Eyes and Ears to be God’s People

The following peices of the challenge are of December 15th – 18th

December 15 :D
Readings are Isaiah 11:1-9, Numbers 16:20-35, Acts 28:23-31

“And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.” Isaiah 11:2

“And the Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 21 “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” 22 And they fell on their faces and said, “O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and will you be angry with all the congregation?” 23 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Say to the congregation, Get away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.”

25 Then Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. 26 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, “Depart, please, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be swept away with all their sins.” 27 So they got away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the door of their tents, together with their wives, their sons, and their little ones. 28 And Moses said, “Hereby you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works, and that it has not been of my own accord. 29 If these men die as all men die, or if they are visited by the fate of all mankind, then the Lord has not sent me. 30 But if the Lord creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the Lord.”

31 And as soon as he had finished speaking all these words, the ground under them split apart. 32 And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods. 33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol, and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly. 34 And all Israel who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, “Lest the earth swallow us up!” 35 And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men offering the incense.” Numbers 16:20-35

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“[“The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet:”]
“‘Go to this people, and say,
“You will indeed hear but never understand,
and you will indeed see but never perceive.”
27 For this people’s heart has grown dull,
and with their ears they can barely hear,
and their eyes they have closed;
lest they should see with their eyes
and hear with their ears
and understand with their heart
and turn, and I would heal them.’

28 Therefore let it be known to you that this salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen.” Acts 28:25-27

The theme from these texts is to listen and understand – from this comes knowledge and fear of the Lord, which will keep you safe.
Let it be known that salvation from God is here, let everyone listen!

December 16
Readings for this day were Isaiah 11:1-9, Micah 4:8-13 and Luke 7:31-35

Verses which contribute to this peice:
“here shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist,
and faithfulness the belt of his loins.

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat,
and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together;
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall graze;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11:1-9

“Now why do you cry aloud?
Is there no king in you?
Has your counselor perished,
that pain seized you like a woman in labor?
10 Writhe and groan,[a] O daughter of Zion,
like a woman in labor,
for now you shall go out from the city
and dwell in the open country;
you shall go to Babylon.
There you shall be rescued;
there the Lord will redeem you
from the hand of your enemies.” Micah 4:9-10

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““To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another,

“‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’

33 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.”” Luke 7:31-35

These texts lead me to the joining theme of trust in the Lord.
Proverbs 3:5-6:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths”

What better way to show your trust to God than being in your most vulnerable state in prayer?

Ball point pen.

December 17th!

Readings are: Psalm 80:1-7, Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Hebrews 10:10-18

Hear us, God! Listen to our cry and with Your might save us. Restore us and lead us to righteousness.

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”” Jeremiah 31:33-34


 But when Christ[a] had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,”

17 then he adds,

“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.”
Hebrews 10:12-18

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Finally! The theme for this peice is salvation! His Word and His righteousness; discernment between right and wrong; our path to righteouness and eternal life; it has been offered to us! Once we hear His word through the gift he has placed on our hearts and minds, reveals His word to be true!
We are God’s people! And He is our God!

December 18
Readings: Psalm 80:1-7, Isaiah 42:10-18 and Hebrews 10:32-39

Notes which I gathered from these texts are: God is our guide, God turns darkness into light/life, He turns rought places into level ground, the righteous will by faith, we (Christians) are of those who have faith and preserve our souls, and we want to see God’s face shine so that we may have salvation.

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I focussed on v.18 of the Isaiah 42 passage for the inspiration of this work “Hear, you deaf,
and look, you blind, that you may see!”

We are not blind, but see God’s face shining.

Fine tip felt pen, and editing in photoshop.
2015

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Respect, Preparation and Grace

Since I’m catching up to upload over a week of art peices for my Advent challenge, I will be doing block posts, having a few days in one.

December 12th.

