Let My People Go! Reviewing What's In The Bible? Episode 2
Let My People Go!
What’s In The Bible? Episode Two
This week, Fumbling Towards Eternity has been dedicated to reviewing the latest project from Phil Vischer, the creator of VeggieTales. What’s In The Bible? will be a 13-episode series leading children through the Story of God and all He has done for humankind. He tackles hard questions without talking down to his audience, focusing on the trustworthiness of the God who is telling this story. Each episode tackles a Big Question, before diving into the narrative. They introduce vocabulary that a lot of adults might not know, and (as we saw yesterday) they’re not afraid to say, “I don’t know,” when a difficult question doesn’t really have a clear answer.
The Big Question for this episode is, “Who Picked the Books of the Bible?” They introduce the word canon, and offer another bit of church history, before going on a bit of a jag about the Da Vinci Code that’s probably way over the heads of the kids. They’re making a good point, that the books Dan Brown, et al, are touting as “new and secret revelations” are neither new nor secret. But the Da Vinci Code jokes fell a bit flat for me.
Today’s narrative covers Genesis 12 – Exodus 50! It’s a huge story, but they do a fine job of covering it. Pastor Paul defines salvation (rescuing from harm or danger) and redemption (paying the price to set someone free), and then we enter the story of Abraham and his family. Brother Louie, an African-American preacher, plays a big role in telling this story with his song, “Hallelujah, Look What God Can Do!” that wraps up part 1. Part 2 opens with Sunday School Lady laying out God’s description of saving the world – from “God created the heavens and the earth” to “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth.” Then we dive into the Exodus narrative – Chuck Wagon gets to sing this story, and it’s REALLY well-done. They tell about Pharoah command of the murder of the Israelite babies, Moses murdering an Egyptian and fleeing, and the Burning Bush story, before getting into the Ten Plagues. They stop the fun song to make sure they treat the final plague with the seriousness it deserves. They point out how it is a response to Pharoah’s command, and a reminder of the danger of sin, how it takes our life away. They look at the Passover, pointing out how the narrative connects both to the Abraham/Isaac narrative and the Jesus story. They wrap up with the journey through the desert and the Tabernacle, leaving the cliffhanger of God’s Presence which no one but Moses can approach.
Carly and I were very impressed with this episode – if the Da Vinci Code jazz had been dropped, it’d have been just about perfect for us! Overall, we’re pretty excited about the potential uses of this series. Some of the instrumental music and Pastor Paul’s clerical collar might pose a challenge for parents in fellowships where those things aren’t part of their worship or tradition, but they’re not hard to overcome. The instrumental music isn’t used in the context of communal worship, and Pastor Paul’s not in vestments or anything – most kids won’t even notice that his collar looks a little different. The intro song is definitely the weakest song of the entire series (*sigh*) but the rest of the songs in these two episodes have been excellent – strong theology, useful vocabulary, and definitely memorable for little ones (earworms, for the rest of us!)
Alright! Here we are, at the end of Episode Two, and another free giveaway! Leave a comment below – share with us your favorite part of the Let My People Go narrative, and you’ll be all set up to win a copy of Episode Two tomorrow!
in HIS love,
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