The movie The Book of Eli is about the journey and amazing faith of Eli. He had given his effort and even his life for his mission. This story is one of the greatest examples that Christians should follow. Christians today are lazy and this movie should teach us on what we should do for our faith.
The movie’s plot is a post-apocalyptic era when Eli (Denzel Washington) lived. Eli has a mission of bringing a Book to a certain place. He travelled on foot for years passing through lawless lands and bandits. Eli seems to be equipped with great self-defense combat and fighting skills that’s why he managed to protect himself and the mysterious Book from bandits.
On his journey, he entered a town lead by a bandit named Carnegie (Gary Oldman). When he met Eli and learned that he could use Eli’s fighting skills, he invited Eli to stay. Carnegie also has an interest on the Book to use it for his selfish desire and to rule the land. He later discovered that Eli possessed what he’s looking for through Solara (Mila Kunis), the daughter of his partner. When Eli learned that his life and the Book are danger, he escaped the town without knowing that Solara followed him.
Carnegie and his men chase Eli and Solara and found them fleeing from cannibal partners. They exchanged gun fires and Eli and Solara were captured. Carnegie threatened to kill Solara to oblige Eli to hand him the Book. Carnegie received the book and shot Eli and leaved him for dead.
Along the road, Solara managed to escape from Carnegie and drives back to help Eli. Carnegie decided not to follow her because they’re running out of gas and besides, he already has the book. Solara found Eli and helped him to reach his destination, the Alcatraz. When they met the guards, he told them that he has a copy of the Book, the King James Version, and they were allowed in. They met Lombardi (Malcolm McDowell), the curator of a printing press that’s bringing back lost books and the Bible is a one book that they doesn’t have yet. And to re-produce the Bible again, Eli began to dictate it, from his memory!
Meanwhile, Carnegie managed to open the “locked” Bible and learned a stunning discovery!
I’m not going to reveal what that great discovery is, or I’ll be the great spoiler. The discovery is about the Bible and Eli. I can give you one clue; the Bible will be total useless to Carnegie.
Now, how’s this story as an example of faith? Eli’s faith is so great that he gave his own life to preserve the Bible. And to protect the Book, he memorized the entire Bible! He fights and do things uttering Bible verses. He taught Solara to pray. He did these in a time when nobody else is doing it anymore. He gets strength through the word of God.
Although the story is just fiction, but this is true in real life. The prophets, kings and apostles have already written about it more than 2,000 years ago:
“Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” – Psalm 119:11
“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” – Joshua 1:8
“Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.” – Deuteronomy 11:16
Memorizing the Bible will not only preserve the word of God but it will preserve your life too. When you will have questions, troubles, and doubts, you don’t have to look for a Bible and open it and search for the verse, you can easily defend yourself from the works of the devil. Let us be like Eli; that no matter what happens, no matter what they did to him, the word of God is always with him.
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