“Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? And your labor for that which satisfies not? Hearken diligently unto Me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” Isaiah 55:2
The movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, is another one of those films in the Indiana Jones series where men search for an artifact which they believe contain the key to life. In this case, it is The Holy Grail; the goblet used by Jesus as He gave communion to the twelve Disciples prior to Judas’ betrayal and His arrest. In the movie, The Holy Grail has the power to heal and to offer eternal life to anyone who possesses it. Prior to this movie in the Indiana Jones series was, Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Hollywood blockbuster film that amassed millions worldwide. In Raiders of the Lost Ark, as in the Bible, The Ark has the power to vanquish any enemy of the nation who has The Ark in its possession. Both movies offer powerful dramatics based on the search for real-life biblical artifacts. However, the hero and his evil nemesis spend most of their time searching for items of ancient power, while the power they are searching for exists at the fingertips of anyone who studies the greatest book of all time--The Holy Bible.
Although these movies offer tons of animated theatrics and are both thoroughly entertaining, they do not take the viewer any closer to the power available in actually picking up your Bible and reading it. The truth is, if you read some of the stories in your Bible, they are as theatrical as, or even more dramatic than anything Hollywood could mastermind. If you really have no idea where to begin, select any of these stories, starting with the story of Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Ruth, Esther, or Daniel; and, that’s just a small part of the Old Testament. If you prefer something more dramatic and modern, jump straight to the New Testament books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, to read the life story of Jesus.
You may still say, “What’s the difference?” The difference is, when you are through reading these stories, they will change your life, giving you the kind of power you only see in the movies. And, its power evolves as you grow spiritually. It’s up to you; watch Hollywood search for power or participate in receiving real power. Act like a power ranger on the screen, or become a power conduit in real life!
It’s wonderful to be entertained, but remember, Isaiah 55:2 says, in paraphrase, don’t waste your money on things that do not feed or satisfy your spirit. Delight yourself in fatness—read your Bible. L.
Study Reference: Isaiah 55:2-7
From: "Raiders of the Lost." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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