Peace I Give Unto You

Peace I Give Unto You

Peace I Give Unto You (Crosshatched Acrylics)

Layers of hatching are applied at different angles to create different textures and darker tones. Hatching originated in the Middle Ages, and developed further into cross-hatching, especially in the old master prints of the fifteenth century. Albrecht Dürer in particular perfected the technique of crosshatching. A famous example is his Veronica from 1513.

Peace I Give Unto You is taken from John 14:27, “Peace (Shalom) I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

The artwork depicts Yeshua holding a peace dove and the other hand is expressing an offering of invitation.

The tallit over his head signifies that Yeshua is in prayer. According to Romans 8:34, “he is at the right hand of God and is indeed interceding for us.”

The background displays the Kotel. The snow suggests winter—a sign of the close of the age and the coming of the tribulation. Yet we are told not to be troubled or afraid. What a great comfort! There is also the hope that spring and new life will be around the corner.

The figure is wearing a colorful garment alluding to Joseph’s multicolored coat and Yeshua’s heavenly rainbow-colored glory (Rev. 4:3). Joseph was a type of forerunner of Yeshua in many ways. Both were precious to their fathers, envied and hated by their brothers. They had similar characters of being meek and humble, compassionate and faithful in the face of opposition. Neither of them was seeking vengeance nor condemned those who wronged them; they depended on G-d and left judgment up to Him. Their forgiveness was unconditionally. They did not allow the way things appeared to distract them or cause them to doubt. Both were betrayed by those close to them, wrongly accused and given over to die. Both were sold for a handful of shekels of silver. They lost all their rights and became servants and both were lifted to higher positions where knees bowed before them. Both brought forgiveness and reconciliation to their people.

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