The Holy Spirit spoke to me through this scene in Indiana Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The Holy Spirit wanted me to turn on the T.V. tonight for a few minutes so He could show me something. It’s rare that the Holy Spirit tells me to turn on the T.V. so I grabbed the remote and flicked it on. After flipping through a bunch of garbage, I came to Indiana Jones’ Raiders of the Lost Ark. I got the sense I should watch it, so I did.
It was on the the next to last scene, where they open the Ark of the Covenant and demonic spirits are released to destroy everyone who looks on it (watch the clip above). I grew up on this movie and I remember as a kid shutting my eyes when the Nazi guy’s skin melted off his face. I also shut my eyes because I thought I would be destroyed, just like the people in the film, if I kept them open.
Watching the full scene now, years later, I have to say, even for today’s standards, it’s a pretty gory. And it’s scary too because of how real what the film is referring to is. The Ark of the Covenant, which is where the Ten Commandments are kept, is so holy that God gave the Israelites explicit instructions as to how it should be handled.
If we remember the story of Uzzah and how he was struck dead for touching the Ark, clearly, conduct surrounding the Ark is not to be taken lightly. For more, check out this great explication on why Uzzah was killed and here’s a linkto some Bible verses that discuss the Ark of the Covenant.
In the scene, after they’re all destroyed and Indie and his girlfriend are saved because they kept their eyes closed, the Holy Spirit spoke to me. He said something to the effect of these words:
People in society today have no respect for me or my laws and are like the men in the movie who looked on the Ark when they were not supposed to. Everyone who disregards my Word will be destroyed.
So I think we all need to ponder these words as we go forward into 2013. God bless.
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VERSE OF THE DAY
I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. — Psalm 4:8 (KJV)