Alibaba, Prince of Balbadd- Exodus 3:1 – 4:17

The King of Balbadd chooses a successor in Alibaba
The King of Balbadd chooses a successor in Alibaba – Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

I have fallen in love with the show Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic. It’s an awesome fantasy anime and manga from the writer and illustrator Shinobu Ohtaka. It follows Aladdin, not the King of Thieves but a Magi and his friends Alibaba and Morgiana. Each of them have their own situations that they are dealing with in life. Morgiana a powerful fighter and ex-slave looking for home, Aladdin who wants to help his friend Alibaba as much as he can. Which leads to the story of our third character Alibaba.

Alibaba is one of the princes of the Balbadd Kingdom, a fictional kingdom in this story that has been ravaged with an unforgivable caste system that left many in the slums or junkyard of the city. The King had three sons but what made Alibaba special is that he was raised in those slums and taught how to be part of nobility. His other sons were raised in their nobility and doesn’t know and understand the plight of the people.

As the King was sick he chose Alibaba as his successor of his rule of the Balbadd Kingdom because he was not corrupted or weak minded like his brothers. He believed he was perfectly chosen to guide the kingdom into prosperity with a leader that the people can believe in and will have the people’s best interest in mind. It made me think of someone else in the bible that when he was approached with a proposition to help the masses and save his people who suffered he turned it down. And it wasn’t a dying King who made the request for this man. It was from a God who spoke through a burning bush.

In the book of Exodus in chapter 3 we find Moses tending to his father-in-law Jethro’s flock. You have to find it amazing that a prince of egypt goes from enjoying himself in the palace to tending sheep. But his reason for being there was a fairly valiant. In Exodus 2:11 – 15 we see that Moses seeing that a Hebrew man was getting beaten by an Egyptian he stopped and killed the Egyptian. As word reached the Pharaoh, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses already fled to Midian. Being tipped off by seeing that other Hebrew men were arguing and was worried that Moses would kill them too like he killed the Egyptian.

Fast forward and we are on the Midian farm and Moses sees an angel appear in the flames of a burning bush that although burning did not burn up. (Ex. 3:2). God wanted to speak to Moses and let him know that he have heard the cries of his people and Moses was the chosen one to lead the Hebrews from Egypt. (Ex. 3:6-10) But just like Alibaba questioned his father the King of Balbadd Moses questioned God on his decision. “But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Ex. 3:11) He questioned God’s decision of person to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt.

God took the time and explained to him how to handle opposition and gifted him with the tools he would need to free his oppressed people from their bondage. However, after being fully equipped for the task at hand and fully educated to handle anything that would oppose him Moses made an excuse why he couldn’t do His will. Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” (Ex. 4:10). God’s reply could go for anyone who is afraid to speak in public, stutter, speaks too fast, or illiterate. The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.” (Ex. 4:11-12) My God if that doesn’t help you open your mouth and speak I am not sure what will but… not for Moses. As Moses didn’t even have a counter argument, he just said “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” (Ex. 4:13) Those words made God angry and he sent for his older brother Aaron. However in the end Moses eventually began to lead his people just as God said he could. He just needed the faith to go forth with it.

The King of Balbadd had to make the same decision as well leaving the rule to Alibaba’s unfit older brother. In both instances you have to wonder what would have happened if both were more confident in the decisions of their Father. Would would come if they took the initial offer and boldly took command and ruled the kingdom as for Alibaba or freed his people as for Moses. Would they have come through the same adversity or would it be made easier? Something to ponder on. But we learn that in life if God placed you in a position that you will be in that position if you like it or not and it’s better to embrace it than to fight it. The consequences could become great. For Alibaba his indecision left the Kingdom of Balbadd in turmoil until he was able to free his people. Thankfully for Moses God had everything under control.

Heavenly Father, I am thankful that you have taught me that I need to step up when you place me in a position to do your will. I pray that when the time comes that I will not question you but jump up immediately and do your will for you to see the glory and to bring people closer to you and to know that you are God and your are good. I pray in Jesus name, Amen.

Additional Resources
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Vol. 1
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic on Netflix

Alibaba, Prince of Balbadd- Exodus 3:1 – 4:17

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