Day 14, and we have a Geonosian Starfighter, also known as the Beakwing Fighter and Nantex-Class Territorial Defense Starfighter. These ships were know for their speed and agility, and were fit for Geonosians. They were too difficult to fly for a human. The Geonosian Starfighters were used at the Battle of Genosis in Attack of the Clones.
Speed and agility, it makes sense an enemy would value that in combat. Sometimes people will use a variant of “criminals move faster than the laws can keep up” when making a point about the advancement of technology or something else. There is truth in that. Look at the Internet. There is a lot of good provided by the Internet, but also a lot of evil and injustice. As governments figure out ways to crack down on evil and crime taking place via the Internet, many criminals continue to leverage loopholes and look for edges for their own personal gain. Often at the expense of others.
Speed and agility. It’s something we see surrounding the Nativity. We discussed before the responses of certain people within the Nativity story. Not just the responses, but the speed of them. Focusing in on Joseph, he was quick to move and adapt to ever-changing plans.
And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, andyou shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,
–Matthew 1:19-24a (ESV)
Immediately after the dream, Joseph takes (marries) Mary. He could have delayed a bit, but quickly acted. This probably shielded her, to a degree, from additional gossip and unjustified criticism. Heck, it could have prevented her from much worse. From what we’ve discussed before, evil was lurking. Joseph had to move just as fast to outwit evil.
We see this again in chapter two.
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt
–Matthew 2:13-14 (ESV)
Again, evil is coming after them, and whatever plans they had have to be changed. Joseph moves his family with speed and agility to evade capture and death.
Speed and agility. Some might say it’s not important in a fight, but it wasn’t Joseph’s strength or power that saved him and his family. It was his quickness in responding to God and adapting to course corrections. We see it one more time in Matthew 2.
But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene.
–Matthew 2:19-23 (ESV)
Speed and agility, two traits we should consider more often when combating evil. Evil will always be looking for an edge, so we need to make sure we are being proactive and adapting to the ever-changing culture. Jesus was like this as well. He was proactive in establishing his Kingdom. Depending on the situation, culture, or people, he would adapt his message for maximum effect.
There was never a formula to combat evil, which is something some churches have not learned. They will try and use outdated methods in today’s world which leads to ineffectiveness and marginalization. Yes, there is always love, but how Jesus loved varied from person to person and place to place.
Evil is always on the move, so we need to be as quick and agile as Joseph in staying one step ahead of it.