Using the 2018 movie A Quiet Place, Pastor Mark (who is also a film professor)demonstrates how the film exhibits so many deep Biblical principles, and especially presents a parable about the everlasting and sacrificial love of Jesus for us.
A Quiet Place
2018 movie, directed by John Krasinski, and starring Krasinski and Emily Blunt
A film about love, protection, staying connected when you are way too busy, God’s love for us and His care even when we are not aware (or even think He doesn’t care), what protections we have in Christ, and what real sacrifice looks like. It’s really a fable–even a parable.
The film opens with the family walking through a store as quietly as possible. We learn this is a dystopian world where deadly monsters are attracted by sound. The youngest son lets off a toy rocket on the way home, making noise, and is killed by a monster.
Everyone must adjust every part of their lives to work with these new circumstances: sand on the walkways because noisy leaves are dangerous. No plates with dinner–they make too much noise. The play Monopoly with felt pieces and roll the dice on a carpet. But these things keep them safe. What changes would you have to make if you found yourself in that world?
Note: heir family name is “Abbot”. Abbots were the father figures in a Catholic monastery and were supposed to represent Christ. They very often lived in silence, and often went barefoot.
The mother is pregnant. But this family has prepared for life, not for death, even though babies making noise could be a big problem. What almost seemed like a preparation to kill the infant is revealed as an ingenious plan to keep it alive.
Clip 4–the family prays silently over their dinner.
Dad is constantly working on creating a better cochlear implant processor for his deaf daughter. He’s worked hard, to no avail. But he’s not going to stop trying–the definition of faithfulness. And his daughter clearly is angry with him and doesn’t want him to continue. We think the anger is related to her frustration, but there is more.
Dad is working hard on the hearing aids, always working to help and protect his family. But Mom knows the importance of staying connected in her main relationships, not letting the work of their lives–as demanding as it is–get in the way of connection. She pulls him away and they have a sweet and intimate dance.
Life is challenging, and we live in a culture where being too busy is something we tend to admire. We need to make time for relationships, especially among the children of God.
But they are not just connecting with each other, they are working with their children, keeping in mind the realities of living in that particular world–teaching math, and the dad helping the son to thrive in that environment.
Proverbs 22:6 is familiar to some of us, but let’s focus on the word “train.” Our children need to be trained in how to survive and grow. For those of us who don’t have kids at home, God has given us relationships where we have input into the lives of others.
The training continues. The waterfall has great symbolic meaning. In films, water often means baptism. What Dad is saying is that there is something that covers dangerous things like noise. Being in Christ protects us.
Acts 2:38-39 and II Corinthians 3:17 …where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
This is a picture of the freedom from fear that we get when we are in Christ. Behind the water, they can relax and be themselves, without the pressure of having to work to survive. This is a lovely picture of what salvation in Christ looks like, and how safe we are in the Lord.
The son asks if Dad still loves his sister, because she doesn’t know that, and blames herself for her brother’s death at the beginning of the film.
Mom’s water breaks, and she heads on down to the basement, where she intends to turn on the RED LIGHTS, a sign that she needs help–and come running. Do we have a signal in our lives that we’re in trouble, that we need help?
Mom steps on a nail sticking up on one of the steps. She shrieks, very briefly, and drops a framed picture, which makes a significant noise. But she puts the breaks on her shriek. She loves her family too much to let it all go, as most of us would if we stepped on a big nail. This catching of herself is love in action. I Corinthians 13 is all about love, but this is a beautiful demonstration of verse 7–love bears all things, even swallowing your scream out of love.
Now the most deeply symbolic of all the scenes in the movie. Deliberate or not? Mom has had her baby and put the new child into its box with its oxygen mask. She is resting when a pipe bursts, and one of the monsters has come downstairs. A water pipe breaks, and the basement begins to flood while mom is asleep. The red lights she lit up wash the scene in red. When she wakes up, the wooden box the baby is in is floating around. A baby floating in a container in the water can only be a reference to the Old Testament story of Moses, who escaped a similar situation as a baby. That gives hope, because good things happened with Moses.
The baby starts to make some noises, and mom is worried that the cries will become louder than the water coming from the pipes. She rescues the child, and as the child makes more and more noise, she steps behind the flowing red water, where she’s safe. This might be the most beautiful recent reference to the protection we have under the blood of Jesus.
Ephesians 1:7 and Hebrews 10:19-20
Now the climax of the film. Dad has rescued the children, but they are not inside the barn yet, and there is a monster still loose. The kids hide in the truck. Dad has picked up an ax, and the monster attacks him. Both the monster and Dad are injured, and the monster jumps on the truck to attack the children. Then he tells his daughter that he loves and always has. Then, in complete self-sacrifice, he lets out a large noise, attracting the monster away from his children.
Romans 5:8 and John 10:18
This is one of the best images representing what Jesus did for us in any recent movie. Here is a man, already wounded, giving his life for those he loves.
Yet there is more, and it continues to speak to us. The daughter goes into the area where Dad has been working on her behalf, and she sees a visual demonstration of how much her Dad loves, and has always loved, her. (Jeremiah 31:3)
How often do we doubt the love of God, and how precious is it when we get to look back and see His love demonstrated–in how we avoided trouble, in how we were brought through trouble, in finally seeing something that we didn’t have a divine perspective on because we were in the middle of it? We have all sorts of reasons why we sometimes can’t see His love, but what a joy when He shows us.
But even more than understanding the love of a father, or our heavenly Father, is the fact that what has been accomplished in the Father’s love equips us to move forward in victory. Whatever last change that Dad made in the cochlear implant processor, it was enough to undo the monsters. Dad’s positive influence didn’t die with him.
In the same way, Jesus’s influence didn’t stop with His death. He has equipped us for our victories, with His church, His word, His Spirit, and His wisdom. With Jesus, we’re ready for everything!
Hebrews 13:20-21, II Peter 1:3
Romans 8:31+ How can we doubt God’s love when He sacrificed His son for us and gave “all things”?
A Quiet Place is a parable of many things: the love of a Father, who loves and has always loved, a self-sacrificing Jesus-like figure who gives His life for His children. It pictures the protection we find in Christ and in being spiritually covered by the blood of Jesus. And it provides a picture of a God who not only sacrificed His son for us, but who has equipped us for victory.