Every good story needs great scenes, so it make sense that God, the author and finisher of our faith should know something about creating great settings, and great scenes for His stories. Take for example the Garden of Eden. Lush foliage, fragrant blossoms, delicious fruit, soft lighting, the sweet songs of birds and humming of bees combined to form the perfect backdrop for the first drama to be played out.
Then there were the darker scenes. Weeds, harsh winds, the smell of human sweat and blood as the arbiter of all flesh asked, “Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?”
And who could forget the courtroom scene complete with princes and priests, sorcerers and jesters, as the crisp slap of wooden rods striking the marble tile and the hiss of serpents in contest of wills between Moses and the Great Pharaoh.
The centuries of biblical history are replete with such imagery as the wind-swept meadow lined with soldiers in shining armor on one side, a rag-tag rabble of farmers and shepherds on the other and a giant in the middle challenging God’s people to the ultimate contest. God left little for the imagination when a young shepherd boy stepped onto the pages of history armed with only a sling and five smooth stones.
From such scenes as Joshua marching around Jericho, to Jonah being tossed over-board only to be swallowed by a whale, we see God’s tapestry of scene painting, God knows setting.
From courtrooms to palaces, from rivers lined with reeds to horses galloping through woods, God know scene painting.
Some of cinema’s biggest box office hits got their ideas from scripture, Exodus, The Ten Commandments, Ben Hur, The Kingdom of Heaven, Noah.
God chose the background of a small Judean town for the birth of His Son. God chose the Sea of Galilee with its turbulent waves for Jesus to stand on the pitching deck of a fishing trawler to calm the sea, and the soft grasses surrounding Tiberius for His Son to teach and heal the lost sheep of Israel. Speaking of sheep, Jesus, the great story teller, painted verbal pictures for his most memorable lessons, the ninety-and nine, the lost coin and the return of the prodigal son. He used the backdrop of a dusty street to write the names of the men who accused the woman caught in adultery. He used a well as the setting for speaking to the woman who had five husbands and the crowded marketplace for healing the woman with the issue of blood. God knows scene painting.
The scene was Jerusalem with its white stone walls. The setting was Passover, the cast was throngs of people from all over the Roman Empire. The script had been written before time began.
Expectations of the coming kingdom were high. Talk of the coming Messiah was first whispered among the Sanhedrin, then rumored among the people, then shouted by children as this humble teacher rode through the narrow city streets to the sounds of “Hosanna, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
The scene drastically changes as this lowly man wields a whip and drives out the money changers from the temple. And again, the scene changes as if a three act play was unfolding before our eyes. Judas betrays his rabbi for thirty pieces of silver, Peter denies his Lord while sitting around the enemy’s fire, and Pilot surrenders to the will of the people. Again the curtain drops, the audience waits with baited breath. The curtain rises over three rugged crosses. The afternoon sun blazed like a spotlight, scorching the heads of the suffering men as they writhed in anguish. Behind them, the face of a skull, above them, the angry clouds and around them, a violent mob jeered. God knows scene painting.
But wait, the story isn’t over. God is not finished.
The setting is once again, a garden. The sweet fragrance of lilies wafting through the morning air, a heavy silence waits as armed guards stand protecting a tomb. Suddenly, the ground begins to quake, rocks crumble, a light as bright as the sun breaks the darkness and a voice shatters the silence. “He is not here, He is risen!” God knows setting.
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