Today’s post is from the upcoming Sharing God’s Story with Disney’s Frozen bible study. This movie based bible study uses Disney’s Frozen and therefore contains spoilers.
Review: Our hearts are frozen (broken, wicked, evil). Our hearts are frozen because we are all under a curse. Our frozen hearts affect our relationship with each other and with God. Because of our frozen hearts we are separated – lost – from God. We know God loves us because He searches for – chases after – us. We know God loves us because He sacrificed Himself for us.
When did you know that Hans was the bad guy? Where you surprised? If so, why were you surprised that he ended up being the bad guy?
How did you know that Hans was the bad guy?
Why was Hans the bad guy? What did he want? What was he willing to do to get what he wanted?
How would you describe Hans before you knew he was the bad guy? How would you describe Hans after you knew that he was the bad guy?
What changed? (Not attitude, but actions?)
What did Hans want and desire? (To be king!)
To whom did Hans lie? What was his lie? Why did he lie? What did he hope to gain by lying?
Whom did Hans deceive? Why did he deceive Anna?
From the beginning he appears to be a handsome and honorable young prince.
(From the beginning the Devil seems to be honorable, “surly you won’t die! God knows that you will know good from evil!”)
But is Hans as honorable as he appears?
Does he have the honor that he portrays?
Is he sincere? Or does he have a secret?
Simply put, does Hans have an image or does Hans have integrity?
Hans is all image with no integrity! He wrapped himself up in a very nice, attractive and appareling image (like an angel of light!) so he can trick Anna, gain her trust, and steal the kingdom.
II Corinthians “for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
Hans presents a perfect image. But inside he lacks integrity.
And this makes Hans the true enemy; the devil of the story, the Satan of the story, and the true evil of Frozen.
Like the devil, Hans looks good on the outside, but is bad on the inside.
Like the devil, Hans wants a position that is not his (Isaiah 14:13-14). He wants it so badly that he is willing to lie and kill for it (John 8:44), deceive for it (Revelation 12:9), and blind others to the truth to get it (2 Corinthians 4:4)!
While Anna emptied herself of selfish ambition, Hans filled himself up with it!
Yes, Elsa certainly plays the role of the antagonist; she ignores/abandons Anna, she causes the curse and appears to be the “enemy.” But Hans, who appears to be an ally, is the real evil in Frozen!
Hans has vain ambition in that he wanted something that was not his. He is a liar. He is a deceiver. Hans is a murderer. He will do whatever it takes to get what he wants. He will do whatever it takes to win!
He lied, but like the devil did so in a way that sounded good, beautiful, and true. He said all the right things. He appeared to do all the right things. He told Anna what she wanted to hear.
We know Hans is the true bad guy because he is willing to lie, deceive and kill for something that is not his. Just like the devil.
Read Isaiah 14:13-14.
You said to yourself, “I will climb up to the sky. Above the stars of El (God) I will set up my throne. I will rule on the mountain of assembly on the remote slopes of Zaphon. I will climb up to the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High!”
Most bible scholars attribute this part of Isaiah to the Devil, Lucifer and use it to show what the devil is really like. The devil wanted to be like the “Most High,” a common name/description of the one true God. In an act of rebellion the Devil – one of God’s created beings (angels) – wanted to be like God. He did not want to be with God, but wanted to be like God, or to replace God. The devil wanted a position that was not his. He wanted to a position that was not his. He was prideful. He had vain ambition.
In the same way, Hans wanted a position that was not his; he wanted to be king of Arendelle.
If the devil’s first (main?) sin was rebellion – wanting to replace God – are there areas in your life where you are in open (or not so open) rebellion? Are there areas of your life where you want to be God?
If so just remember that God already knows and still loves you! Just please don’t take His patience as a sign that He doesn’t know or that He doesn’t care. He is slow to anger and His patience with us has a purpose.
The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
God is patient with us so that we will repent and draw near to Him.
Angel of Light
Read 2 Corinthians 11:14-15.
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will correspond to their actions.
As we have already seen Hans looked good on the outside, bur was ugly on the inside. He had a wonderful image, but lacked integrity.
Contrary to most movies, the devil doesn’t really scare us. Why would he? If he showed up looking ugly and scary most of us would know to stay away! Instead he shows up looking like an “angel of light,” pretty, appealing, and looking good.
His goal is not to scare us. His goal is to trick us.
How does the devil trick us? How did Hans trick Anna?
Read Revelation 12:9.
So that huge dragon – the ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world – was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with him.
(To deceive is to cause someone to believe something that is not true, typically to gain some personal advantage.)
The devil doesn’t need to scare us. Instead he wants to deceive us.
Isn’t this what Hans did? Who all did Hans deceive? Why did he deceive these people?
Murder and Liar
Read John 8:44.
You people are from your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies.
Again, this describes Hans. He liked, to just about everyone, and even tried to kill Anna!
But why? Why did Hans want to kill Anna?
Blinds to the Truth
Read 2 Corinthians 4:4.
Among whom the god of this age has blinded the minds of those who do not believe so they would not see the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God.
Again, this describes Hans!
He blinded everyone to the truth and then tried to get his own way.
Hans is an amazing representation of the Devil.
He is a liar, a cheater and a murderer.
He longs for something – a position – that is not his and will do anything, even kill!, to get it.
Watch out for he Hans in your life.
Remember, the devil is not out to scare you, he is out to trick and deceive you!
Until next time.
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Simon L Smith
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