Frozen is the highest grossing animated films of all time. I truly believe that every great animated film covers the struggle between heroes and villains. In Frozen our heroes were Ana, the ditzy princess, Kristoff, the loveless ice dealer, and Sven, his reindeer, and Olaf, the snowman. With heroes comes villains and although this story was based on the story called the Snow Queen where Elsa should have been the villain it changed to Hans, the young man shown in the picture above. Hans, thirteenth prince in line of the Southern Isles had a small problem. He wanted to be a King. Yet how would someone thirteenth in line become king once his father dies. He had an insane plan that actually almost worked.
Hans plan was fairly devious for a Disney film. He decided to initially marry Queen Elsa of Arendelle. When he realized the Elsa would not be the easiest to win over he turned his focus to her younger more naive sister Princess Ana. However, his plan almost worked when Elsa couldn’t stop the endless winter and the only assumed way to stop her was to kill her and Ana was dying due to a frozen heart. I won’t go into how the day was saved but I do know that there was someone in the bible who had the same problem as Hans. Actually the person in the bible had it a bit worse than Hans. Hans may have been thirteenth in line but Abimelech was seventieth. Abimelech is mentioned in Judges 9:1-6 as ascending to the throne with a lot more success than Hans. We are talking about villains here I know but facts are facts. Abimelech is the son of Gideon, also known as Jerubbaal, which we read about earlier in the article This is Sparta!. Abimelech went to Shechem, an Israelite city of the tribe of Manasseh, to visit his uncles on his mother’s side of the family. (Jdg 9:1). Abimelech asks his uncles, “Please speak in the hearing of all the men of Shechem: ‘Which is better for you, that all seventy of the sons of Jerubbaal reign over you, or that one reign over you?’ Remember that I am your own flesh and bone.” (Jdg 9:2)
With much deliberation the people of Shechem decided to put their money on Abimelech, literally, because he is their brother. So they Abimelech seventy shekels of silver and he in turn hired some “worthless and reckless men” to follow him. (Jdg 9:3-4) Can you you guess what happened next? How Abimelech solidified his placement as King? How he bested Hans in a game of “How To Take The Throne”. He went to his father’s house at Ophrah and killed his brothers, the seventy sons of Jerubbaal, on one stone. But Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left, because he hid himself. (Jdg 9:5) Yes he killed all of brothers but one and if he didn’t hide himself he would have been dead too. Afterwards, the people of Shechem made him king. (Jdg 9:6)
So now we know what Hans should have done to take the throne from his brothers. If he read the Bible he would have known about Abimelech and how he didn’t have to go to another kingdom to take power but to win the people behind the scenes. He could have proved to the people directly and then kill his brothers leaving himself as the only possible candidate. He would prove to be so ruthless who would dare overthrow him. Poor Hans, maybe in the sequel you could take power the Abimelech way and start a coup d’etat.
Heavenly Father, I am thankful that you taught me what the most vile people would do to attain the crown. Whatever that crown maybe to that person. However, you proved to me with people like Joseph and David that even if I am the youngest that if it’s your will I can still rise to great heights. Thank you so much for allowing me the chance to continue to grow where there is no visible growth. In Jesus name, Amen.