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Monday, March 31, 2014

Monday Musings - The Way I See It

Hmmmmmm....what is on my mind this Monday evening?

Lots to think about. What shall it be today?

I know! The movie Noah. I had a chance to go see it this Saturday with a friend of mine. I didn't realize there was so much controversy surrounding it until after I saw it. Many Christians are offended by the movie since it does not totally follow the Biblical story of Noah. The movie,  after all,  was produced by a self-proclaimed atheist. I didn't know that when I watched the movie - although that, most likely, would not have stopped me. After I watched it, I realized that many are refusing to see the movie because of what some of the reviews are saying.

I say to each his own. But personally, aside from the fact that there were some aspects of the movie that didn't follow the Biblical story: such as only one of Noah's sons in the movie had a wife and the other two did not. Genesis 6:18 says "But I will establish my covenant with you: and you shall go into the ark-you, your sons, your wife and your sons wives with you.

And there were some evolutionary aspects to it. Such as God spoke and there was a big bang and the scene where the fish turned into sea creatures that began climbing out of the water and turning into various animals each after their kind. Well who knows? Were you there? At least the story of creation was in the movie. And a Creator was mentioned.

And The Watchers seemed a bit far fetched - being stone creatures...who used to be angels of light that fell from heaven. The Bible does say in Genesis 6:4 - There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men or renown. Did these "giants" help Noah build the ark? Hmmmmmm... That was a big task God gave to him. Could he have gotten help from someone? I would still go see it.

Aside from that and all the reasons why people won't go watch it, which are too many to list there was some take away value to me.

 Genesis 6:12 - So God looked upon the earth and indeed it was corrupt: for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. 
Genesis 6:8 - But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord

Out of everyone on the earth...Noah and his family found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Wow! Can you imagine being told that the all the earth was going to be destroyed in a flood and you and your family was going to be the only ones left alive? But first you had to build an ark? And take in two of every kind of animal and gather all the food that is to be eaten for yourself and the animals? That takes a lot of faith. I thought it very interesting to show the turmoil that Noah must have felt. The guilt he might have felt that everyone he knew besides himself and his wife and his family were going to die. He was only human after all. Sure the story was sensationalized but it really made me think...if God gave me a task of that magnitude would I have the faith to do it? Would God send me help?

And don't you ever wonder - why did Noah remain silent through it all? Even in the Bible he never asked God to spare any lives? Abraham interceded for the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, asking God to spare the cities if only 10 righteous could be found. Noah never asked God, he just did what he was told.
Towards the end of the movie Noah finally looked toward the sky and surrendered to God. I will finish my task.

I also like how it portrayed Noah and his family as vegetarians and the rest of the wicked world as "meat eaters." That's Biblical. When God put Adam and Eve in the Garden he told them that every tree and plant was their food. Genesis 1:29 - And God said, "See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth and every tree whose fruit yields seed, to you it shall be for food.  Animals were killed and used to clothe Adam and Eve when they were cast out of the Garden. It wasn't until after the flood when God told Noah in Genesis 9:3 - Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. I have given you all things, even as the green herbs."  Very interesting.

Anyways, I found the movie to be very interesting and riveting. It kept my attention. It definitely made me want to go back and read Genesis again. Could Methuselah really have been alive during this time? And what exactly happened to Ham?

The way I see it? Go watch it if you want to. Maybe, just maybe, it might make you want to dig into the
Bible again and read the story of Noah. Nothing wrong with that.