The scene is captivating as Morpheus ask Neo to choose the red or blue pill. Each choice carries with it the weight of the rest of his life. Choose the Blue pill, life remains the same. Choose the Red pill, experience the awakening or as Morpheus puts it, see how deep the rabbit hole goes.
In my opinion, the Matrix is one of the best non spiritual, spiritual movies of all time if that makes any sense. The parallels between the Matrix and the spiritual world are absolutely AMAZING!
The Bible is saturated with choices of good versus evil; right verses wrong. You name it; the choices are evident in every book of the Bible. However, for this lesson the focus will be on Deuteronomy 30:15-30:
“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.
But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.
This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
Moses is now 120 years old and is no longer able to lead the nation of Israel (Deuteronomy 31:1-2). The Lord has revealed to Moses that he will not cross the Jordan River into the Promise Land. Thus, Moses must select a successor to lead the nation of Israel into the promise land.
The choice becomes obvious as Moses summons Joshua son of Nun to be his successor. Joshua has proven himself to be a man of noble character with abundance faith, courage and conviction even when it wasn’t popular (Numbers 13:30-33, 14:1-10).
Just like Neo, the Israelites are faced with a choice that would change the course of their lives. In the case of the Israelites, the choice was God-given. God lovingly put before the Israelites a life although not void of trouble, but a life covered by the creator of the universe.
God wanted to do more than take care of the Israelites needs; He wanted an intimate relationship with His people. He wanted to establish His people as a Godly example for the world to follow to the ends of the Earth. The choice was clear. Either choose life or choose death.
Understandable the lure of the unknown can be intimidating. In the case of Neo, he was asked to take a pill, trust a stranger and forever leave a world that he was accustomed to. In the case of the Israelites, they journeyed from slavery to wandering in the desert to being told you are about to possess a land of your own. Wow… what a journey!
Today as we reflect on the choices we face, make a conscience decision to choose life to the full (John 10:10). Choose the land flowing with milk and honey in which God Almighty is our source, provider and Father. I’ve never seen nor will we ever see God fail to keep His promises to give us hope and a future. Learn to trust Him, it’s worth it.
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