This past weekend the touring LEGO KidsFest was in Atlanta … we had been thinking about going for months but never bought tickets. Believe it or not, with less than 5 days to go I won 4 tickets via a twitter contest so my wife and I took two of the grandkids. I took over a 100 pictures … if you’d like to take a look at the photo album on Picasa, click here … quite frankly it was brick pandemonium!
So afterwards I had the brilliant idea that I would pick up a small LEGO set, have my grandson Noah put it together and display it on my desk at work along with my family pictures and inspirational reminders.
So Tuesday I set off for the LEGO store … yes, LEGO store and its less than two blocks from the office. As I began shopping, I was pretty certain I would end up with something from the TMNT series (hey, I even researched the characteristics of each Turtle to make sure I got one representative of my character and interests … well, as much as possible … since I’m not a ninja), the Star Wars series or maybe the Creator series. But what I found … no, what I was led to … was so much better.
So after lunch Wednesday, my LEGO master builder set about his appointed task paying close attention to the directions (Yes, I have failed to indoctrinate him to the macho mantra ‘When all else fails, follow directions’)
To me, this battle between the wizards Saruman the White and Gandalf the Grey is a reminder of the battle between evil and good … the battle that occurred between Satan and Jesus in His earthly walk. I won’t claim to know what Tolkien intended … but Scripture reveals that ‘Satan disguises himself as an angel of light’ (2 Cor. 11:14) … reflected by Saruman the White and his staff of light. At the same time, Gandalf the Grey in his simple clothes and wooden staff represents Jesus in the midst of His earthly walk. Also, note the throne in the background … at one point I thought this was suggestive of the battle taking place before the throne of God but a little Bible research revealed something else about the black throne … the throne of darkness … Saruman’s throne. In Isaiah 14:13-14, we are reminded that Lucifer said ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.’ Also, in Revelation 2:13, Jesus declares that He knows ‘where Satan’s throne is … where Satan dwells’. ‘The Wizard Battle’ model reflects the fact … the truth … that in the earthly walk of Jesus, He brought the battle into the domain of darkness … a domain ruled by the ‘prince of the power of the air’ (Ephesians 2:2).
Let me reiterate this is a personal interpretation … a personal reminder.
To most folks, it’s just a toy …
But to me … it’s a LEGO object lesson.
Thank you Lord!