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One New Man Art Painting: Love Fire Olive Trees

Love Fire Olive Trees

Scriptures: “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11)

“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;” (Acts 1:4)

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4)

At the age of thirteen my son had an encounter which he described to me as “being on fire and about to explode.” 

I imagine that description must have been close to what the disciples experienced roughly 2000 years earlier when the Holy Spirit was poured out in Jerusalem upon the waiting disciples.

Wow. In his painting I tried to capture that awesome moment as the promised Holy Spirit fire poured out upon those early, waiting disciples.

In the painting, the deep reds of the foreground and trees, represents the blood red earth in the land of Israel, contrasted by fire streaming down from above. 

The tree crosses with menorah branches on fire, reminding us that salvation came, first to the Jew then to the Gentiles. 

All believers everywhere are indebted to the Jewish people who have carried the torch of God’s Light into the World for our sakes and at tremendous cost. 

Now we, a largely Gentile church, have the opportunity to carry that light back to the Land and people of Israel.

As we have received mercy, so we pray mercy upon all Jewish people and upon the nation of Israel.

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