Ever Notice how Dragons in Stories Always Threaten Fair Maidens? Here's why. [Part 1 of The Serpent's Girls]
It's odd, isn't it, how tales that incorporate dragons so often portray them as being appeased only by the sacrifice of a special damsel (often a virgin). Usually, a hero will appear to slay the dragon and rescue the young lady. But why are dragons after these ladies to begin with? Is there any deeper meaning to this motif, or do maidens simply make tasty morsels for dragon-kind? The subject is more nuanced than you might expect, and it finds intersection with both the first and last books of the Bible.
In the middle of the Book of Revelation, the apostle John is shown a scene in the heavens: a woman with a crown of twelve stars is giving birth to a male child, and a great red dragon waits to devour her offspring as soon as the delivery is completed. This is very compelling imagery because it incorporates action and tension involving archetypes that have been with us for thousands of years.
Lately, there's a lot of talk about rebuilding the Temple in Jerusalem. Prof. Rabbi Hillel Weiss, a spokesman for the Sanhedrin, has said that Israel is "poised to rebuild the Temple," which is more politically feasible at the moment because both President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin seem to be favorable towards religious Israelites. A month ago, the Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction, Uri Ariel, stated that he would like to see the construction of a third Temple in place of the mosque that is currently occupying the Temple Mount. Moreover, the Temple Institute has nearly finished creating the sacred implements and garments needed for Temple service, and they are currently training the Levitical priests for duty.
This all brings up a serious question: If the opportunity arises for the Jews to rebuild the Holy Temple, should Christians/Messianics lend financial and moral support to that enterprise? Allow me to offer some thoughts on the matter.
If you've known the Heavenly Father for very long at all, you've probably realized that he doesn't want his kids to derive their sense of security from earthly sources. Anyone serious about discipleship is likely to find themselves in a season of complete helplessness at least once in their life, for the primary purpose of learning to exercise greater dependence upon God. I find myself in one of those seasons right now.
Before I describe my recent life-change and tell you about the sign that God provided to let me know that he's got the situation in hand, you need a little bit of backstory. My wife and I used to live in Maryland, where we met. Both of us had decent jobs there. In the spring of 2015 we got a feeling that we needed to relocate to my hometown of Austin, Texas. Moving back was an idea that I had been keen on for some time, but my hunt for a job in Texas hadn't seen any success. Nevertheless, we felt compelled to move despite the lack of prospects. It was a scary and potentially foolish idea, so I committed to a long fast in order to seek clarification. On the last day of that fast, as I prayed in the woods, I felt Adonai place a thought in my head three times: "Let go of the rope."
Alexander Lawrence is a husband, father, artist, and lay scholar walking after Y'shua ha-Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah). His mission is to equip the Elect for the climax of history.
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