The Law and the Land

This week’s readings begin with the Ten Commandments.  In the giving of the commandments God wasn’t trying to start a religion; he was trying to build a relationship with his people (19:4-6). The Ten Commandments show us what God really cares about in three main areas. The first four center on our relationship with God (20:2-11). The  next group addresses our relationship with others (20:12-14, 16) and the third group deals with our relationship to things (20:15, 17).  The remainder of the texts in the section (and the rest of Scripture for that matter!) recount the struggle that God and people go through to develop and maintain relationship.

Take a few moments to watch this three minute video of Charleton Heston in “The Ten Commandments” (and be grateful for the strides cinematography has taken in the past few decades!)  After you’ve watched the clip, I’d love to hear your thoughts regarding the questions below or about anything else you read this week.


I’d love to hear your thoughts……

By its portrayal in this video, do you think  Hollywood understands God’s desire to be in relationship with people?  What do you think the video convey’s about Hollywood’s perception of God and the Ten commandments?

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8 thoughts on “The Law and the Land

  1. Bigger picture than the 3-minute clip, we can say that Hollywood in the ’50s valued the stories of the Bible, here telling of Moses and the Ten Commandments. Old Testament films were in wide release in the decade. And people came to watch. On TV, we saw family-based values. Last night, for instance, we caught an old episode of Little House on the Prairie and there were several times where they prayed. This was a prime time show in the late ’70s and early ’80s. It had a tremendous run on TV. Hollywood had God at the center of some big hits.

    In the clip, God is portrayed as all powerful. He commands authority like your father but also shows compassion by giving Moses the laws on how people should live their lives. It’s the first “life’s little instruction booklet” … the stone tablet version.

    That’s my 2 cents.

    • I too lament that there is not more programming from Hollywood that supports biblical values. I’m thankful that God is raising up churches and others to fill this void. The response to “Courageous” is testimony that there are many who still desire this. When our family watches TV together we almost always watch an “old” show like the Cosby Show through Netflix or Hulu. They are much more edifying that most of the shows being produced today.

      • ginny and john mccook

        Amazing how we all thought this film was really something technically and the acting?? How things have progressed! I am seeing a parallel with our study of Hebrews – hopefully many will understand the focus of Hebrews as relates to the O.T. scripture – really can’t get the full import of the N.T. without the knowledge of the “Old.”

      • Absolutely, the Old Testament prepares us to receive Jesus as we meet him in the New Testament!

  2. Lori Skees

    I saw the power of God portrayed here, but I didn’t see the intimacy that I feel Moses experienced with God. The technology has come a long way, but I think the parting of the Red Sea is pretty good for the time. Still, one of my favorites, and it’s just not the Easter season if I don’t watch!

    • That’s my thought as well, Lori. The power of God is demonstrated but not so much friendship, love or intimacy of God. I wonder if this is the impression many have of God?

  3. John Hudson

    The film maker really did remove the feeling of intimacy of the scripture by try to show the power of God. I get the sense that God is setting out his rules as parent would to a child by explaining the reason for the rules – at least half of them – knowing that the child will ask “why” a hundred times! In this clip the film maker has loaded up on “thou shalt not” bullet points – or what we would now call “sound bites”. Just as with children, we need to have the reason for a rule lovingly explained to us – often more than once.

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