(I’m slowly catching up on uploading my advent peices.)
The readings were: Isaiah 12:2-6, Amos 9:8-15, Luke 1:57-66

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I wanted to more literature again, so from thee texts I created a hymn.
The style of verse I chose was 8.6.8.6. With an abcb rhyme.
Verse 1 is a response to the reading Luke 1:57-66, verse 2 is Isaiah 12:2-6 and verse 3 is in response to Amos 9:8-15

December 13th
The Third Sunday of Advent

Readings were: Zephaniah 3:15-20, Isaiah 12:2-6, Philippians 4:4-7, Luke 3:7-18
A big uniting theme between these texts is preparing for God, which from this I focussed on the coming of Christ. Suitable for both old and new covenants.

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Again I chose literature  for this peice. The poetry is in the form of a haiku (5, 7, 5). The title comes straight from Phil 4:5. Photography is mine.

December 14th

Readings are! Isaiah 11:1-9, Numbers 16:1-19, Hebrews 13:7-17

Much respect an honoring your spiritual leaders is taught in today’s readings. To put your preists’ wishes before your own greed and “remember those spoke to you the word of God… imitate their faith” (Hebrews 13).

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However the art comes from the next part of the passage in Numbers 16, from v.25-35 because this shows what happened to those who disobeyed and wanted to rebel and take from Moses and the other current congregation leaders.

Then Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. 26 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, “Depart, please, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be swept away with all their sins.” 27 So they got away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the door of their tents, together with their wives, their sons, and their little ones. 28 And Moses said, “Hereby you shall know that the Lord has sent me to do all these works, and that it has not been of my own accord. 29 If these men die as all men die, or if they are visited by the fate of all mankind, then the Lord has not sent me. 30 But if the Lord creates something new, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the Lord.”

31 And as soon as he had finished speaking all these words, the ground under them split apart. 32 And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods. 33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol, and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly. 34 And all Israel who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, “Lest the earth swallow us up!” 35 And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men offering the incense.”

If we act in hate and want to move away from our leaders who are in good faith, we will receive punishment.

Watercolour, A3, 2015

Fruitful

December 11th!
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.

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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
2015

Be Aware

December 10
Readings: Isaiah 12:2-6, Amos 6:1-8 and 2 Corinthians 8:1-15.

The theme that I figured which binds all these texts together is: we need to be aware of who we are, what we have and where we are going. If I were to create an order with the texts, I would put 2 Cor 8:1-15 first, this establishes that we need to desire God’s grace and to be completed in Him. Then Isaiah 12:2-6, the results of receiving His grace is salvation, strength and joy. Then Amos is the contrast, that shows us, if we are do not have wilfull hearts for His grace and are taking all these gift and blessings in vain, then He will have wrath upon us.

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There was little imagery in these readings. In Isaiah 12 there was the imagery in in verse 3 “Therefore with joy you will draw water
From the wells of salvation.” however this doesn’t fit too well with the theme of ‘being aware’. So I just decided to use verse 9 out of 2 Cor 8 for this piece.
The background is just an experimental painting I did in Photoshop.

The Blessing – A Hymn

I have combined two days of readings to create this piece. I had the urge to write a lyrical piece, so to help myself catch up I used the combined readings of Isaiah 19:18-25, 2 Peter 1:2-15 (December 8th), Isaiah 35:3-7, LUke 7:18-30 (December 9th) and Psalm 126 to inspire the lyrics here.

From Dec 8, I found a common theme of multiple people/groups partaking and sharing the blessing/blessings of the Lord. Healing, restoration, life, glory and excellence were also mentioned in the text which helped me understand the foundations for this hymn.

For Dec 9, there was a strong theme of salvation, restoration and sharing God’s work with others.

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Words which I’ve taken directly from the text are from these verses:
“In that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria—a blessing in the midst of the land, 25 whom the Lord of hosts shall bless, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”” Isaiah 19:24-25

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to[a] his own glory and excellence,[b] 4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.” 2 Peter 1:3-4

“Strengthen the weak hands,
and make firm the feeble knees.
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Say to those who have an anxious heart,
“Be strong; fear not!
Behold, your God
will come with vengeance,
with the recompense of God.
He will come and save you.”” Isaiah 35:3-4

and additionally from 2 Corinthians 12:9-10:
“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

The pattern of the hymn goes, verses: 6.6.8.6 abcb, abab, abcb
and refrain: 9.11.9.11 abcb

This is song and lyrics but I cannot access the spiritual/song and lyrics category (stupid programming of the site. Doesn’t work in either Firefox or Chrome.

