Great Stories from the Bible: Vol. 1
Seeing: A man blind from birth is miraculously healed by Jesus Christ. With his sight restored, he not only sees his Healer, but also His divinity—whereas others, despite their perfectly good eyesight, seemingly cannot see Jesus for who He really is. This is based on John 9.
Touch: One day, as Jesus was moving through a crowd of people, He suddenly observed, “Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue [power] is gone out of me.” Touch was an act of faith. A woman with an issue of blood had touched His garment, believing that by doing so she would be healed. And she was.
The Good Samaritan: In this parable shared by Jesus, a traveler fell among thieves and was left half dead. While others passed him by, a Samaritan—a known Jewish enemy—saved the man from certain death by caring for him. “Go and do thou likewise” was then Christ’s charge—for all of us.
Akedah (The Binding): After giving Abraham a promise of endless posterity through which all the world would be blessed, God gave the prophet a great test: a commandment to sacrifice his beloved and only son, Isaac. This event is known by many throughout the world as the Akedah—the Hebrew word for binding.
Elijah & the Widow of Zarephath: After three years of famine, a faithful widow and her young son were down to their last “handful of meal … and a little oil,” when the prophet Elijah approached her, imploring, “Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.” Experience the widow’s trial of faith as told in 1 Kings.
The Sisters of Bethany: Little is known of Mary or Martha The Bible mentions them thrice: the raising of their brother Lazarus (John 11); Mary anointing the feet of Jesus (John 12:1–8); and “choosing that good part” (Luke 10:38–42). But those three incidents are fundamental in Christ’s ministry and in his teaching.
What a job, well done! This DVD contains six reenactments of Bible stories which are dramatized with quality and good production value. I was completely captured by the attention to detail in this video, including the authentic-looking costumes and even the use of Hebrew at times.
The stories feature the blind man being healed after Jesus sends him to wash out mud from his eyes in the Pool of Siloam. The Pharisees challenge the man about who healed him, as they want to discredit Jesus. A woman with an issue of blood touches Jesus’ garment by faith and a miracle occurs. A Good Samaritan comes by to help a man who was beaten and robbed by thieves and though not overly graphic, his bloody wounds are seen. The Samaritan binds up the wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and takes him to an Inn and pays for him to stay there as he recovers. It is handled in a touching manner.
Next we have the story of Abraham and his obedience to God, even to the point of nearly sacrificing his son, his only son, Isaac. This example obviously parallels the example of Christ’s sacrifice and another sacrifice other than Isaac is found just in time. Elijah and the widow of Zarephath both see the miracles of God as she takes care of his needs, feeding him despite her meager supply of food. Yet she never runs out. The sisters of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, are devastated when their brother Lazarus dies and they experience great grief. Yet Jesus shows up and they find it is never too late for hope when he is around.
I can’t use enough descriptive words to state how much I enjoyed this DVD. It is thoughtful, reverential, and nicely done. Five Doves from us, the most we award to any film.