Stories of God’s Creativity and Beauty

God’s character revealed through stories — Andrew Fountain: July 14, 2013

“Parade”

Image source: Beijing International

“Jungle”

Image source: DirkvdM

God’s Creativity

“Game Reserve”

Image source: Josiah Townsend

Creation

  1. The heavens declare the glory of God;
          the sky displays his handiwork.
  2. Day after day it speaks out;
          night after night it reveals his greatness. (Ps 19)

God’s Sculpture

Wisdom: Hokmah

Exodus 28

  1. You must make holy garments for your brother Aaron, for glory and for beauty.
  2. You are to speak to all who are specially skilled, whom I have filled with the spirit of wisdom, so that they may make Aaron’s garments to set him apart to minister as my priest.…
  3. The artisans are to use the gold, blue, purple, scarlet, and fine linen.
  4. They are to make the ephod of gold, blue, purple, scarlet, and fine twisted linen, the work of an artistic designer.

Exodus 31

  1. The LORD said to Moses,
  2. “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah,
  3. and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom and understanding, with knowledge and all craftsmanship,
  4. to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze,
  5. in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, to work in every craft.

Exodus 35, 36

  1. Every woman who was wise hearted spun with her hands and brought what she had spun, blue, purple, or scarlet yarn, or fine linen,
  2. and all the women whose heart stirred them up in wisdom spun goats’ hair.…
  3. He has filled them with wisdom to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue…
  4. And Moses called Bezalel and Oholiab and every craftsman in whose mind the LORD had put wisdom, everyone whose heart stirred him up to come to do the work.

Music

Drama

Poetry and Narrative Art


“Love in the Spring”

Song of Solomon 2:10-13

My love answered
to me he said

Up now
my pretty darling,
come on!

For the winter is past
the rain is gone and done with.
 
The blooms can be seen in the land,
pruning/singing time is near
and the turtle-dove’s voice can be heard
 
In our land the fig ripens her fruit
and the vines in blossom give off scent

Up now
my pretty darling
come on!


Hebrew Poetry: Isaiah 1:18

Though be your sins
as scarlet
as snow they shall be as white
Though they be red
as crimson,
as wool
they shall be.

Narrative Art in Genesis


John 4:46–54 The Nobleman’s Faith

46So he came again to Cana in Galilee, where he had made the water wine.

And at Capernaum there was an official whose son was ill. 47When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and asked him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death. 48So Jesus said to him,
“Unless you see signs and wonders you will not believe.”
49The official said to him, “Sir, come down before my child dies.”
50Jesus said to him, “Go your way your son lives!.”
So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him
and he went on his way.
51As he was going down, his servants met him and told him, “your son lives!”.
52So he asked them the hour when he began to get better, and they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” 53So the father knew that was the hour when Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live.”
And he himself believed, and all his household.

54This was now the second sign that Jesus did when he had come from Judea to Galilee.

Jesus

1 Peter 3

  1. Let your beauty not be external — the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes —
  2. but the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.
  1. Concentrate on being filled with the Spirit
  2. Allow his beauty to fill you and flow through you
  3. Don’t look down on enjoying things. Create beautiful things!
  4. But the most important way of reflecting God’s image of beauty is in who you are as you are filled with Jesus.

Updated on 2013-07-15 by Andrew Fountain