“The Blessing” Written by Georgie Dee
2015

We Are Saved

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December 7th
The readings were Psalm 126, Isaiah 40:1-11, Rom 8:22-25.

In Psalm 126 the author had just been through exile with Babylon and has new found joy in the Lord. The text in Isaiah also mentions comfort, about how towards Jerusalem God has pardoned it’s sin, and the peaceful way of the Lord. Romans further makes a point on waiting on the Lord with patience, particularly for the redeption of our bodies. Visually it was a but tricky for me to figure what to present. So this is why I settled on the imagery in Isaiah 40:11 of God gathering the lambs (His children) in His arms.

The Way of the Lord

Note: I didn’t realise Baruch was only RC Canon, so it’s being used here just as a source to emphasise the message given in the other passages.

December 6th
The Second Sunday of Advent
Today’s reading there was a choice between Malachi 3:1-4 and Baruch 5:1-9. I didn’t know which one to choose so I went forth with the other readings to see what common themes there were. The next three readings were LUke 1:68-79, Philippians 1:3-11 & Luke 3:1-6.

When reading Philippians I found that the text was very similar to that of 1 Thessalonions 3:9-13 which was a reading previous in the week about encouraging each other of growth in the Lord, and also linked to the discussion of discernment in Malachi 3:18 (from a previous reading). Between all these 3 passages I found a common message, that we must go follow the way of the Lord.

“By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78-79
“And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless, having produced the harvest of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.” Phil 1:9-11
“…as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'” Luke 3:4-6

From here I looked at both Baruch and Malachi and found that Baruch, despite being additional to the Protestant Bible, fitted perfectly for this theme of following God’s path.
“Arise, O Jerusalem, stand upon the height; look toward the east, and see your children gathered from west and east at the word of the Holy One, rejoicing that God has remembered them.
For they went out from you on foot, led away by their enemies; but God will bring them back to you, carried in glory, as on a royal throne. For God has ordered that every high mountain and the everlasting hills be made low and the valleys filled up, to make level ground, so that Israel may walk safely in the glory of God.
The woods and every fragrant tree have shaded Israel at God’s command.
For God will lead Israel with joy, in the light of his glory, with the mercy and righteousness that come from him.” Baruch 5:5-9

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I’ve taken “to make level ground” from Baruch literally and given an absolute flat horizon. I’ve also darkened the middle section of the land to emphasise a ‘path’ as per the theme. The text overlayed comes from the first Luke reading, Philippians and Baruch, regarding what being on that path is about.

Mixed media (watercolour, photo and digital editing)
2015

Sunrise from on High

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December 5th!
Readings are Luke 1:68-79, Malachi 4 and Luke 9:1-6.

I was tossing up between the themes of healing (found in Luke 9:1-6 and Malachi) and also the theme of spreading God’s word (both Luke texts) but I couldn’t find a way for them to work with each other. I left the texts and then came back and when I did I had a lightbulb, and saw that the underlying theme is that light has power over darkness.
I used the symbol of a sunrise as mentioned in Luke 1:78 “because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high” for today’s work.

Created in Photoshop

To Die is Gain

December 4
Today’s readings come fro,: Luke 1:98-79, Malachi 3:13-18 and Phil 1:18-26!

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I did something different tonight. Instead of trying to link all the texts together like all the other works, I decided to dedicate this one alone to Philippians 1:21 because this one of my favourite verses. I don’t think a symbolic drawing could have done it justice, so here it is in text.

Made in Photoshop.

Confidence in the Lord

December 3rd.
Readings were Luke 1:68-79, Malachi 3:5-12 & Phil 1:12-18

This was one of the easier themes to pick. It came down to a major theme in having confidence in God (Luke 1:70-75, Malachi 3:10, Phil 1:14) and a minor theme of God restoring His people (Malachi 3:7-12)

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I really liked this theme but the visuals were hard to choose. So I just went back to luke and used the metaphor of God taking us out of the hand of our enemies (1:71). Here the hand of the enemy is at the bottom and withering but God’s hand is from above and in fullness.

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