I have been writing a bunch of movie reviews at Shepherd Project. Here are links to several you may have missed…
Also, I just posted a review on Son of God. Even if you don’t see the movie, I encourage you to take a minute to read it! Whenever a true story is brought to the screen, there are pros and cons. Not to mention, this isn’t just any true story, it’s the story of Jesus, from the Bible, inspired by God, Himself. So how are we supposed to think about the way the Bible is portrayed? How are we to feel about a director taking artistic license with the source material when the source material is THE BIBLE? What are the pros and cons of bringing the story of Jesus to the screen? Thinking through these questions will help us think through not just the movie, but any representation of the Gospels (or the Bible as a whole), the Jesus movie, passion plays, tracts, children’s Bibles, the upcoming Noah movie, etc. It will even help us as we read the different gospel accounts.
I will leave you with one little devotional thought from the Son of God movie:
When Jesus fed the 5,000, he had a small basket with a bit of pita bread and a couple sardines (essentially). He held the basket up to the sky and said, Thank you Father for what you bring us.”
He thanked the Father for what He had given, even though what had been provided didn’t seem like enough.
He could have raised it up and asked God to multiply it, but He didn’t. He simply thanked God for what He had provided. The disciples saw inadequacy. Jesus saw provision and sufficiency, and his prayer indicates that. It’s such a simple little thing, but it really struck me.
How often do I thank God for what has been provided, no matter how meager or inadequate it may seem? Do I really thank Him, knowing He has provided everything that I need, already? Do my thanks indicate trust? Or do I judge for myself when what’s provided is enough and give thanks while reminding Him of what I really need? Jesus absolutely trusted that what he had in the basket was sufficient. He never doubted that God would care for their needs, and His prayer indicated that.
I’ve been feeling that pressure lately – that my bills are like the 5,000 hungry mouths, and my income is like sardines and a pita, wholly inadequate to the task. I’ve been thinking I needed to pray…and I do—but maybe I don’t need to keep reminding God of what I need. Maybe I need to simply give thanks. God HAS provided something, I need to trust that His provision is sufficient and IF He chooses, He is able to multiply those little sardines into food for a multiple. HOW He chooses to provide is up to Him, I just need to start giving thanks—because He HAS provided. He IS providing and He WILL provide. So thank you. Thank you God that you ARE Jehovah Jireh my Provider.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34