Big Idea

God is a perfect, loving Father for us.

Scene Setup

Since Jane Foster accidentally stumbled upon and awoke the Aether, Thor has taken her to Asgard for protection and healing. But by doing so, he has led his own people into danger. The Aether inside Jane awakens Malekith, the leader of the Dark Elves, and he travels to Asgard to destroy the land and reclaim his weapon. The Asgardians are caught completely unaware, and suffer great losses for it. Their prisoners are freed, their shields are broken, and Frigga, Thor’s mother, is killed in a battle with Malekith to protect Jane. In an attempt to protect the Nine Realms, Odin has ordered Jane to be put under arrest so that Malekith cannot get to her and the Aether.

Topics

Protect, Family, Faithfulness, Disappointment, Fathers

Scene

Odin and his advisors stand among the wreckage in the Asgardian throne room, surveying the damage and Asgard’s nearly defenseless state. Thor angrily interrupts their conversation to confront his father about Jane’s imprisonment. At this point, Odin clears the room so that he and Thor may talk in private. Neither of them wishes to fight with each other, but Thor makes it clear that he plans to pursue Malekith to destroy him once and for all. However, Odin disagrees. “We have the Aether,” he tells Thor, “Malekith will come to us.” But Thor worries about the well being of his people. He tells his father that it’s a better idea for him to take Jane and the Aether to another planet to lure Malekith away from Asgard. There, when Malekith attempts to pull the Aether out of Jane, Thor can destroy the weapon and Malekith. But Odin will have none of it. He thinks the risk of the weapon falling into Malekith’s hands is too great. Instead, Odin will attempt to fight Malekith on Asgard, even in their weakened state. “If and when he comes, he and his men will fall on ten thousand Asgardian blades.” With this, Thor becomes frustrated, and points out the sacrifice Odin is preparing for. “And how many of our men shall fall on theirs?” Upset at being questioned, Odin roars in reply, “As many as are needed!” The effort takes a toll on Odin’s heart, and he gasps in pain and sits down to catch his breath. “We will fight,” he continues, “to the last Asgardian breath, the last drop of Asgardian blood.” Thor stands there, disappointed in his father’s decision to unnecessarily sacrifice the lives of his people. “Then how are you different from Malekith?” Thor asks him pointedly. Odin responds by laughing scornfully. “The difference, my son, is that I will win.”

Application

Thor’s disappointment in his father’s rule is palpable -- he sees that Odin has lost sight of the value of the lives of his people. In his mind, nothing else matters but defeating Malekith and his army of Dark Elves. He’s willing to sacrifice the lives of his own soldiers, and even innocent civilians, to achieve that goal. And Thor sees the failing in his father’s views. It’s normal to be disappointed by the people who are called to love and protect us the most. Whether that’s your parents, your best friends, a teacher, or a mentor, the people that we place our faith in are human, and they’re bound to fail eventually. Like Odin, they can make choices we disagree with, lose sight of their ultimate purposes, and let us down when we need them most. But thankfully, we have an ultimate Father who isn’t human, and will never let us down. The Bible refers to God as a Father over 180 times in the New Testament alone. He is called the “Father of all” in Ephesians 4:6. And when we accept Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins, we join his family as adopted sons and daughters (Galatians 4:5-7). So, if God is our Father, what can that tell us about Him? First, we can know that He is faithful and trustworthy. Numbers 23:19 explains this clearly, saying, “God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” This means that we can put our faith in Him to be consistent. We don’t have to worry about Him dropping the ball or messing up, because His character is perfection, and He does not change. Second, we can know that God is loving. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 paints a picture of God as our comforter through any affliction. Because He is our father, He will love us like His children. We can trust that He will always care for us and do what is best for us. He even sacrificed His own Son to make a way for us to be in relationship with Him. Finally, we can know that God will protect us. Unlike Odin, God is willing that none should perish (Matthew 18:14). He values his children like the shepherd that leaves his flock to search for the wandering sheep (Matthew 18:12-13). We can trust that God will protect us, that His will for us is good, and that He will not hurt us or fail us. God is our perfect father, and we can rejoice in being called His children.

 

Where To Find


Scriptures

Ephesians 4:6

Galatians 4:5-7

Numbers 23:19

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Matthew 18:14


Video Times

Start: 0:53:51

End: 0:55:50


Keywords

Father, Fathers, Disappoint, Disappointment, Disappointed, Faith, Faithful, Faithfulness, Family, God's Family, Protect, Protection, Perish


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