Originally published in The Blaze
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s “The Bible” has received a plethora of press and attention since its debut on March 3. But one of the elements surrounding the television series that hasn’t been discussed much is the fascinating set of miracles (some might simply dismiss them as odd occurrences) that took place on set — a series of events that, at the least, are both curious and stirring.
In various interviews over the course of the past few months, Burnett and Downey have been open about their view that the project was blessed by God and that they could feel his “hand” throughout the filming process.
And now, they’re speaking out about some of the bizarre instances that confirmed their contention that the Lord was overseeing “The Bible.” In a recent interview, Burnett told Entertainment Weekly, “The hand of God was on this.”
Here are just a few of the occurrences that convinced the two that the five-part series was being blessed by God:
1) Jesus Speaking to Nicodemus: As they were filming a scene depicting Jesus Christ (played by actor Diogo Morgado) speaking with Nicodemus, a priest and a central character in the book of John, an intriguing thing happened. Just as Morgado (obviously channeling Jesus) said that the Holy Spirit is like the wind (referencing John 3:8), the wind where the cast and crew were filming literally picked up on its own.
According to the Daily Mail, Burnett described the event as follows: “At that moment, a wind, like as if a 747 was taking off, blew his hair, almost blew the set over and sustained for 20 seconds across the desert.”
Obviously, the cast and crew were surprised. But the oddities didn’t end there.
2) Jesus’ Crucifixion: When TheBlaze met with Burnett and Downey to screen scenes from the film late last year, the two explained the difficulties surrounding the crucifixion scene. Considering its dangers, it was among the most difficult to film. But outside of these dangers, there was a potentially-calamitous natural occurrence that stunned the cast and crew.
Burnett and Downey had hired a “snake wrangler” to round up any dangerous reptiles throughout the filming. Normally, as the Daily Mail notes, the catcher would find one or two snakes. But on the day of filming for the crucifixion scene, he rounded up 48 potentially-lethal snakes on the mountain (i.e. set).
3) Jesus’ Baptism: Christ’s baptism scene was yet another one that yielded a bizarre happening. As Morgado was acting out the famous Biblical story, an irreplaceable piece of his costume floated away. Likely assuming they’d never see it again, the producers were astounded when a child appeared a few days later to return the article of clothing.
“Four days later, a kid showed up from many, many, many miles away, who had been seeking us through the desert to return this to us,” Burnett said in an interview with entertainment weekly. “He didn’t know what it was why he should seek us, but he felt he had to return it.”
What do you think — mere coincidences or evidence of God’s intervention? You decide.