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One New Man Art Painting: Rejoicing Olive Trees

Rejoicing Olive Trees

Scriptures: “Do not fear, O land. Be glad! Rejoice! For Adonai has done great things”. (Joel 2:22)

“And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.” (Nehemiah 12:43)

“I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them, and will bring them back to their folds, and they will be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will feed them.” (Jeremiah 23:3-5)

”Then the eyes of the blind will be openedand the ears of the deaf unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will sing. For water will burst forth in the desert and streams in the wilderness.The parched land will become a pool, the thirsty ground springs of water.” (Isaiah 35: 5-7)

If you have ever been in Jerusalem during times of celebration, you have seen hundreds of Jewish men young and old dancing the Horah in the streets and squares.

Or who could ever forget those scenes, in documentaries, of Jewish people rejoicing in dancing circles as Israel became a Nation State back in 1948.?

These scenes are etched in my memory, and are the inspiration for this painting of dancing olive trees!

This kind of corporate rejoicing, with arms linked like links in a chain, in an unbroken unspoken bond of unity, is deeply moving.

These dancing expressions of united joyfulness, can be seen in any Jewis community throughout the world, especially at weddings.

The scriptures pose this question to us Gentiles, “ If their being cast away (for our sakes) was for the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead!

As God is regathering His scattered Jewish people back into their own true Identity as the Olive Tree of Israel,  in preparation for the coming of their Messiah King. We can not even imagine what the rejoicing of that day will look like!

I pray this painting releases an expectation of what is yet to come. amidst the horrors of darkness, circles of dancing light raising a mighty Hallelujah to the coming King.

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