*Please read The Legend of Zelda and the Bible Part 6: Worship, Prayer and the Goddess before continuing.
For part 4 of our Zelda series (the last before taking a break on the subject), we will examine one of the most beloved entries of the franchise: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. If you haven’t already, you might want to read the previous Triforce article.
“When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again. And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the Lord; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him. Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon’s house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day.”
Lord Jabu-Jabu swallows Link. Turn to Jeremiah 51:34 and Revelation 12:9:
“Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon hath devoured me, he hath crushed me, he hath made me an empty vessel, he hath swallowed me up like a dragon [look at this picture of Jabu-Jabu], he hath filled his belly with my delicates, he hath cast me out.” (Jeremiah 51:34)
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” (Revelation 12:9)
Throughout the Zelda games (including this one) you see elemental temples such as the fire temple, water temple and forest temple. Take a look at Galatians 4:8-9:
“Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”
One of the many songs played on the Ocarina of Time is the Sun’s Song which changes night to day and day to night, fast-forwarding time. The Sun’s Song also stuns ReDeads and Gibdos for a short period. Check out Daniel 2:20-21:
“Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:”
The Song of Storms creates a rainstorm. Turn to Psalm 107:23-25:
“They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof.”
Another interesting thing about the Song of Storms: In Majora’s Mask, Flat (one of the two composer brothers), reveals the origins and meaning of the song: “You who do not fear the dead, learn well the song that is inscribed behind me… And if you ever meet my brother, I’d like you to inform him… The thousand years of raindrops summoned by my song are my tears. The thunder that strikes the earth is my anger!” Turn to Ezekiel 13:13:
“Therefore thus saith the Lord God; I will even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury to consume it.”
One spell I would like to address is Din’s fire. It is most notably used to light the candles/torches at the entrance of the Shadow Temple. Turn to Psalm 18:28:
“For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.”
Flat and Sharp (the aforementioned composer brothers) are Poes, which are ghosts. Link speaks to them several times, especially in Majora’s Mask. Look at Deuteronomy 18:10-12:
“ There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”
A necromancer and a person who consults with familiar spirits is someone who talks to/ interacts with the dead. A biblical example of this is in 1 Samuel 28:6-14.
Zelda disguises herself as Sheik (a man) while Link is sealed inside the Temple of Time seven years, as well as during most of the game. Turn to Deuteronomy 22:5:
“The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”
The Pedestal of Time is a high place contained within the Temple of Time. Later, in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess the “Sacred Grove” grows in place of the Temple of Time.
Throughout the Bible, groves and high places are commonly associated with idol worship, breaking both the first and second commandments: “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” And, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.” You can go to Exodus 20 for the complete list of commandments.
“And they left all the commandments of the LORD their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.” (2 Kings 17:16)
“And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.” (Judges 3:7)
“And he [Manasseh] did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. For he built up again the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he reared up altars for Baal, and made a grove, as did Ahab king of Israel; and worshipped all the host of heaven [In Zelda, “the host of heaven” could refer to the Golden Goddesses], and served them.” (2 Kings 21:2-3)
Here we see God’s judgement of the high places and groves:
“For they provoked him to anger with their high places, and moved him to jealousy with their graven images. When God heard this, he was wroth, and greatly abhorred Israel:” (Psalm 78:58-59)
“And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the Lord God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.” (1 Kings 16:33)
“And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the Lord their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city. And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree: And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the Lord carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger: For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.” (2 Kings 17:9-12)
And here we see God’s judgement on the high places and groves:
“And say, Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God; Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys; Behold, I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places.
And your altars shall be desolate, and your images shall be broken: and I will cast down your slain men before your idols. And I will lay the dead carcases of the children of Israel before their idols; and I will scatter your bones round about your altars.” (Ezekiel 6:3-5)
“And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.” (Leviticus 26:30)