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Symbols and colours: gold

Love

Esaiah 54:10 “For the mountains may depart, and the hills be removed; but my loving kindness shall not depart from you, neither shall my covenant of peace be removed, says Yahweh who has mercy on you.”

This piece of work is “Love”. It’s one of the three pieces that belong to “Faith, Hope, Love” -triptych. The ground is made with small stones. It represents Christ being on Earth as a regular human being. It also represents sin, which Jesus Christ has conquered through His death and resurrection.

The Bible verse that I felt to relate with this piece tells, that God has made with us a covenant, the covenant of piece. It tells me about Calvary, that is the exact place of the covenant that God made with the whole human kind. The covenant that overcomes sin and gives us the possibility to be saved to Heaven. The Bible teaches us clearly, that it is only through this covenant that we can be saved, covenant which is Jesus Christ himself.

The golden colour then. To me it represents God’s glory, His sovereign power, His kingdom, His victory, the kingship of Jesus Christ. Kevin J. Connor writes in Interpreting the Symbols and Types -book about gold like this: “symbol of kingship, kingdom glory, God or gods”.

Symbols and colours: silver

Pocket watch above silvery sand.

Revelation 22:7, 12-13

This piece of work is called “Gotta watch? Gotta watch!”. It tells about how important it is for us to keep close attention to the “time”. We, as believers, have to keep watch of what is going on in the world, and on the other hand what is going on in our personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. We have to stay spiritually alert!

The second I saw the pocket watch in a second hand shop, the Holy Spirit told me what I was supposed to do with it. There is a so called “Doomsday Clock” in the University of Chicago. “It is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging biotechnologies, and cybertechnology that could inflict irrevocable harm, whether by intention, miscalculation, or by accident, to our way of life and to the planet.” (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, 2016) 

At the moment this post is written, the Doomsday Clock shows 3 minutes to midnight. The Bible verses related to this piece of work are

Revelation 22:7, 12-13 “7.Behold, I come quickly. Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book. 12.Behold, I come quickly. My reward is with me, to repay to each man according to his work. 13.I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Of course the lion that is pictured in the clock represents the Lion of Judah to me. And last but not least: the silvery colour then. It represents God’s victorious Army, His omnipotent Being, and the victory of God’s Kingdom. This is my personal interpretation of what the colour (or mineral) silver speaks to me.

Silver appears in the Bible e.g. in Exodus 30:11-16 where the silver shekel was the most common means of payment, each israelite was to pay half a shekel as ransom for his soul to Yahweh. In the book Interpreting the Symbols and Types Kevin J. Conner interpretes silver (pg. 23) as “Price of a soul” and also “Redemption money” according to Matthew 27:3-9, where Judas had sold Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.

Colours in the Bible and our art

Regenbogen - ICHTHYS Mandala
Colours are such a huge blessing in our lives, just think about it! They affect to our everyday life, our emotions, our decision making,  such a vast and multileveled area of our whole being! Some people even get physical emotions of colours. Like there’s a certain kind of beige that literaly, hahah, makes me sick! 😀 It is because as a child I was eating this pudding with that particular colour, and actually threw up as it tasted so bad… But thank God, most of the colours bring me joy and happiness too. 🙂

So what does the Bible say about colours then? I recently gave a workshop where we slightly went into the subject, but as you can understand the Bible is full of stories where different colours occur and it’s not my intention to list them all here. There are also plenty of websites that give you detailed information about the matter, just ask Google. I will be writing some postings later about colours and how they, basicly, occur in the Bible but now I just want to leave you with this idea:

As each of us has his/her very own language with the Holy Spirit, the very specific vocabulary that He uses only to talk with you, the same goes with colours. We, unless being blind, have been saturated in colours ever since we were born. Colours have a strong psychical and psychological impact to our system and it is kind of like cumulative but unconscious process how they will affect our life along the way. I believe that this unconscious knowledge, “emotional knowledge” goes hand in hand with the learned symbolism of colours in our art. When making my own art with the Holy Spirit, colors have the most significant meanings, but I’ll be posting about that later.

Stay blessed and be safe in Christ! 🙂

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