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Daniel 1:3-14, 2:46, 3:23-30, 6:23

I read Daniel for the third time yesterday after watching the movie, “The Book of Daniel.”  This movie mostly adheres to Scripture with some minor differences:

Scripture:  A court official was too afraid to grant Daniel’s food and drink request, but a guard agreed.
Movie:  Daniel only talked to the court official.

Scripture:  After Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar’s statue dream, Nebuchadnezzar “fell prostrate before Daniel…”
Movie:  After hearing the interpretation, Nebuchadnezzar walked toward his throne and sat down.

Scripture:  Royal advisers and others looked for evidence of fire on Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and Nebuchadnezzar didn’t mention the word, “fire.”
Movie:  Nebuchadnezzar examined them and said the word, “fire.”

Scripture:  Daniel had to be lifted up out of the lion’s den.
Movie:  King Darius said to Daniel, “Come forth” and Daniel simply walked out.

Daniel and his friends were steadfast in their loyalty to God.  They probably had God-fearing mothers.  If their mothers still lived and found out about their applied love for God, they would have been pleased.

 

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Luke 2:8-20, 6:12, 9:10-17, 13:10-17

On Good Friday night, my family watched the movie, Jesus (1979).  We had watched it several times before, but this time I took notes.  This movie is based on the book of Luke and is careful to adhere to Scripture.  Still, I wanted to analyze how the movie helped enrich our understanding of what Jesus and others might have experienced.

In Luke 2:8-20, at the beginning of Jesus’ earthly life, shepherds reside in fields at night, guarding flocks from whatever lurked in the dark.  They would surely have been prepared for any predators.  What they didn’t expect was an angel.  The Bible lets us know that the shepherds were frightened.  The movie did well showing shepherds initially doing their job with one shepherd even playing a flute-like instrument.  But when the angel arrived, the flute playing stopped and you see one shepherd stop petting a lamb, get up, stagger, and stare.  It felt realistic.

In Luke 6:12, it’s mentioned that Jesus spent the whole night praying.  There was a convincing scene for that.  Imagine staying up the entire night praying!  That’s amazing!

In Luke 9:10-17, Jesus miraculously fed more than 5,000 people with a small amount of bread and fish.  Everyone ate until they were full.  The movie added cheering people when the food was being distributed, which I thought was a nice touch.  It could have happened-Who doesn’t want a free all you can eat buffet?

In Luke 13:10-17, A woman who must have had kyphosis, praised God after Jesus healed her.  In the movie, the elderly actress spoke heartfelt dialogue as she moved to frame Jesus’ face with her hands saying, “Praise to the Lord!  God keep you Rabbi.”  I got teary with her believable lines.

Jesus is a good movie.  It prepared our hearts for Easter Sunday.   The movie makes me think of a framed quote in my dentist’s office that says, “It was not the nails that held Jesus to the cross but rather his love for us.”

 

Judges 6:11-24

When Gideon prepared food for the Lord, he chose to prepare meat and unleavened bread.  He was instructed to set it on a rock, which he did.  Then, the Lord touched the food with His staff, causing fire to consume the meat and bread.

When I told Emily, my daughter, about Gideon and what he made for the Lord, she was very interested.  She told me that she wanted to make God a cheesecake.  She wondered if He’d like that.  I told her that God probably smiled at her idea of a sweet treat for Him.  What sweet love!

1 Thessalonians 5:18

I’ve been reading The Underground Railroad by Charles L. Blockson.  Some slaves endured long hours (6 a.m. – midnight), beatings, and being separated from families and sold.  In my opinion, the most amazing account is about a nameless, adventurous woman slave from Mississippi.  She prayed much about becoming free someday.  One night, when everyone was asleep, she gathered some food and took off for a swamp.  She walked in water so the bloodhounds couldn’t track her.  But one time, she heard those bloodhounds and she wasn’t near water.  She was a devout Christian and went to her knees praying to God about what to do.  After praying, she felt peaceful and stood up.  As the dogs approached her, she reached into her pocket and grabbed some crumbs.  She held out her hand.  Instead of showing aggression, as bloodhounds were trained to seize and mangle, the bloodhounds simply ate the crumbs and ran off in the woods.  The woman then traveled to Canada stopping at homes on the way for a little food.  She made rafts to get across waterways.  When she got into Canada, she fell to her knees and kissed the ground.  Then, in pure joy, she jumped up and down for 1/2 hour.

The woman from Mississippi was so very thankful for freedom.  Being thankful pleases God.  What can you thank God for?

Matthew 24, Romans 10:9

My daughter recently learned about The Great Famine of 1315 in Europe.  The cause of The Great Famine was too much rain and cold that adversely affected food production.  People ate bad apples and even grass.

Jesus said that famines will occur in the end times.  Nobody can know the day when Jesus returns, but it’s a good idea to get saved if you’re not already.  God makes salvation easy.  Just believe God raised Jesus from the dead and say, “Jesus is Lord.”

 

Proverbs 6:6, 30:25

Our son, Ethan, a 4th grader, recently finished an eight day ant observation for Science.  He learned more about them as he observed their behavior after presenting them with different food choices.

In Proverbs, the author asks the reader to be wise by thinking about the ways of the ant.  Many chapters later, the author brings up the ant again, this time referring to storing food.

Even though you’re probably not a 4th grader with a Science assignment to study ants, consider analyzing any available ants (hopefully none of them made your house their home).  Where we live, the temperature is still relatively mild, and watching ants outside was pretty peaceful, except for a curious neighbor that was nearby one day.  Happy ant watching!