Sunday, March 25, 2012

"A Daughter of Israel"

"Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun..." 

Song of Songs 6:10

What a beautiful description of one of the daughters of Israel. The Song of Songs is often interpreted as being a love story between Solomon and a young shepherd woman. As the narrative relates, theirs  is a hide-and-seek relationship, which promises fulfillment in the discovery of love.

Bible scholars see the Church of today as  "grafted in"-like a wild olive tree into a broken branch, sharing the root & sustaining life (Roman 11:17). By the Spirit of Adoption, the Gentile Church shares in a love relationship with God as did the shepherdess with Solomon.

This painting was inspired by a granddaughter who recently visited Israel. As a Jewish descendant, she has hazel eyes and blond hair, thus, breaking the stereotyped concept of the dark-haired, olive skin Jew. I am reminded through this painting that in the New Jerusalem, the Church will be represented by ALL nations of the earth (Rev. 5:9). Thank you for looking!

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