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Reel Talk

Pt. 3 - Rogue One 1

I. Introduction

Any Sci-Fi Fans in the house? I am admittedly not one of those. So, for those of you who are like me that are oblivious to the whole Star Wars scene let me try to explain the plot.

The movie opens by showing former scientist Galen Erso living on a farm with his wife and young daughter, Jyn. His peaceful existence comes crashing down when the evil Orson Krennic takes him away from his beloved family. The scientist is forced to becomes the Empire's lead engineer assigned to develop the most powerful weapon in the galaxy, the Death Star. Darth Vader wants this weapon to destroy the rebellion once and for all. However, years later, Galen sends a message to his now grown daughter that he went to work on the weapon because he knows his involvement is the rebellions best bet to destroy it. So, he plants a virus, that will destroy the weapon. However, the virus must be activated. Jyn joins forces with a spy and eventual love interest, Cassian, and other resistance fighters to get to the Death Star and set in motion its destruction. Together they face overwhelming odds and save the universe and of course give way to another Star Wars movie.

Text: Numbers 20:1-12

In the first month, the entire company of the People of Israel arrived in the Wilderness of Zin. The people stayed in Kadesh. Miriam died there, and she was buried. There was no water there for the community, so they ganged up on Moses and Aaron. They attacked Moses: “We wish we’d died when the rest of our brothers died before God. Why did you haul this congregation of God out here into this wilderness to die, people and cattle alike? And why did you take us out of Egypt in the first place, dragging us into this miserable country? No grain, no figs, no grapevines, no pomegranates—and now not even any water!” Moses and Aaron walked from the assembled congregation to the Tent of Meeting and threw themselves facedown on the ground. And they saw the Glory of God. God spoke to Moses: “Take the staff. Assemble the community, you and your brother Aaron. Speak to that rock that’s right in front of them and it will give water. You will bring water out of the rock for them; congregation and cattle will both drink.” Moses took the staff away from God’s presence, as commanded. He and Aaron rounded up the whole congregation in front of the rock. Moses spoke: “Listen, rebels! Do we have to bring water out of this rock for you?” With that Moses raised his arm and slammed his staff against the rock—once, twice. Water poured out. Congregation and cattle drank. (By the way as an entirely side note and life lesson - people won't care what it costs you as long as they get what they want.) God said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you didn’t trust me, didn’t treat me with holy reverence in front of the People of Israel, you two aren’t going to lead this company into the land that I am giving them.”

"There are all sorts of prisons and I sense that you carry yours wherever you go!"

I just read to you the story of another rebel who resisted an empire. You know the account. Moses, a Jew, destined for death by order of the Pharaoh, is saved by his mother. She puts him in a reed basket to float on the Nile. Rescued by Pharaoh's daughter. Adopted into the Pharaoh's family. Called by God to deliver. He rebels against the empire and kills an Egyptian who was beating a Jewish slave. He is a man caught between two nations. Detached from his family. An outsider on all sides. Free but bound. Rejected by his adopted people. Rejected by his biological family. We fast forward to Numbers 20. Moses, called, anointed and used by God has orchestrated the most shocking and unlikely escape ever recorded in history, perhaps to this day. Now this stuttering, insecure man is leading up to a million people on a journey to the Promised Land. But it becomes clear very quickly that it won't be a quick or quiet journey. Out of Egypt but Egypt isn't out of them. So slaves, who are now free, long for bondage and do what slaves do best . . . Complain and whine. Now they face a dry spell and they cry out to Moses for help.


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