March 12, 2013
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Well 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?
- 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.