Stories of God's Creativity and Love of Beauty

Andrew Fountain
Sun, 2021-10-31

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  • Sometimes we think of God as being too serious to be interested in beauty.
  • But creating beauty is core to his very nature, and when we do the same, we are being God-like.
  • Yet there in an extra dimension of beauty that comes by the Spirit.
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Sermon Slides - Stories of God’s Creativity and Love of Beauty

  • Is God a God of order or chaos?
    • So which picture best illustrates his creativity?



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God’s Creativity

  • God loves Complexity
  • God loves Diversity
    • Just look at what he has created!
  • God loves Beauty
  • God loves to hide beauty for us to find
    • You can put it under a microscope and say “Wow!”
  • We honour him by searching for it and making it known
    • Those of you who work in science are revealing this creativity and beauty
    • Those of you in the arts, don’t worry, you will not miss out...

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  • “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good” (Gen 1:31)
  • “And out of the ground the LORD God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight” (Gen 2:9)
  • “And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there” (Gen 2:12)
  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

  • The LORD God formed [lit. sculpted] the man from the soil of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Gen 2:7)
  • Every animal and bird is “sculpted” by God (Gen 2:19)
  • “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; [lit. unsculpted, in the womb]
    the days that were sculpted for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.” (Ps 139:16)
  • “The sea is his, for he made it.
    His hands sculpted the dry land.” (Psa 95:5)

Wisdom: Hokmah

  • Very interesting Hebrew word, hokmah, which means both wisdom and artistic skill
  • So in Hebrew you would say “There is such wisdom in that guitar playing, and singing”
  • Painting shows wisdom, and photography, weaving, and even construction/rennovation
  • “The Lord by wisdom founded the earth;
    by understanding he established the heavens;” Prov 3:19

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.

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!

  • (translation by W.G.E. Watson in Classical Hebrew Poetry, (Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1984) p.368)

W.G.E. Watson

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.

  • Other Literature

Narrative Art in Genesis

  • Gen 28:10 —Jacob leaves the promised land
    • Gen 28:11 —the sun sets
      • Gen 28:12–16 —He has a night-time encounter with God and vows to serve God if God protects him until he returns
      • At least 14 years outside the land
      • Gen 32:24–30 —He has a night-time encounter with God who gives him a new name
    • Gen 32:31 —the sun rises
  • Gen 33f —Jacob returns to the promised land

Narrative Art in Genesis Jan Fokkelman

  • What about the New Testament?

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.

based on NET Bible

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.

How to be creative like God

  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 2021-10-24 by Andrew Fountain