The Story Behind the Painting...
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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