Recently, I posted a lengthy critique of THE BIBLE mini-series on The History Channel. Most of the post was dedicated to the things that were wrong with or missing from the debut episode. I had originally intended to include several of the things from THE BIBLE which I actually enjoyed and thought were positive contributions. As the writing progressed that proved too lengthy. So, can anything good come out of THE BIBLE? The answer, in the end, is yes. Here are several things I noticed that THE BIBLE got right or did well in its first installment. Feel free and add anything you think may have also hit the mark.
- The manner in which the story began (not so much the entire content of it) - what with Noah telling his family about creation and the history of the world up until that point - I thought was a bold, yet effective way of opening the story of the Old Testament. No doubt it was over the course of many such story-telling episodes that the history (at least in part) was communicated, handed down and treasured throughout the generations leading up to the day when the Holy Spirit would lead Moses to write the book of Genesis.
- Although I would've liked to have seen Adam formed from the ground more like a clay pot by a skilled potter, the image of him rising from the dust and coming to life was quite well done. The use of visual effects in this regard was convincing and not at all hokey. I also would've loved to see what they could've done with Eve being taken from the side of man. Since TV is a visual medium, there is no doubt, lots of potential.
- They didn't forget the rainbow and the calm waters after the flood. Not sure if the double rainbow was intentional, but it was clever. Thankfully, unlike the NBC version of Noah's Ark many years ago, there were no pirates on this high-seas adventure. And the scale of the ark and its contents was also conveyed well, in contrast to the many children's posters and puzzles that fill church nurseries. Finally, they actually showed the drowning pagans. This may not sound like a good thing. But it shows the reality of what the flood was even though the words of the narrative didn't really go into it that well. Sometimes the visual aspect of TV can communicate more than the narrator was able to at this point.
- This is also true in the scene of the sacrifice of Isaac. There was the Gospel, stuck in the thicket just like Genesis 22 records. The Lord provided the sacrifice just as He promised. And there was the lamb.
- Although the angels were a bit too teenage-mutant-ninja-turle-ish for me - Angels in the Scriptures are a bit bad ass (pardon my French) after all - at least they weren't like girly-men as in Roma Downey's Touched by an Angel.
- Gospel was also seen in the blood over the doorposts and the deliverance in from Pharaoh's army in the Red Sea. Thankfully they didn't take the higher-critical "sea of reeds" approach and stuck with the miraculous event of the Exodus rescue.
- Even though some of these things appear to be only a foothold or a glimpse or even a small mustard seed of Gospel, it does provide a useful place to start, and from there, move on to the Scriptures and the power of the Gospel therein.