Other than the trailer for The Force Awakens, the most exciting news out of Star Wars Celebration centered on Star Wars: Rogue One.
Director Gareth Edwards was there to share an early teaser trailer as well as the first synopsis for the movie. Rogue One will be set just prior to Episode IV and focus on a team of Rebels stealing the plans for the first Death Star.
In a world without Jedi, Edwards had this to day about his film.
God’s not coming to save us. We are on our own. And we are going to have to do this ourselves. We have to turn it around… It comes down to a group of individuals that don’t have special powers.
The spinoffs will be a part of the Star Wars Anthology series, of which Rogue One will be the first. I’m definitely excited about the prospect of seeing Rebel soldiers fighting for their cause against the overwhelming strength of the Empire, as they steal the plans to the Empire’s ultimate weapon.
In honor of Rogue One, here are some Bible stories filled with thievery.
Rachel may have been the pretty sister but she was also a thief. When Jacob’s family finally left Laban’s household, Rachel stole her father’s idols. The Bible doesn’t tell us why she stole her father’s household gods; perhaps she thought that they would bring her favor on the journey. Laban pursues Jacob, who had left abruptly, and accuses Jacob of stealing the idols. Rachel had hidden them in her saddle but says that she can’t get up because of her period. And, like most guys, Laban wanted nothing to do with menstruation; he didn’t want his idols back that badly.
One of my favorite Bible stories is about the Philistines stealing the Ark of the Covenant from the Israelites. I’m sure they were proud of themselves for capturing what they thought was the Israelites’ God. However, they quickly realized that God can’t be captured or stolen; he’s a real God, not an idol of wood or stone. The Philistines placed the Ark in their temple, but their idol kept falling down before the Ark. Then the Ark started causing tumors on the Philistines and they couldn’t get rid of it fast enough. If only the Philistines had read the tablets inside of the Ark, then they would have known that stealing is never worth it.
This is one of the most tragic stories of stealing in the Bible. When they destroyed Jericho, God commanded his people not to take any plunder. Unfortunately Achan didn’t listen. Because of Achan’s sins, 36 Israelite soldiers were killed in a battle because the Lord wasn’t with them. Achan had defiled himself and his family, which meant that they were destroyed, his entire household. I’ve never really had a problem with stealing, but I went through a phase when I would steal traffic cones from wherever I could find them. The biggest consequence I faced was finding a place to store all of my cones. I’m glad I didn’t meet the same fate as Achan; cones definitely aren’t worth my life or the lives of 36 others.
I’m excited for Star Wars: Rogue One and the other films in the Anthology series. My favorite part about Rebels has been seeing the Star Wars universe during that time period. Hopefully Rogue One and the further Anthology films will continue to flesh out that galaxy far, far away.
What is your favorite story of stealing from the Bible?