Okay – this was an awesome “feel-good” film with a beautiful storyline. Also a great film to catch a sighting of our wonderful Lord. The film is about a fishing expert – Dr Alfred Jones (Ewan McGregor) who is somewhat blackmailed by his boss into taking on a project that is being looked after by an extremely wealthy Sheik called Sheik Muhammed (Amr Waked). Sheik Muhammed has a vision of bringing the sport of Salmon Fishing into the dessert. With the help of Harriet (Emily Blunt) the three of them embark on an uplifting journey of faith and fish to make the impossible possible.
Trailer can be viewed here.
I’ll give a breakdown of the characters first:
Harriet was a stunning picture of The Bride of Christ in the beginning of the film she was in a relationship with a man called Robert (Tom Mison). Robert is a picture of Adam or The First Man. Dr. Jones is a reflection of Christ, The New Man. He was also a picture of The Body of Christ… we’ll get into that in a second. Sheik Muhammed was a representation of The Father as well as Christ.
Sheik Muhammed (The Father) had a vision or a plan to cultivate a garden in the Yemen. the Yemen was a barren, dry void land (sounds a lot like the Earth in the very beginning…). He wanted to bring life where there was nothing but death. He specifically mentions that he wanted to bring the colour “green” to the Yemen. The Father needed someone to implement his plan, to help him bring it into it’s fullness. This is where Dr. Jones came in..this is a reminder of how the Father needed the Son for His eternal purpose.
Let’s backtrack a little bit… Dr. Jones was an “expert” in the field of all things fishing. When Harriet presented this “new” concept of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen he thought it was pure madness. How often do we deem ourselves “experts” in Christ? We can be presented with a totally new, fresh exciting aspect of Him, yet, our “knowledge” often prevents us from taking that “step of faith” forward to seeing it or should I say HIM come to Life.
Just pause and think for a minute, how big is the country you live in, now what about the the Earth, now the Galaxy, now the Universe, which by the way, is expanding daily. And all of “that” is summed up in Christ. How could we ever be an expert in Him? He is soooo big!!! Makes a lot of sense to me why we need all of eternity to get to know Him. Yet Dr Jones was an “expert” in this particular field and he stated that the whole project “impossible” – well he actually deemed it “theoretically possible .. just like putting a man on Mars is theoretically possible”
Deep down inside Dr Jones knew that – at a cost – the project could work. What was interesting was that he made the cost so extremely high that he thought Harriet would decline him. Our cost to the Father was also extremely high.. yet he paid it without giving a second thought – just as Sheik Muhammed paid the figure without a second thought. He knew what He wanted and was willing to pay whatever the cost to get it. Sounds familiar?
Harriet was in love with Robert. Robert was called to the war in Afghanistan. Here he was involved in a bomb explosion and presumed dead. Harriet worked on the project with Dr Jones and they began to find that they had feelings for one another. Dr Jones’ marriage was falling to pieces and Harriet had lost all hope in Robert ever being found alive.
In order for the project to work, Dr Jones required Salmon. He was not able to get them from the waters in England. Their last resort was from a fish farm. These fish were bread for one purpose – to be killed and sent to the shopping centre as food. Just like our fate while we were in Adam was surely death.
Dr Jones found the faith to believe that when the fish were released into the river, that they would recognise that they needed to swim upstream. He believed it was in their DNA, rooted in their inner being. Saints, the river is Christ. We were born to live in Him and swim freely IN Him. But for too long we have been in captivity, being spoon-fed a false testimony of Christ. He’s bigger than a 2×4 stagnant plot of water. Our spirits recognise His currents, He is the River. We – as a body – can know Him, and swim upstream in Him. He created us to do just that! To partake of His divine life and live freely in Him. Just like the fish in this film were able to come out of captivity and into freedom – we can too! Hallelujah!
The project in the Yemen was a split picture of Genesis and 1st John.
Genesis – it was a picture of a void, empty Earth. The plan was to bring Life to the Earth. Everything was going according to the plan. The fish were doing what they were supposed the garden was green – it was perfect. But a few men who opposed the plan plotted to destroy the garden. They did this by flooding it with the dam waters. The water (which is a picture of “death”) swept through the sanctuary and tore it to pieces. This was a picture of the fall.
1st John – The Yemen is a picture of fallen mankind. Dry and dead with no “life” living inside of them. Whilst everything appeared to “together” on the outside there had to be death for there to be new life. The flood waters are a picture of The Cross. They wiped out everything. But then there was a new day. On this new day, there was life in the river – some of the fish had survived. Robert (who is a picture of Adam) was back in the picture – it’s funny how the old man, although he is dead, has a sneaky way of making his way back into our lives every now and then. Harriet was faced with a choice – just like we are. We can choose to go back to our old ways and live in Adam. Or we can choose to let go of our past, and I mean all of it, and life in Christ (for Harriet this was Dr. Jones).
Harriet saw the life that the project was producing and she decided to stay with Dr Jones (Christ). The new day meant that Adam was out of the picture, and there was a rebuilding of the project. Just as Christ is rebuilding His house! Dr Jones said that the project would look different now (just like Christ looked different after Resurrection). He wanted the project to involve the community (it could not be done as an individual). Christ (Dr Jones), The Bride (Harriet) and the Father (Sheik Muhhamed) stayed in the Yemen, the new land (New Jerusalem) to bring their united vision of LIFE where there was once death.
The opposition in this film is a mirror image of the opposition found in Christ. Sheik Muhammed had a vision and a plan for a barren land just as the Lord, our Father has an eternal plan to bring Life (which is His Son) and give that life freely to us to live in Him, through Him, from Him and for Him. The opposers plotted to kill the Sheik (just as Christ was plotted against). In the film, the opposers never succeeded at killing the Sheik and his vision came into being in the end. In reality, the opposers never succeeded at killing our Christ and his vision will come into being in the end. It’s already happening. Just like Harriet and Dr Jones made a choice and left their old lives behind to be apart of The Father’s (Sheik Muhammed’s) plan and vision – we can make that choice too. Yes Today. It’s not a plan that comes with the “end times” He wants it now, on the Earth. He wants his garden back, He wants a dwelling place where he can walk with man in the cool of the day again. All we have to do is let go of the old, say goodbye, put it to rest and then we can turn to Him fully, we can give ourselves fully to His glorious plan! “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it” I’m not saying it’s easy…. but I am saying it’s worth it!
For His beautiful garden, house, bride and more!