It’s Tuesday, which means a new episode of Lost. While tonight’s episode is (allegedly) monumental, I had a few thoughts I didn’t put down in last week’s recap.
(If you haven’t watched Lost this season, there are spoilers ahead.)
One thing I thought about after last week’s episode was how the Biblical King David was chosen to be king. He was not perceived to be a king. So much so that even the prophet at the time, Samuel, completely missed it.
When Saul was anointed to be king, the people of Israel thought he had the look of a king. 1 Samuel 9:2 says:
And he had a son whose name was Saul, a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.
And in this interesting passage from 1 Sameul 10:19-24, Saul is getting ready to be proclaimed king to the Israelites. However, he is hiding from the people. He is scared. The people took him from hiding and Samuel says, in verse 24:
“Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen? There is none like him among all the people”. And all the people shouted, “Long live the king”!
Israel had been pining for a king, a king that would meet their idea of a king. They got that in Saul. He had the look of a king, even though he is hiding at the outset of being a king.
Theory: John Locke represents King Saul
Will this come to pass? Who knows? I see a lot of similarities, though. (Like with the numbers, if you look hard enough you can see a connection anywhere.)
Locke has always been considered the next leader/protector of the island. He was the self-proclaimed man of faith, and everyone (character and fan of the show) considered him a true believer of the island. He had the look of someone who would lead on the island. He would embrace his calling.
Yet, King Saul failed as a king. He made unlawful sacrifices, rash vows, and disobeyed the commands of God.
John Locke has done some rash things on the island, made unlawful sacrifices (Boone) and has not always been obedient. And, lest we forget, he’s been called “scared” by Man In Black.
How did King Saul die? Suicide. How did John Locke die? He was murdered, but not before he was stopped from committing suicide.
Who comes after King Saul? David. David is the last person you’d think of to be king, and the last person you’d expect to slay Goliath. Jack Shephard is the last person many of us thought would be a protector of the island, since he was the self-proclaimed man of science.
Yet, here is Jack Shephard, and his talented musician son David, being brought forth from his brokenness as THE candidate. He is the leader. He is the shepherd.
Saul and David had tension throughout their history, as do Locke and Jack.
In the Bible, King David’s low point came with the Bathsheba affair, when he lied, schemed and plotted murder. Has Jack done the same? What did he do to leave the island? He lied, schemed and was willing to murder (pulled the trigger on Locke). What did it bring him? Despair, emptiness, and nearly suicide.
Is Jack suppose to parallel David more so than we think? If so, will Jack slay his own version of Goliath? Will he slay the Man In Black? Will he be the last person we’d expect to take down Man In Black and be the candidate Jacob has been looking for all along? Everyone, including Man In Black, thought Locke would the candidate. They were all wrong.