Last shadow

Last shadow

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son. – Colossians 1:13

John 8:12 Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

John 3:19 “This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.

All fans of Avatar recall the feared and legendary Toruk, the apex aerial predator of Pandora. Toruk had a central place in the lore and culture of the indigenous people of Pandora, the Na’vi. It was celebrated and dreaded for its nobility, power, beauty, and domination of the air.

The name Toruk was roughly translated as “last shadow.” It flew high above the canopy of the forest and all of the other flying creatures. It’s method of attack was from above. Its shadow was the last thing its victims would see. Apparently, the preferred item on its menu was fresh, raw mountain and forest banshees. Recall that the banshees were also bonded companions and the flying “horses” of the Na’vi.

Toruk had only one limitation, it was unable to see directly above. But most the time that was no problem. As the apex aerial predator of Pandora and had no need to watch for attackers.

This weakness was exploited by Jake Sully. He flew his banshee high above, and jumped down on the back of Toruk. Next thing you know, Jake had bonded with it. Toruk now followed Jake’s commands. Jake flew it back to the Omaticaya clan command center. He was acknowledged and acclaimed as Toruk Makto, “Rider of Last Shadow.”

According to Na’vi faith history, only during times of great sorrow, will a Toruk Makto emerge to lead the Na’vi to victory over their enemies. A Toruk Makto had not appeared among the Na’vi in four generations. Only five have managed that feat in the long history of the Na’vi. Jake becomes the sixth person to bond with the creature. The Na’vi now had air superiority and control the skies. The rest is history, well imaginary history.

Darkness always precedes the light. Consider creation.

Genesis 1:1-2

 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep.

But darkness is only temporary and does not last. The darkness is vanquished by the light

Genesis 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.

The Father commands both the darkness and the light. The Father often uses momentary darkness to accomplish His purpose. It was dark, very dark, perhaps the darkest of all nights when the Lord Jesus Christ was taken prisoner to face trial, condemnation, mocking, and death on the cross.

It was the enemy’s time. The evil one executed his wicked plan. The enemy thought he could destroy the Lord of Life and thwart the Father’s eternal redemptive plan. What a totally irrational, if not insane, idea! Can anyone kill the Lord of Life? But evil minds, even very powerful ones, are twisted.

Yet, that was the enemy’s plan. “In that hour the evil powers of darkness, Satan and his henchmen (men and spirits alike), are being permitted by God to bring the Son of the Highest down into the grip of humiliation, suffering and death” (Geldenhuys).

The Father has ordained in His infinite wisdom that now and then darkness will have its hour. But it is only an hour and it will indeed pass. What the Father has decided will certainly come to pass. His eternal plan cannot be thwarted by any created force. Resistance is futile.

John 12:27 “Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, Father, save Me from this hour? But for this purpose I came to this hour.

John 14:30 “I will Not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me;

Luke 22:53 But this hour and the power of darkness are yours.

REFLECT & PRAY
 

Some of the Father’s creatures hunt to live. The outcome, most often, does not turn out well for the prey.

Father encourage me to look up. Help me to remember that dark times will come, but they will never last.

INSIGHT

The death of the Lord Jesus Christ was necessary to bring salvation and resurrection life to all mankind. All of the anguish, sorrow, and grief of that horrible night dimmed with time. Had it not been recorded in the Scriptures; it might have been forgotten.

Darkness was vanquished by light, death was conquered by life

John 16:20 “Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.

As reasonable people, we ask why? Why would the Father choose such a grotesque and violent means to bring about redemption? We may never know why. And in the end, it will not really matter. What we can be certain of is that of all the possible strategies and permutations to bring about eternal salvation to the fallen human race, this particular one was the choice of the Father and the Son.

Colossians 1:13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.

The term translated darkness is skotos in Greek. Simply speaking, darkness is the absence of light. But darkness also a realm of existence dominated by evil, sinfulness, and ignorance of the Father and His ways. Darkness is the enemy’s territory. The Father has granted the devil and his demons limited authority over darkness.

Ah but the enemy of our souls has the same weakness as Toruk, he does not look up. He is oblivious of what might be above him. He is totally unaware and unsuspecting of Who is coming from heaven to end his reign and dominion over him the earth. One day he will cease to be the apex predator of our spirits and souls.

Matthew 24:30 Then will appear in heaven the sign of the Son of Man, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

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