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The Bible Review 2….The Incredible Hulk and Psycho Saul

bible-episode-2-saul-AWell I finally got done watching the second part of the Bible.  Again, there were a lot of shortcuts.  The trend that I am noticing in this series so far is that they are focusing on popular stories and developing them based on pre-conceived notions or misconceptions surrounding those.  We saw this in full display  for the episode  on Sunday.

So with Samson, we get to see a chopped down version (pardon the pun).  There was so much that they left out that it is hard for me to keep track of what they kept and what they didn’t.  I think it is probably better to focus on the inaccuracies of what they presented.

  • The men that Samson killed with the jawbone of the Donkey, wasn’t the mere 20 the movie saw…it was closer to 1,000.  That is quite a big difference.
  • Samson met Delilah in Gaza…not just after the battle with 1,000.
  • Samson, didn’t just hand over the secret to his strength.  As a matter of fact, Delilah badgers the poor man for a long while and Samson keeps deceiving her, until she lays a guilt trip on him and he finally caves.
  • Once his hair was cut (as in bald) his eyes were gouged, and he was sent to a prison.
  • The final shindig that Samson was at….Samson was there so that the Philistines could rub his nose in it.  They were celebrating Samson being handed over to them.  This was a huge party
  • So Samson breaks the pillars, and kills more people in that moment than he had killed in his entire lifetime.  That’s a lot of people.

The story of David in the Bible is epic.  However, they managed to get several key things wrong in regards to David, which frankly there was no need to get wrong.

  • David was anointed King…He was chosen by Samuel from 7 brothers.  This is a great picture.  If you can imagine Cinderella for men.  This is the closest thing one could use to describe this scene.  Only God had the glass slipper and only God knew who it would fit.  So all of David’s brothers get paraded in front of Samuel.  Samuel looks at Jesse and says this isn’t it,  where is your other son?.  David appears and is anointed by Samuel in front of his family.  At the time of the anointing…the Holy Spirit rushed upon David.  Once again…they really missed an opportunity here, and Honestly I would rather have them spent more time on David, than spending any time on Samson at all.
  • The battle between David and Goliath took place in a major valley (Elah).  The show portrayed it as being just a small stretch with an army on each side and of a couple of people on each side.  This was really horribly depicted. They also missed some key elements that would have been incredibly illustrating of this picture.  Like David putting on Saul’s armor and then taking it off.  What is most compelling that was missed…was the dialogue before the fight.  Here is how it really was, tell me if this isn’t more compelling…
  • Goliath: You think I am some sort of Dog coming at me with sticks?
  • Pause
  • Goliath: Well come on then…I’ll feed you to the birds and the dogs.
  • David:  You got a spear, a sword and a javelin.  Big deal.  I’ve got God.  And today, Goliath….not only is He going to deliver you to me, but after I kill you…I am going to cut off your head and then let the birds and dogs feed off of you.

So… Goliath goes charging, but his sword is sheathed, David goes charging and sets himself.  David draws a rock, and hits Goliath so hard that the rock sinks into his head (as opposed to bouncing off like a tennis ball).  David ran and stood over Goliath.  He drew Goliaths sword out of its sheath, and cut his head off.  The show was okay for this story from that point on.

But they also got another major component wrong or skipped other major components.  At the end of the show David was dancing around in his “kilt”.  The show infers that it is the ark, and indeed it was.  This is the famous scripture that Ren McCormick uses in Footloose where David sings and dance before the Lord with all his might.

The show then did a little fore shadowing as I think we see Bathsheba at the end ( shut it off with about 10 minutes left).  They somehow managed to skip his covenant with God…which is a pretty big deal, and all of his victories as king.

Again…I understand that David’s story is EPIC, but at the very least let’s get it right on what you decide to show.

They call me Mr. Glass

I am a big fan of movies (in case most of you haven’t realized that by now).  One of my favorite movies of all time is Unbreakable.  It absolutely incredible.  What always gets me is the end.  Where Elijah discovers who he is.  In this incredible sequence Elijah remarks that the worst feeling in the world is not knowing your place in this world.  When he makes this statement I can immediately empathize with Elijah.  Where do we belong?  What are we here for?  Even though Elijah had committed heinous acts, he felt relief, because he finally knew who he was.  Where he fit in.  But it wasn’t just Elijah.  It was also David who had discovered himself.  His purpose.  Where he fit in.

Have you felt that way?  Have you had your world turned upside down to the point where you question everything?  Where you belong?  What is out there for you?  Where you “fit in”?

The truth is that we all have a unique purpose on this earth.  Think about this simple fact.  Of all of the people on the earth not one single finger print is the same.  Not one DNA sample is identical.  Is that odd?  Does that seem weird to you?  To me, it lends to the fact that we all serve a unique purpose on this earth.  You can literally make the statement….there is no one on earth, who is just like you.  I…am the only kc bob on this earth.

This idea is biblically supported as well.  Think about these verses from Ephesians:

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good

works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 4:12-13 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the

edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the

knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of

the fullness of Christ;

Ephesians 4:16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what

every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does

its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

When we become saved we are joined to the body of Christ.  Know, when you think about a body is there anything duplicated?  For instance do you have two noses, two chins?  Even in the instance that you have two eyes…each eye serves a unique purpose.  Two thumbs were each serves a unique purpose.

If we are grafted into the body of Christ upon salvation, then our job becomes unique within the body of Christ.  Just as the uniqueness of our creation is, so is the uniqueness of our responsibility to the body.

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