Asaph’s Answer and Reliance on the Devil’s Gifts

Bleach Episode 177
Bleach| Death by Bakoto

Pledging Allegiance to the Enemy Reap Temporary Rewards.

If you watch episode 177 of Bleach closely, you’d realize as I did, that using anything that comes from hellish places is never good. Assassins are sent destroy the princess( and Ichigo), using a Bakoto. The Bakoto gives these assassins power beyond their imagination.

And it seems good for a while, but then as soon as their Bakoto, or sword “feels” their host being defeated- it devours the assassin in a grotesque fashion.

The Psalm of Asaph

It reminded me of the psalm of Asaph. His psalm talks about those who are arrogant and get what they want.

They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression.  Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.(Psalm 73:8-9 NIV)

He laments even more about those who are powerful and godless,

This is what the wicked are like– always carefree, they increase in wealth.(v. 12)

I will get to the point in a minute, but here is what really struck a chord with me and gave me an odd sense of peace…

When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.  Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin. How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!(v. 16-19)

What do Bakotos, and anime have to do with you as a Christian?

It is not hard to figure out. The assassins(already a bad job title, huh?) relied on demonic powers to take out someone. From the plot of the anime, I gather they are powerful to begin with. However they wanted more power and seem carefree as conveyed in verse 12 of Asaph’s psalm.

Second, they arrived to be oppressive. They were sent to kill anyway, but their job description alone tells me they thrive off of a wicked lifestyle; I am convinced that those we see right now in the real world who are rich, powerful and just have it all together will surely slip and fall. And if they are not right with Christ their agony will be like those assassins faces, twisted in anguish and pain, devoured by their own devices.

Is it so wrong to be rich and powerful? Is it really of the devil?

Absolutely not.

The powerful part is debatable. Again, there are people in need and who want to be cozy and warm not just on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but everyday like the rest of us. If you are rich and powerful, then you are for a reason.

To help others.

Asaph saw deeper though. He was so busy worrying over what others had and how powerful they were that he could not see the truth until he faced God.

Having Jesus is enough. Relying on weapons of this world never solved a problem. Still hasn’t.

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