It’s thrilling that so many people are taking part in the Bible in Two Years programme. I’m aiming (along with Nick Cox and four other West End church leaders) to have read through the whole Bible by the summer. We’re reading Leviticus this week, which makes for some interesting reflections. So far, our experience has been an overwhelmingly positive one. We meet in Starbucks on Byres Road at 7.45 on Thursday mornings in order to share what God has given to us and invariably we get fired up with how God speaks. I hope the same is true for you as you read the Word.
I went to the cinema this afternoon to see yet another post-apocalyptic movie (having seen the “The Road” last week). Today was “The Book of Eli”, in which Denzel Washington plays a man on a road trip to the west of the USA, following a disaster and war. He carries with him a book, which he reads every day. Gary Oldman plays the dictator of a small town, who wants this book, for he regards it as a weapon, believing that it will help him control others. It’s not too much of a spoiler to reveal that the book in question is the last known copy of the Bible! I had figured the titular book might contain some scientific revelation that would save the world, so imagine my surprise to discover its real identity.
It’s an action film, with a lot of violence and some swearing, so be warned if you go to see it. The cinema was pretty full this afternoon, and I smiled broadly when scripture was quoted in the movie. The script writers remind us that men might use words to manipulate others. However,”The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.” (Hebrews 4:12-13). Old Denzel might wield a double-edged sword mightily in this story, but the Bible features as the most powerful and life-transforming element in it .