|A brilliant Middle Eastern sunrise illuminates a scene of grief and
despair. Two marred vessels sit on the ground -- righteous Job, and the
vase from which he has broken off a piece to scrape the putrid,
abscessing boils erupting over his body (think MRSA in an extreme
form.) Job sits in a pile of ashes at the end of a deserted courtyard,
stunned with grief over the unbelievable amount of tragedy that has
befallen him. All of his children have suffered fatal injuries in a freak
weather event; all of his livelihood has been lost due to a similar streak
of catastrophes. Now, even his wife has suggested he curse God and die.
Job does not know that his severe testing is a response to Satan's
challenge to God that given the right conditions, Job will curse God to his
face. All he knows is that God is righteous in all His ways, and that he
(Job) trusts Him.
Job's three friends from neighboring areas arrive to grieve with him over
his misfortune and offer him comfort. In the classic style of ancient
Hebrew mourning, they tear their garments and cast dirt upon their heads.
Throughout Job's entire ordeal, the angel of the Lord watches over him
from the sides of the north.
This painting represents a microcosm of a story full of interesting
twists...how the "comforting" evolves into a verbal sparring match, the
fiery youngest comforter who arrives on the scene, what happens when
God himself enters into the discourse, and the final outcome of the matter.
|36 x 48
Gouache, pastel, and pencil on canvas
|Worlds Bible Gallery
Bible Illustrator Trenét Worlds
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|The Suffering of Job