Restoration

December 2nd
Today’s readings were Psalm 90, Isaiah 11:29-31 & Luke 11:29-32.

For me today was hard in finding links between all three texts. I kept wracking my brain but it was difficult to find a relation between the OT and the passage from Luke. With help from my friend we managed to work out a theme across all texts, which is restoration through wisdom in God.

In the passage of Luke we find Jesus talking about history and how the people wished to listen to Solmon, because of his wisdom, but He then teaches us that the Son of Man (Him) has come, is present and His wisdom is far greater than those of the previous prophet (Luke 11:31).
1 Corinthians 1 (v24) shows us that Christ is the power of God and also the wisdom of God. Power and wisdom are not separated.
Linking back to Psalm 90 there is the passage “Who knows the power of Your anger?
For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.
So teach us to number our days,
That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (11-12)
And “Make us glad according to the days in which You have afflicted us” (15).
These verses are a cry in appreciation for God and His gifts, particularly wisdom and the humility which we receive by facing God and His law. This second part is what leads us into the Isaiah reading on restoration.
The city in this passage a once godly city has turned away from God and His righteousness, so when God says in v25-26 “I will turn My hand against you,
And thoroughly purge away your dross,
And take away all your alloy.
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I will restore your judges as at the first,
And your counselors as at the beginning.
Afterward you shall be called the city of righteousness, the faithful city.” He is saying that all their distractions and sinful associations must be cut off to restore the city back to righteousness. This too seemlessly works with Psalm 90:3 “You [God] turn man to destruction,
And say, “Return, O children of men.””

Tinderspark

So after finally figuring out this theme, I had to find a visual suitable. That too was difficult but I just decided to use the final verse of Isaiah 31 as inspiration:
“The strong shall be as tinder,
And the work of it as a spark;
Both will burn together,
And no one shall quench them.”

I found a verse from another Psalm also suitable for this, which I included in the artwork.

Vectors made in CorelDRAW
Layers and text done in Photoshop
2015

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