Mountains – Yahweh’s Nature

“In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for he made it, and His hands formed the dry land.” – Psalm 95:4-5

Hope by GeorgieDeeArt
Queensland by GeorgieDeeArt
Looking Back ii by GeorgieDeeArt
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Nardoo iii by GeorgieDeeArt
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Goomburra III by GeorgieDeeArt

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Pentecost

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The Coming of the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested[a] on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

Peter’s Sermon at Pentecost

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.[b] 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
    and your young men shall see visions,
    and your old men shall dream dreams;
18 even on my male servants[c] and female servants
    in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;
20 the sun shall be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood,
    before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.
21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

(ESV)

Have a blessed Pentecost Sunday

Yahweh’s Creation

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Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day. ~ Gen 1:9-13

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His Holy Arm

December 25
Nativity of the Lord
Readings: Isaiah 52:7-10, Psalm 98,
Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12), John 1:1-14

“How beautiful upon the mountains
Are the feet of him who brings good news,
Who proclaims peace,
Who brings glad tidings of good things,
Who proclaims salvation,
Who says to Zion,
“Your God reigns!”

Your watchmen shall lift up their voices,
With their voices they shall sing together;
For they shall see eye to eye
When the Lord brings back Zion.

Break forth into joy, sing together,
You waste places of Jerusalem!
For the Lord has comforted His people,
He has redeemed Jerusalem.

The Lord has made bare His holy arm
In the eyes of all the nations;
And all the ends of the earth shall see
The salvation of our God.” ” Isaiah 52:7-10

Glory to God

December 24
Nativity of the Lord – Christmad Eve

The readings for Christmas Eve are Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7 and Luke 2:1-20

Instead of looking for a common theme between texts like I have been mostly doing for my other pieces. I have decided to focus solely on the events of the night Jesus was born. This peice is based particularly off v20 of Luke 2: “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.”
I wanted to move away from the typical Nativity Scene and be more creative with the story.

The Bible tells us the Magi “wise men” did NOT see Jesus as a Babe in a manger that night but actually saw Him as a Child in a house later on. On the night of Jesus birth, shepherds near by Bethlehem were invited to see Him in the manger. This image is them after being at His birth place and walking away back home praising God. (There is debate whether the Shepherds saw the star of Bethlehem or not, even if they did they are walking away from Bethlehem now which is why there is no “big star” in the sky.)

Talking to a friend of mine, they figured the shepherds would have all been most likely negro (or similar), however we do know that some Jews were white. So to be as realistic as I could, I had 1 one, 1 black and 2 of dark middle eastern/mediterranean skin colour.
I researched what clothing men of this time wore (tunics, kercheifs, shirts/coats that are worn over the tunic). Jewish men in this time (similar to some now) would also have tassels on the end of their garments as well as showing a blue stripe.

I hope you understand the theology and attempt at Biblical accuracy behind this peice.

This is the biggest peice of the challenge this month.

Merry Christmas to all of you. Try not to take this holiday in vain because it could make you end up in a lot of trouble.
Praise to God for giving me the motivation and artistic ability to create this peice for His word.

Acrylic, text added in PS CS6
30x30cm
2015

We are His and He is ours

December 19th

The readings for the day were Psalm 80:1-7, Isaiah 66:7-11 and Luke 13:31-35

Themes I found from these texts were requesting on the Lord, having hope in God and His work, share rejoices with brethren, do not be afraid of the enemy, we need to be supportive of our brethren when in suffering, but also that when people are not there to protect – God is.

Whenever I ask for God’s protection, particularly over the persecuted church I ask for God to keep His hand over the church to protect them. So this is what I’ve decided to draw for today’s peice.

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“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing! 35 See! Your house is left to you desolate; and assuredly,[b] I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ”” Luke 13:34-35

December 20
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Readings were Micah 5:2-5a, Psalm 80:1-7, Hebrews 10:5-10 and Luke 1:46-55

These readings are in preparation for the Christmas story. These readings particularly point towards some of the prophecy/promises of God, and Jesus’ fulfillment of them.
In Micah we see Christ described as a shepherd coming from the tribe of Judah. His “origin is of old” meaning He has been since the beginning, and He is the one of peace.
In Psalm 80:1-7 we are reminded again as God as a shepherd and His ability to save.
Hebrews assures that Jesus has come/came to do the will of God (as said in Micah, He will feed His flock in the name of the LORD) and also to give us sanctification and salvation.

Mary’s praise to God in Luke 1 is AWESOME. She just becomes so anointed in the Spirit and boasts about her Son her Saviour. She says He has regarded those in low places and lifted them up. Holy is His name. He has filled the hungry with GOOD things. “He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy… according to the promise He made to our ancestors… to Abraham and to his descendants FOREVER.”

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Jesus is for everyone to partake in! Christ has come into the world to save and bless His people for generations!

Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17

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December 21
Readings were: Psalm 113, Isaiah 42:14-21 and Luke 1:5-25

There are a few different things going on in these texts, but I what I found to be connecting them comes straight from Isaiah 42:6 “These things I will do for them”.
He raises the poor out of the dust, He will destroy and restore, He will exalt the law and make it honorable and He will use people for His glory and as blessings to His people.

The story of Zechariah and Elizabeth in Luke 1 shows us God’s mighty power in using Zechariah, but for His plan to have John the Baptist He also blessed Elizabeth with a child which she and Zechariah wanted.

December 22

Readings were: Luke 1:46-55, Micah 4:15, Ephesians 2:11-22.

These readings were cool. They all talked about what and who God’s people are.
“For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name.
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation… He has helped His servant Israel,
In remembrance of His mercy,
As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and to his seed forever.” Luke 1:49-50,54-55

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“Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
That the mountain of the Lord’s house
Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
And shall be exalted above the hills;
And peoples shall flow to it.” Micah 4:1

And in Ephesians we are told that the barrier between Jews and Gentiles has been broken by Christ! That we are altogether, one, in the name of the Lord. We are His Holy Temple, members of Christ, fitted together and growing together.

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December 23
Readings are Luke 1:46-55, Micah 4:6-8 and 2 Peter 1:16-21The theme I gathered from these texts is that God works for us. He does great things for us/to us for “our own good”. God gathers the lame and make thems strong.

Peter in his letter encourages us to be a light onto others, that is to be moved by the Holy Spirit and shine wherever it may be dark.

God works through us and allows us to shine with His glory, so that others may know Him more. But also from this we can see that God is our light. He’s our guide, His path is the one not in darkness but of much good.

 

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

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