After taking a hiatus in 2014, I am blogging the LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar again. This is my third time, and I thought it would be appropriate with the new Star Wars movie coming out later this month. Each day, I riff a little bit on a (perceived) connection between Advent and whatever the LEGO Star Wars mini build is for the day.

This is meant to be lighthearted and fun.

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It’s always fun when the mini build is something menial. Something in the background of a scene. It makes the posts all the more interesting, challenging, and fun. And that’s what we have today with the LIN Demolitionmech. Don’t recall this droid? It had a “blink-or-you’ll-miss-it” appearance in Star Wars. (Near the beginning of the film when the Jawas are selling droids to Uncle Owen and Luke Skywalker.)

In Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38 we have genealogies of Jesus from his mother and earthly father. Generations from the lines of Abraham and David that were waiting on the coming messiah. Little did they know they would have a “blink-or-you’ll-miss-it” role with Jesus. Some of the names included seem as if they are meant for us to take notice so we don’t miss it. We see people like…

  • Bathsheba, whose husband (Uriah) was killed by David to cover up his adultery with her. David easily could have had her killed, but she is not only spared she ends up being a great, great, great…grandmother of Jesus.
  • Judah, who was the fourth son of Jacob and Leah. Leah was never loved by Jacob, and is often forgotten. A number of Christians laud the (so-called) love Jacob had for Rachel, but the line of Jesus went through Leah.
  • Rahab, a prostitute that helped the spies when Israel was coming out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land. Our family history does not define us because it most certainly did not define Jesus.

There are a lot of details surrounding the birth of Jesus we often gloss over, but are rich with meaning. Don’t just pass over them so quickly. Take time to see what the story is with why those details are included.

And, what does the LIN Demolitionmech matter to the overall Star Wars story? The droid was a demolitions specialist, and often used in a military capacity. Especially during the Clone Wars.

 

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