We’re Off To See The Wizard

Music HighwayThe classic movie, The Wizard of Oz, is pure fiction. There is absolutely no truth to the story. Yet, this film continues to be watched and enjoyed generation after generation.

I remember watching it when I was a kid. It begins in black and white then changes to technicolor. Anyway, I decided to borrow a DVD of it from the public library and watch it again. For some reason I felt the urge to write about it here. Why? Because the story in the film reminds me of certain concepts found in the Bible and what it has to say to us.

I want to briefly describe what some of these concepts are in this post.

First of all, what is a wizard? According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, a wizard is from the French word wis or wys meaning wise. 1: archaic: a wise man: SAGE  2: one skilled in magic: SORCERER  3: a very clever or skillful person.

What did the wizard remind me in the movie? At first I thought it would be God, but I changed my mind as the wizard reminds me of the great deceiver, Satan, and also of the ways of this world. Both promise mankind happiness, prosperity and wealth but ends up in emptiness.

imageThe road of this world (the yellow brick road in the movie) leads to nowhere but death. It is a waste of time when taking the wide road of this world. Walking the path of righteousness, however, and believing and worshiping Jesus Christ is far, far better. What do you think?

Near the end of the movie, the wizard tells the scarecrow, the tin woodman and the lion that they already possessed what they had wanted. He said they had used their talent all along the journey with Dorothy. There is no revelation given, however, as to how they originally received what they perceived they needed.

Now, what do the characters of this movie biblically remind you of? Here are what they symbolize to me:

Dorothy – the Christian (especially the evangelist or the missionary)

The Scarecrow – The Father. He is the brains. He is the all-wise, omniscient God.

The Tin Woodman – Jesus Christ. He lived, suffered and died for mankind, He represents the heart of God. (By the way, the Tin Woodman: 1. was resurrected through the use of an oil can and  2. chops down trees; Christ died on one.)

The Cowardly Lion – The Holy Spirit. Unlike the lion, with the Spirit’s boldness and courage in us we can overcome and witness to the world.

The Wizard – All that was and is worshiped in the world as god – idols, introspective pagan religions, false prosperity religions, false science seen in evolution and anthropology; all that represent a panacea to occur on earth based on human wisdom and effort. The god of self-reliance. The god that says that you only have what it takes to succeed. The god that says you do not need God. The god that says there is no God.

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The Tin Woodman’s  “sword”.

These three: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, surround you the Christian on your journey. And when the Trinity is most evident is when you come to critical moments in your Christian walk; when you need to make a decision, a change of direction perhaps in your life. Notice in the movie that each character (the scarecrow, the tin woodman and the lion) each appeared, whether Dorothy realized or not, in order to help her complete her journey.

Homework:
1) Watch the movie if you have not already done so.
2) Who or what does the evil witch biblically remind you of? [Hint: The witch is female.]
3) What do the flying monkeys (or whatever they were) in the movie biblically represent?
4) What biblical reminder can be seen with water melting the evil witch?
5) Can the Munchkins represent you and especially your spiritual brothers and sisters in the church who edify you?
6) Should all Christians outwardly appear the same or do they consist of different character and personality types?
7) What does the height of each Munchkin remind you about the stature of each Christian? [Hint: Philippians 2:3 and Colossians 3:12].
8) What do Dorothy’s ruby shoes biblically represent to you?
9) Does the dog, Toto, represent the unconverted, those of the world? (Hint: When you chase after the world you will get spiritually lost.)
10) What other biblical reminders do you have after watching this movie?

*** Extra Credit ***
11) Who did Dorothy first encounter after she was viciously thrown apples at her by a tree? How is the reminder and meaning of this biblically significant for Christians and the world?

The YouTube video clip below represents the critical moments that Dorothy needed to complete her journey. All three supporting characters were mostly alongside her throughout the remainder of her pilgrimage.

When the Trinity works with the Christian, however, the persons of the Trinity begin to work together at the same time helping the Christian in his walk toward entering the kingdom of God – not a realm belonging to some wizard.

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Movie Poster

We’re Off To See The Wizard  (1939)
lyrics – Harold Arlen
music – Harold Arlen
sung by – Judy Garland (Dorothy)
genre – Popular film
film presentation – The Wizard of Oz

We’re off to see the wizard,
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
We hear he is a whiz of a wiz,
If ever a wiz there was
If ever, oh ever a wiz there was,
The Wizard of Oz is one because
Because, because, because, because, because
Because of the wonderful things he does
We’re off to see the wizard,
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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An embroidery of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in St. Nicholas’ Church, Ghent, Belgium.

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