The Book of Eli is an absolutely A.MAZ.ING. movie. If you haven’t seen it, go and Netflix it (because honestly who rents any more?) But if you haven’t the time/opportunity to watch it then here’s a short trailer for it.
The film is about a man (yes his name is Eli) who is trying to save the last Bible in the post-apocalyptic world. He is one of few people left who lived before the sun became too powerful for comfortable human life. The antagonist, Carnegie, is after a copy of the Bible so that he can use it to take more power and expand his influence into getting people to do what he wants. Eli, however, is focused on listening to what he says is God’s voice and it’s telling him to go west and that’s what he does.
I was reading Amos recently and found some amazing passages which have a great connect to The Book of Eli.
“And on that day,” declares the Lord God,
“I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.
“I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentation;
“I will bring sackcloth on every waist and baldness on every head;
“I will make it like the mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day.
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God,
“when I will send a famine on the land – not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
“but of hearing the words of the LORD.
“They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east;
“they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the LORD,
“but they shall not find it.
“In that day the lovely virgins and the young men shall faint for thirst.
“Those who swear by the Guilt of Samaria, and say, ‘As your god lives, O Dan,’ and, ‘As the Way of Beersheba lives,’ they shall fall, and never rise again.”
-Amos 8:9-14 (ESV)
Wow. Plenty of direct connections to the aforementioned film. In these verses we read the value that God’s very word has for us. Jesus said he is “the Bread of Life” (John 6:35) and he offers us the very soothing water that quenches our thirst (John 4). This famine that is the very deprivation of God’s grace, the absence of Christ, is Hell itself. Yes, in Hell we can finally see our own blindness and we shall seek, knock, and ask without reply. As much as Carnegie desires to obtain the Bible for his own purposes it is denied to him even as close as he gets to it.
“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the LORD,
“When the plowman shall overtake the reaper
“and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed;
“the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.
“I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel,
“and they shall rebuild the ruined cities and inhabit them;
“they shall plant vineyards and drink their wine,
“and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit.
“I will plant them on their land,
“and they shall never again be uprooted
“out of the land that I have given them,” says the LORD your God.
-Amos 9:13-15 (ESV)
A remnant remains.