The readings for today are Isaiah 12:2-6, Amos 8:4-12 and 2 Corinthians 9.
Between the second two texts I found the message of the importance of generosity and using gifts for a good purpose.
In Amos it’s shown how people were using their gifts in vain, but were also impatient and selfish with the up coming crops and also for money. God then warns these people that He will punish and distance Himself from those with this attitude.
In 2 Corinthians 9 we see the opposite of this, and Paul commends the Corinth church and encourages them to be generous, to give to the needy and not take away but also to trust in God as He will supply you and you shall reap what you sow.
“You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous in every way. Such generosity produces thanksgiving to God through us. 12 Your ministry of this service to God’s people isn’t only fully meeting their needs but it is also multiplying in many expressions of thanksgiving to God.”
Here, we also have the message of multiplying, especially in our praise to God, we must put our trust in and praise in Him for these gifts (fruits) to be successful.
In Isaiah 12:2-6 the theme of trusting God is too given, and also the strength and joy that is of result of God’s support.
“And you will say on that day:
“Thank the Lord; call on God’s name;
proclaim God’s deeds among the peoples;
declare that God’s name is exalted.
Sing to the Lord, who has done glorious things;
proclaim this throughout all the earth.”
God has done glorious things for His people. In the Gospel teachings we told that we must be like Christ, the Son of God (John 13:13-17; 1 John 2:6), in regards to the Isaiah passage, we must strive to take part in glorious and excellent things. From today’s readings, this is to be generous, fruitful and righteous.
To reap what you sow, especially in the Lord, is to be rich in His supply and fullness. If we are fruitful and blessed by God and His grace, we are made righteous.
The artwork: ” The Hebrew word for “olive tree” is es shemen, which literally means ‘tree of oil.” It is from a primitive root meaning “to shine.” It means “richness, anointing, fat, fruitful, oil, ointment, olive.”” – William F. Dankenbring (www.triumphpro.com/olive-tree-mystery.htm )
I found a link between fruitfulness, righteouness, glorious and excellent actions through the symbol and meaning in the roots of the olive tree and olive oil and decided to use it as today’s advent art piece.
Coloured pencil and Photoshop