Quotes from: www.yodaquotes.net