New beginnings…The Bible’s Impact on Visual Arts (Jan 19th)

Today as I start my read into the Bible, I am using a new version that I received as a gift from my in-laws for Christmas. It comes from the recently opened Museum of the Bible in DC and is called the Global Impact Bible as it speaks to the impact the Bible has had on people and the world in the areas of Science and Medicine, Arts & Entertainment, Education & Literacy, Languages, Government & Politics, Life Issues, and Exploration & Commerce.

Last night I had the opportunity to go an event put on by the Museum of the Bible and hear of the incredible things that are taking place both inside the building through artifacts, technology, and design as well as outside where they have worked on curriculum that can be used in schools to teach about the Bible and very exciting new ways using technology to educate with augmented reality and virtual reality. It sounds amazing and look forward to getting an opportunity to travel and see it as it would take approximately 72 hours to see everything. It’s an incredible educational organization that even reaches the college students through a program called Passages which brings groups to Israel.

Starting in January the theme for the readings is The Bible’s Impact on Visual Arts.

Today’s reading comes from the English Standard Version out of the Book of Habakkuk chapter 2.

1 I will take my stand at my watchpost
and station myself on the tower,
and look out to see what he will say to me,
and what I will answer concerning my complaint.

The Righteous Shall Live by His Faith

2And the Lord answered me:
“Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so he may run who reads it.
3 For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay.
4 “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him,
but the righteous shall live by his faith.
5 “Moreover, wine is a traitor,
an arrogant man who is never at rest.
His greed is as wide as Sheol;
like death he has never enough.
He gathers for himself all nations
and collects as his own all peoples.”

Woe to the Chaldeans

6Shall not all these take up their taunt against him, with scoffing and riddles for him, and say,
“Woe to him who heaps up what is not his own—
for how long?—
and loads himself with pledges!”
7 Will not your debtors suddenly arise,
and those awake who will make you tremble?
Then you will be spoil for them.
8 Because you have plundered many nations,
all the remnant of the peoples shall plunder you,
for the blood of man and violence to the earth,
to cities and all who dwell in them.
9 “Woe to him who gets evil gain for his house,
to set his nest on high,
to be safe from the reach of harm!
10 You have devised shame for your house
by cutting off many peoples;
you have forfeited your life.
11 For the stone will cry out from the wall,
and the beam from the woodwork respond.
12 “Woe to him who builds a town with blood
and founds a city on iniquity!
13 Behold, is it not from the Lord of hosts
that peoples labor merely for fire,
and nations weary themselves for nothing?
14 For the earth will be filled
with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
15 “Woe to him who makes his neighbors drink—
you pour out your wrath and make them drunk,
in order to gaze at their nakedness!
16 You will have your fill of shame instead of glory.
Drink, yourself, and show your uncircumcision!
The cup in the Lord‘s right hand
will come around to you,
and utter shame will come upon your glory!
17 The violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you,
as will the destruction of the beasts that terrified them,
for the blood of man and violence to the earth,
to cities and all who dwell in them.
18 “What profit is an idol
when its maker has shaped it,
a metal image, a teacher of lies?
For its maker trusts in his own creation
when he makes speechless idols!
19 Woe to him who says to a wooden thing, Awake;
to a silent stone, Arise!
Can this teach?
Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver,
and there is no breath at all in it.
20 But the Lord is in his holy temple;
let all the earth keep silence before him.”
Have you ever seen the statue of Habakkuk made by Donatello? It was the visual for today’s reading and the commentary speaks to the psychological realism, the anguish, the forlornness in capturing or representing the violent and evil times that Habakkuk lived in and through.
Jan 19 - Habakkuk 2 - ARTS - Zuccone_Donatello_OPA_Florence

Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new way to walk through Your Word and for the new perspective to capture the impact You Word has on the world. I thank You Lord that the Museum of the Bible has opened in order to educate people on Your Word through education, experience, and so much more. Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path! Your Word never returns void and I thank You for the trust You have built in me through spending time in Your Word. I thank You Lord for the opportunity to read through Your Word in a way that reveals the impact You have had on the earth through Your Word. Lord as I take hold of the reading from Habakkuk I take hold of how as much as things changes it feels like somethings remain the same. Even as Solomon had said in Ecclesiastes 1:9

What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.

As I consider this time and stand by faith in Jesus I look around and pray for revival. I look to You knowing that You know the beginning from the end and that Jesus has already won the victory and that I need to persevere as I walk through this life until I am returned to You either in old age or upon Jesus’ return. I won’t lose hope when things get tough because I know that when trouble comes my way I can take hope because Jesus has overcome the world. I won’t lose hope when I face trials of many kinds, but rather will consider it pure joy because I know that the testing of my faith produces steadfastness. And that when I let steadfastness have its full effect, that I will be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. Lord, as I walk through Your Word this January I open up my eyes and my ears to the arts that are all around me and will take hold of what You have done in and through my life and all of time. I will not fear but rather live by faith in You! I will not lean on my own understanding but rather will acknowledge you in all my ways that You will make my path straight! As I look at the world around me and consider their need for You and for Your Word to become real in their lives, I give this up into Your hands in hopes that with the new Museum of the Bible and their course curriculum for schools that people around the world will get to experience the truth of Your Word and be transformed. Help me Lord to be an instrument of Your work. Grant me wisdom and discernment on how best to accomplish Your will in my life. Give me visions and dreams of what could be and how I can be a part by putting my hand to the plow in order that Your Work can be accomplished! Lord, here am I! Lord, as I stand in the gap lifting up those in my life that You have allowed me to bring into my life through so many avenues. Grant me the boldness, the wisdom, the discernment to receive Your direction and begin the new journey You will place before me so that I may give You all the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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