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Commentary on “The Book of Eli”

"The Book of Eli" is a 2010 American post-apocalyptic film directed by the Hughes brothers, written by Gary Whitta, and starring Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman and Mila Kunis.  It was already shown in the U.S. last January 15; it isn’t previewing yet locally, but when it comes out I plan to watch it. 
 
I think this movie has a very interesting underlying message. 
 
Long-story-short: Is it thirty years after an apocalyptic event.  There is a man named Eli who for many years has been carrying with him the last surviving copy of the Bible (King James Version).  He has survived for this long for the sole purpose of getting this last remaining copy in safe hands, and to that end he has done everything in his power to protect it.  The Bible holds power, and the villain in the story knows that.  At the end of the movie the villain was able to get the book — only to find out it was written in Braille, which we cannot read.  It turns out Eli has been blind all this time.  He was able to find a group of survivors dedicated to preserving pre-war knowledge, but is mortally wounded by that time.  Eli was able to recite the contents of the Bible from memory before dying.  The movie ends with copies of the Bible being printed.  (Read the Wikipedia plot summary here.)
 
Although it is an action movie, I cannot help but notice the religious undertone behind the story. 
 
I remember reading somewhere that when the end times come, people will be searching for the Word of God but will not find it.  It makes me appreciate so much more how easily accessible the Word of God is to us, if we only take the time to look at it. 
 
The Bible is essentially God’s great love letter to us.  Sure, the Bible was just written by men – but they were men who were inspired by the message of love that God had for them and for all His people.  May we learn to read more of how He loves us through His words in this book. 
 
Jesus, King of Mercy, I trust in You! 
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