Yesterday the newest trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming dropped. It’s a good trailer, but seems to give away quite a lot of the movie’s plot. I felt the same way about Captain America: Civil War and was pleasantly surprised when I saw that movie. This trailer, though, does seem to give away most of the major plot points; so if you haven’t watched it yet and don’t want anything spoiled, maybe take a pass and wait until July.
The trailer does give us a glimpse into Peter Parker’s struggle as Spider-Man. Tony Stark sets him up with a sweet suit and Peter wonders if he’s anything without the suit. I like getting this glimpse into Peter’s psyche, as he often questions his worthiness in the comics.
Here are some Bible characters who could have asked the same question as Peter, wondering if there was more to them than their suits.
Sitting at the bottom of a cistern about to be sold into slavery, Joseph could have wondered if there was more to him than a coat of many colors. As a young man Joseph had dreams of success and significance, but those dreams seemed shattered as he was sold into slavery, falsely accused of rape and forgotten in prison. Joseph was much more than his coat of many colors, though, because he accomplished so much after that coat was torn to shreds. I love Joseph’s story because we see the transformation of a cocky boy who becomes a humble man.
Sitting in the palace of a pagan king, Esther could have thought to herself, “Am I more than just a pretty face?” Sometimes God works in mysterious ways and using a beauty pageant queen to save his people is pretty mysterious. Even though Esther was chosen to be the new queen from among all the woman in the empire, she still wondered whether or not she had a role to play in God’s larger story. Thankfully her uncle was there to offer her some encouragement and a little tough love, because Esther was much more than a pretty face.
Walking out of the Tabernacle where he met with God, Moses could have wondered if he was anything without his veil. I love that Moses spent so much time with God and was so close to God that he literally shined because of it. After Moses had sat with God on the mountain his face glowed, like a Lite-Brite made to look like one of Israel’s greatest prophets. The people definitely noticed that Moses was different and asked that he wear a veil because they were afraid. Do you think Zipporah had a hard time sleeping next to Moses because his face glowed? Moses was more than his veil because he shined with or without the veil. I want to be someone, like Moses, who sticks out because I spend so much time with God.
There’s more to Peter Parker than the suit and there was more to these Biblical heroes than what they had on the outside. 1 Samuel reminds us that people look at what’s outside, but God looks at what’s inside. So even if we sometimes doubt whether we’re good enough, God knows our hearts and wants to use no matter what we’re wearing.
What other Bible characters could have wondered whether or not they were more than their appearance?