Attacking Titans – “Erwin Smith” – Genesis 22:1-19

Commander Erwin Smith from Attack on Titans by Hajime Isayama
Commander Erwin Smith from Attack on Titans by Hajime Isayama

For anyone who follows the story of Attack on Titans, or Shingeki no Kyojin, you probably thought that the last entry in the Attacking Titans series would have ended with “Mikasa Ackerman”. If you haven’t been following we started with “Eren Yeager” and learned how we must boldly declare that we will defeat the titans in our lives as he declared he would defeat the literal titans in his. Second, we followed up with “Armin Arlert”, where we learned that we must gather knowledge and expand our vision if we are ever going to find a strategy to defeat the titans in our lives. Third, was the aforementioned “Mikasa Ackerman” where we learned we need to exercise our faith and knowledge and execute because with all the faith we have we must take action. One of the scriptures we covered was James 2:18-24, referred to the scripture we will be studying today which also reminded me of one other character form Attack on Titan.

Commander Erwin Smith, is the head of the Survey Corps. I might have lightly touched on the Survey Corps but I will go into detail of what they do now. As the city is surrounded by gigantic walls to keep the hungry titans away. The Survey Corps is the team of soldiers that venture outside the safety of the wall. To defeat titans on their turf and to do research on how to better fight the enemy as well as try to push them back further so the people of the cities and towns have more space to grow. To experience more freedom. Survey Corps are considered a death sentence for many. There’s a high mortality rate in that team. In the premiere episode when the team came back all they could give the mother of one of the soldiers was an arm.

Commander Erwin have to knowingly sacrifice his soldiers in the hopes that they reach the goal of one day pushing back the titans and claiming victory over them. He has to sacrifice them so that the civilians and nobles in the city can remain safe. He sacrifice them so that they can further their research on the titans that ravage the land. It then reminds me of one more thing. That we must be willing to make sacrifices as well to defeat the titans in our lives. We must be like Abraham.

In the book of Genesis Chapter 22 begins with God calling out to Abraham. God said to Abraham:

Genesis 22:2 – …”Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” (NIV)

God just asked Abraham to sacrifice his own son to Him. This is a do or die moment. Abraham waited so long to have a child, his son Isaac, but this is what makes a difference. Following what we spoke of in the previous weeks.

Genesis 22:3 – Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.” (NIV)

You have read the early the next morning. There was no hesitation. Abraham collected what he needed for the burnt offering to God which included Isaac. Further we read, when they arrive at the altar:

Genesis 22:9-11 – When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”  “Here I am,” he replied. (NIV)

The angel came to stop Abraham from making one of the greatest sacrifices a father could ever do.

Genesis 22:12 – “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.” (NIV)

Genesis 22:15-18 – 15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” (NIV)

Because Abraham followed directions and took action he proved to God that he was willing to do whatever God wanted for he feared God or he was in total awe and respect for our Heavenly Father. For obeying God said that he will bless Abraham  and make his descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky.

It says a lot what sacrifice or the willing to sacrifice can do. Sacrifice has even allowed all of us to have everlasting life as we know in the all too quoted passage:

John 3:16 –  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (NIV)

We have to be willing to make sacrifices for the greater good. We may have to relinquish our time, our energy, our money, even our relationships to fight the titans effectively in our lives. God will direct us and we must obey if we are to fight our titans effectively. It’s never promised that it will be easy but he will make your yoke light. You have to have faith and do what you need to do to succeed.

Matthew 11:30 – For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (NLT)

If your titan is your run away credit card debt you may have to sacrifice luxuries to save money to get your finances in order. You may have to sacrifice your time and get a second job. You may have to sacrifice items in your home to sell on Ebay or a yard sale. You may have to sacrifice time and energy and possibly money by getting a better job that could assist in relieving you of the debt you attained.

Just as Erwin had to make sacrifices of his soldiers and even of his own arm for the chance of defeating the titans in the world of Attack on Titans. Like Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac. We as well must be willing to make sacrifices so we can defeat the titans that are or will come in our lives. Like David said in Psalms:

Psalm 51:16-17 – 16 You don’t want penance;[a] if you did, how gladly I would do it! You aren’t interested in offerings burned before you on the altar. 17 It is a broken spirit you want—remorse and penitence. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not ignore. (TLB)

Some times all God requires of us is a broken spirit and a contrite heart for a sacrifice. It’s what needed to get the ball rolling. Thank you and may God bless you.

Heavenly Father, I hope this series have taught us how to attack the titans in our lives. They may vary and size and ferocity but as long as You are with us I know You will make a way for all of us to defeat the titans in our lives, to conquer the problems that may plague us. I am so thankful that You have allowed us to see what follow your direction and gaining knowledge can do for us. I pray that whatever You have us do that  through Your Son and our King Jesus Christ, that you help us to bare it as you promised in your word. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Attacking Titans – “Erwin Smith” – Genesis 22:1-19

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