It was a TV hit, with a reported 22 million people watching it. I was among those who watched it and loved it. As a student of the Bible, having read it multiple times, I understand the difficulty the writers and producers must of had in choosing what stories to include and what stories to exclude.
But this epic miniseries, a show for our day equal to “The 10 Commandments” for its day, captured in 10 hours the essence of the Bible and proved to me that Americans are still hungry for the Bible stories and for its timeless stories that still have meaning for all humanity.
I commend the producers of this impressive series for having the courage to produce such a powerful show in our day of moral decadence and political correctness.
While 10 hours of film is long enough to provide only a brief overview of the messages in the Bible it was long enough to remind its 22 million viewers just how closely related the political messages portrayed from its day are similar to what we here in America are facing today in 2013.
The miniseries’ coverage of the Earth’s creation through the flood was brief but adequate to lay the foundation for God’s calling and covenanting with Abraham. This was a covenant that was passed down to Isaac and Jacob. Jacob’s 12 sons later became known as Israel, the 12 tribes of Israel on which most of the Old Testament is based; and Israel’s struggles to live up to the faith the Lord, their God Jehovah, had in them — and ultimately their failure to reach their potential.
Their failure to live God’s commandments led, over many years, to their ultimate destruction and scattering. This, then, was the setting for the high point of the series: the birth of and the teachings of Jesus Christ, the son of God. The episode shows how Christ was mocked, berated, crucified, laid in a borrowed tomb, then rose from that grave to sit on the right hand of God, as Stephen would later testify before being stoned to death by an ignorant crowd of his own people.
But the message for Christian America today is, in 2013, I believe, how a people chosen of God to bring forth his Plan of Happiness, both for mortality and eternal life, went astray and became subjects to Roman dictators who allowed them, subject to limits, to practice their own religion.
Should America fail, as did ancient Israel, will its new governing rulers be as tolerant as were the Romans and allow Christians to continue to worship their God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
It was impossible for this series to go into detail on the messages the Bible provides each human being for living the happy life. It was also impossible to weave into this production the commandments given by God to Moses such as that found in Deuteronomy 6:5-7 that reads: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
Today’s progressives, those who are now governing America, be they Democrat or Republican, are similar to the Pharisees and Sadducees who continually fought each other for power as portrayed in this series.
They, like today’s progressives mocked and crucified Christ, and strayed from God’s foundational teachings. The fourth segment references Christ’s prophesy regarding the destruction of their temple.
Viewers of this miniseries should ponder and study the biblical prophesies, those relayed via Moses in the Old Testament or directly from Jesus Christ in the New Testament and how they relate to America’s future if it totally rejects God’s laws, as did the Israelites anciently. Americans may not like what will come.
Many today mock such beliefs, but a detailed study of history shows clearly that when God’s commandments are trashed, as in America today (reference the Supreme Court’s review of marriage today) serious consequences follow. Germany, Japan and Russia mocked God law’s and were destroyed.
Millions of Americans, per this miniseries, still love the Bible’s messages.
Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.