While recovering from a very, very bad cold I’m sticking my head in and out of the History Channel’s epic series “The Bible”. Much props and thanks to producers Mark Burnett (The Apprentice & Survivor) and his wife Roma Downey (Touch by an Angel) for bringing to a new generation ‘The Word’ in a modern technology presentation. I watch a recent interview with them and how they felt the older movies like the Ten Commandments, The Robe, Ben Hur and others didn’t do it for this generation. I also really appreciate the diversity of appearances / actors they casted to portray heroes and sheroes in the Bible. My only concern is how sometimes we may risk authenticity for creative license.
Point and case…. When it was time for me spiritually to stop eating baby food and start eating meat. One teaching turned revelation I’ll never forget is the probable truth about Samson. When you read about him (Judges 13) and what happened it never tells or describes him being muscular. A matter of fact the biggest consistent issue in the story is that everyone wanted to know where he got his strength from? The quest was to find out and know the secret to his strength. If he had visible muscles the way he’s always portrayed in films and drawn paintings why would we have to ask “Where does his strength come from?” it would be obvious!
The fact that his body was probably so average and normal is what makes the story of Samson so historic, astounding, miraculous, incredible and powerful! The truth is that God does things through the unexpected, unbelievable and ridiculous. I’ve learned since that revelation in addition to many others to go to the source first and then filter anything else after accordingly.