Make me an arrow
Put me in your bow
Pull back and let go
And send me wherever you want me to go
I’ll be your shadow
You lead I’ll follow you

 

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
– Psalm 127:3-5

He makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire. – Psalm 104:4

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. – Mark 16:15

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Be Aware…

…Don’t assume every ‘Christian’ is a Christian.

I found a group on Facebook that looked really interesting; for ex-transgenders who afterwards found Jesus, but as I read on the description I then hit a bump…
“If you’re interested in joining please give me some details about your life as a transgendered person who is now seeking Jesus. PS: I do not follow churches or read the bible much and I do not listen to music or radio or watch TV but I can be found online with my many Jesus following friends. May God bless you too.”

I don’t really know what to say about the church bit, but if you come across any organisation where their leaders say “I don’t read the Bible much” it is an organisation to be AVOIDED. They may seem nice but they could distract you from the the real faith!

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.