Hugo Cabret and the Divine Watchmaker - John Van Sloten

March 11, 2012

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Media @ New Hope CalgaryWe’re going to look at God’s redemptive story as found in the Academy award winning film Hugo.

It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion's exiles. We laughed, we sang,we couldn't believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations, God was wonderful to them! God was wonderful to us;we are one happy people.

And now, God, do it again—bring rains to our drought-stricken lives. So those who planted their crops in despairwill shout hurrahs at the harvest, So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.
Psalm 126, The Message

"He said it was like seeing his dreams in the middle of the day…"
Hugo, talking about his dead Father’s description of movies

“According to their [Newton and his followers] doctrine, God Almighty wants to wind up his watch from time to time: otherwise it would cease to move. He had not, it seems, sufficient foresight to make it a perpetual motion. Nay, the machine of God's making, so imperfect, according to these gentlemen; that he is obliged to clean it now and then by an extraordinary concourse, and even to mend it, as clockmaker mends his work.”
A cynical Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

“The machine was so intricate, so complicated, that he almost got dizzy looking at it. Even in its sad state of disrepair, it was beautiful”
Hugo reacting to the rusted, broken Automaton, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, p117

“He said to me, "Prophesy over these bones: 'Dry bones, listen to the Message of God!' “God, the Master, told the dry bones, "Watch this: I'm bringing the breath of life to you and you'll come to life. I'll attach sinews to you, put meat on your bones, cover you with skin, and breathe life into you. You'll come alive and you'll realize that I am God!"
Ezekiel 37:5-6, The Message

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