“…that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:3b
The Bible begins the series of God’s Work paintings. It is necessary you bring your personal relationship with God and His Word when viewing the piece. Taking a close look, the abstract piece disappears. Symbolic images immersed from sight begin to visually surface and provide an encounter with the Word of God. This work can only be fully seen in its original form as you need to view it from many different angles, distant, and in different lights.
As you view the work, you will find that figures within the piece reflect characters found throughout various Bible stories. Some individuals may see lions from the story of Danial….(Daniel 6: 1-28)……or the reference to the Lion and the Lamb …… ( Rev5:5,6; 7: 17; John 1: 29, 36)…. or even the enemy seeking to devour us like lions….(1 Peter 5: 8)…. These bearded men, standing figures, or Mary can represent any number of stories from the Bible. Some of you may be drawn to various other images which may reflect or speak to your hearts. For example, what about the empty tomb of the risen Christ Jesus found in the center of the work, or to its right, the symbol of a bowl? Do the bowls remind you of the two verses from Revelations 5: 8 and 15:7 where the “…golden bowls full of incense are the prayers of God’s people…[or] …seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God.”?
As we delve into the Scriptures, we can discover so much more, for the Bible is the Living Word. It is active and continues to speak to our hearts. It is through the Word that the Spirit reveals Jesus’ message, His purpose, and His command. The Bible, a gift from the Lord, teaches, gives guidance and serves as our weapon to use against the evil one. The painting is but a view to encourage your relationship with God and His Son, Jesus.
A friend once shared how they were struggling with a relationship. They were broken in their sadness with no direction except to pray and seek the Lord’s guidance in His word. The friend went to their knees and asked God to show them what to do, how to handle the heartache and the pain, to help them understand why things were happening the way they were. During their prayer, with eyes closed, they opened their Bible, the Word of God. When they looked down, the Bible was open to Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thy own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (KJV). The Lord used the Bible, His Living Word, to provide guidance when His child sought an answer. This doesn’t mean that every answer will come as clearly as it did for this friend. It simply shows one the ways of how God communicates and speaks to each of us individually. This happens in the painting depending on one’s needs at the time of viewing.
Therefore, the Bible is God’s message to the world; it is our road sign, our guide post to help us travel the road of life.
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