The imagery of an Olive Tree in this painting helps us to 'picture' The Family of God in a simple, even child-like manner. as this painting depicts one of the great mysteries of God. In the book of Romans
Paul uses the imagery of the Olive tree to explain this mystery. I have painted The Olive tree representing Israel, and two hands representing the work of the Holy Spirit grafting a wild Olive Tree into the cultivated Olive tree.
Whilst painting, I imagined what the grafting process may look like, painting one hand holding a branch from the cultivated olive tree (Jews) and the other hand holding a branch from the wild olive tree(Gentile).
Each separate branch is cut and shaped differently and in such a way that will facilitate a joining together. This process allows the sap from the cultivated tree to be drawn up into the wild tree, causing the two to grow together becoming one tree, producing an extraordinarily abundant crop.
Israel is the root nation that bore The Light of the World to all the nations of the world. Gentiles from all the nations of the earth, are grafted into Israel to bring fresh life and growth. Now the two separate olive trees grow together becoming the One New Man, olive tree for the glory and splendour of our God and Father over all creation.
This then is the ‘mystery’ that has been hidden in the Church Age but is now revealed in these days. Israel has been reborn as a nation, Jerusalem is being rebuilt and Messiah Yeshua’s is being revealed to Israel once again.
Its the call of heaven in our day, for Jews and Gentiles to be reconciled in this generation, as never before. We are being formed into the End Time Bride of Messiah, in preparation for His Return.