On March 3, 2013 the History channel introduced The Bible television series.  Although I had expressed interest in watching it at the time it was on the air, I did not get the opportunity to view it until just recently through On Demand.  I realize that this, of course, has not been the first time the entertainment industry has brought television shows or movies to reflect Biblical characters and accounts.  With that being said, why is it that it is being talked about so much?  Maybe it is because of the exact same reason why there was so much talk when Mel Gibson made The Passion movie.  I believe that the reason is because the History channel chose to make their series as closely accurate to the true accounts from the Bible as possible.  In doing so, the History channel is shining the light of truth into the darkness of a lost and deceived generation in America. 

In the first episode of the Bible, the History channel shows what took place in the books of Genesis and Exodus.  There were a few phrases in the first episode that I had to take note of to include in this blog entry.  These are not in the same order as they were mentioned in the show as I am bringing my own insight to the entire episode in general.  “God has freed us from slavery and it has been a long journey, but this is just the beginning.  God saved me for a purpose.  To be chosen by God is a blessing and a test.  Those chosen must go through tests to prove their faith over and over again.”  Books can be written on each individual sentence, and I am pretty sure they have been.  For today, I will just write what came to me while watching the show.  Psalm 22 along with Matthew 27:46 and Mark 15:34 were basically beating me down by the time the show had ended.  Not so much as it has been written, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” more so of me thinking and praying, “My God, my God, why have I forsaken thee?” 

Here we are living in the 21st century with so much technological advancements and easy living in the United States for the most part, we have forgotten where we have come from and sadly do not know where we are going if we continue to live such a care-free selfish life.  We read in Isaiah 30:15: “This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says:  “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”  Sound familiar?  This verse was written sometime between 701 and 681 B.C. and still applies today as does the message of the Bible itself.  As a Christian, from much time studying Scriptures and theology and a lot of life experiences, I have learned that God never forsakes, never leaves, rather He always loves and is always Just with more grace and mercy than we can possibly imagine.  It is us, who make choices that draw us closer or farther from Him.  In times of trouble, we become full of rage and ask why God has forsaken us instead of evaluating the circumstances and the past that has led up to where we are now.  Now is the time to repent of sinning and rest in Jesus Christ.  Now is the time to quiet our minds and our hearts and trust in God and allow His Holy Spirit to work on us and through us so that we may become the people that God has created us to be in the first place.

We should never minimize what God has done for us.  It was at the cross of Jesus Christ where God demonstrated His love for us.  While all of us were captivated in our sins, Jesus died for us so that we may live for Him.  It is by the cross of Christ where we may be saved through grace by faith and can now be free from every sinful action and addiction that has enslaved us up to this time in our life.  Yes, each one of us has had such a long difficult journey in this life.  You may have been a believer your whole life and grew up in a Bible believing family and went to church every week.  You may have grown up in an unbelieving home where your caretakers would argue, fight, and maybe even abuse each other and/or yourself.  You may be that person in between.  We all have a story to tell because we have all been born as human beings.  The truth is, no matter where you are in life or in your spiritual journey, God has created you and offers salvation to you for a purpose, and while we are still breathing, our salvation in Jesus Christ is just the beginning.  We are loved by God and have been chosen by Him to love Him and each other just as He has loved us.  How then, can we possibly show such love?  How can we possibly provide that much forgiveness?  How can we have so much patience?  The answer is simple but difficult to live through.  God gives us tests in life.  It does not matter if you are a long-time believer or a sincere atheist, tests will be given to all people.  These tests are not made and given to harm us, they are meant to build us up and shape our character so that we may have a deeper understanding and trust in God to be like Christ in everything that we think, in every word that we speak, in every action we take, may it be eternally worthy.     

(Captivate Us by Watermark):