One Night With the King

Last night Carolyn and I watched One Night With the King, the movie that tells the biblical story of Esther.  Good movie!  It wasn’t the best movie ever or anything like that, but I’d still definitely recommend it.

One of the best parts was the scenery.  If you read even just the first chapter of Esther, you’ll notice the detailed account of the luxuriant extravagance in the palace of Susa.  The movie did a great job of showing the magnificence of the palace and the city.  Stunning videography!  The movie would be worth watching for this alone.

Another thing I really appreciated was that the film taught me something I was totally clueless about.  There’s a story in 1 Samuel about how Israel’s King Saul attacked the Amalekites and wiped out nearly all of them.  I had no idea this story had any connection with the story of Esther, which takes place over 500 years later.  But in the movie, the wife of Agag–the slain Amalekite king–escapes and gives birth to a son, who carries on the family line.  Eventually this line (in the movie) leads to Haman, the bad guy in Esther.  After watching the movie, I looked it up in the Bible–and sure enough, it says that Haman was an “Agagite,” that is, descended from King Agag!

So Haman’s mission is to wipe out the people (the Jews) who wiped out his people (the Amalekites).  He has this weird symbol passed on through the generations from Agag’s widow to himself, and interestingly, it looks a whole lot like a swastika.

Whenever a film causes me to pull out my study Bible and do some research, it’s a movie I can appreciate.  If you haven’t seen One Night With the King, I’d encourage you to check it out.

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Published in: on February 20, 2007 at 12:18 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. You probably know this already, but Amalek, whom the Lord ordered Saul to utterly destroy, is a type of the flesh. It’s interesting then that an Amalekite so many years later nearly destroys the Jews because Saul failed to wipe them out completely. The symbolism here fits in perfectly with the battle between us and our flesh, that if we try to make peace with it we run the risk of being destroyed by it down the road.

  2. Wow, that’s interesting! I didn’t know that. It’s amazing the way the Bible speaks on so many different levels all at once.


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