Judges, Law and Grace
PENCIL DRAWING (12X16 PRINT)
This drawing combines the neo-classical style with historical references to the book of Judges in the bible. It speaks of the "cycle of sin" (represented by the falling temple columns) that the Israelites found themselves in over and over when they took God for granted year after year. And this cycle still continues today. However, God has never failed to open His arms in love to His people and bless them with mercy and forgiveness whenever they repent from their evil ways and call upon His name.
Each figure within the drawing represents different groups of society and/or religious belief. The man to the left represents those like the Pharisees and teachers of the law who judge and blame others. They are the self-righteous rule-followers who place the letter of the law above its spirit. They are obsessed with these rules to the point that salvation hinges on a persons “works” and not upon the awesome grace and forgiveness of God that is given freely to everyone who believes in Him.
The woman to the far right represents those who “listen and hear” Jesus’ message and reach out for Him- realizing and accepting that the only way to be saved is through Him (even as life seems to be crashing down around her). She is also holding a child, which reflects on how we can influence others to grow and mature in their own faith when we stand up and are not ashamed.
The woman crouched over in the middle represents those who are unaware, ignorant, or have chosen to focus only upon the “worldly things” of the flesh and the things they can ‘see.’ They live their lives blind to the spiritual world around them and believe in only what is tangible.
The lifeless body in the middle represents the outcome for those that choose not to follow Jesus.
And in the center is a figure that represents one of the judges, Samson, that God sent to help deliver the Israelites from the Philistines. He also portrays Jesus, (with his crown of thorns)
as he takes upon him the weight of the world and sacrifices himself to save the lost.
"Then the LORD raised up judges, who saved them out of the hands of these raiders. Yet they would not listen to their judges but prostituted themselves to other gods and worshiped them…. Whenever the LORD raised up a judge for them, he was with the judge and saved them out of the hands of their enemies as long as the judge lived; for the LORD had compassion on them as they groaned under those who oppressed and afflicted them. But when the judge died, the people returned to ways even more corrupt than those of their fathers, following other gods and serving and worshiping them. They refused to give up their evil practices and stubborn ways."
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