Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Battlestar Galactica Bible Study Week 3

Season 1 Episode: “Kobol’s Last Gleaming Part 2”

Exodus 13:20-22
After leaving Sukkoth they camped at Etham on the edge of the desert. 21 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. 22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

Reflect on the Bible passage in light of the episode.

What is it like when Gaius sees Cylon “Six” on the burning ship?

What has she provided him with here?

Where have Gaius’ visions ultimately taken him?

Why do you think Jews looked back to the time of being led by the smoke and the fire as the ultimate height of their relationship with God? What would this represent to them and also to us?

2 Samuel 15:1-12
In the course of time, Absalom provided himself with a chariot and horses and with fifty men to run ahead of him. He would get up early and stand by the side of the road leading to the city gate. Whenever anyone came with a complaint to be placed before the king for a decision, Absalom would call out to him, “What town are you from?” He would answer, “Your servant is from one of the tribes of Israel.” Then Absalom would say to him, “Look, your claims are valid and proper, but there is no representative of the king to hear you.” And Absalom would add, “If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that they receive justice.”
Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him. Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the people of Israel.
At the end of four years, Absalom said to the king, “Let me go to Hebron and fulfill a vow I made to the Lord. While your servant was living at Geshur in Aram, I made this vow: ‘If the Lord takes me back to Jerusalem, I will worship the Lord in Hebron.’”
The king said to him, “Go in peace.” So he went to Hebron.
10 Then Absalom sent secret messengers throughout the tribes of Israel to say, “As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, then say, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron.’” 11 Two hundred men from Jerusalem had accompanied Absalom. They had been invited as guests and went quite innocently, knowing nothing about the matter. 12 While Absalom was offering sacrifices, he also sent for Ahithophel the Gilonite, David’s counselor, to come from Giloh, his hometown. And so the conspiracy gained strength, and Absalom’s following kept on increasing.

Reflect on the Bible passage in light of the episode.

Do you know the reasons for Absalom’s choice to stage a coup? If so, explain what you think of those reason?

Reflect on this quote: “you and I talked about this, and we decided that it was a military decision.”

What do you think of Adama’s decision to undertake a military coup?

What is the danger in a coup?

Why are they necessary sometimes?

Reflect on the approaches to taking power we see in Adama, Laura, and Absalom.

How do both Adama and Laura see each other’s behavior?

What is the danger in this?

What do you think of Adama sending Sharon on a mission like this after her suicide attempt?

2 Corinthians 11:1-2
I hope you will put up with me in a little foolishness. Yes, please put up with me! I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.

Reflect on the Bible passage in light of the episode.

Reflect on this quote: “what we had together brings us closer to God.”

What is the significance of Paul equating the husband/wife relationship with the Christ/Church relationship?

Where do we find similar beliefs in scripture?

What do you think of androids having religious beliefs?

Why does this bother Helo?

Isaiah Chapter 6

Reflect on the Bible passage in light of the episode.

How have Gaius’ visions of “Six” changed on Kobol?

How do you think the vision Isaiah saw in the Temple changed him?

What do you think of God choosing a man like Gaius to serve Him?

Why doesn’t Isaiah think he is worthy of when he sees God?

Why do the writers have us switch back and forth between Cara’s discovery of the arrow, Gaius journey into the ruins, 
and Sharon’s journey onto the Base Ship?

Reflect upon Sharon’s discovery in the Base Ship.

How is Isaiah’s vision a ‘discovery’?

What do you think of Lee’s choice to join the President?

Reflect on this quote: “You’re confused, and scared. But it’s okay…You can’t fight destiny. It catches up with you, no matter what you do…We love you, Sharon, and we always will.”

What is Isaiah’s destiny?

What does Gaius find at the ruins?

Compare his vision to Isaiah’s.

Reflect on this quote: “Life has a melody, Gaius. A rhythm of notes that becomes your existence once played in harmony with God’s plan.”

What ‘melody’ does Isaiah, and other books of the Bible, say surrounds God? What do you think of this melody?

What is Gaius’ destiny? What do you think of this?

What does Gaius keep saying as they approach the center of the auditorium on Kobol? Reflect on this.

Reflect on this quote: “Come and see the face of the shape of things to come.”

Given what we’ve already learned about Isaiah’s messages in earlier weeks, how was his message tied up to a ‘child’?

Reflect on the ending of the episode.

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