God and Art
God is the ultimate artist. All things natural and beautiful are the works of His hands and His creative spirit. God hung the stars (Job 9:9-11), he knit us together in our mothers’ wombs (Psalm 139: 13), he is the potter and we are the clay (Isaiah 64: 8), he so clothed the flowers of the field (Matthew 6:30), and every word of the Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16).
When we create, write, draw, sculpt, paint, or doodle, we are experiencing part of the nature of God that He put in us. Some of us have honed that skill with patience, practice, and tens of thousands of throw-aways. Some of us leave the artistry to God.
Art has been a part of the human experience from the beginning: telling stories, preserving ideas and experiences, instructing, admiring, and communicating through the generations.
In October and November, I will be preaching a series of sermons on some of the most famous biblical works of art etched into our cultural memory. The statue of David, Last Supper, Sistine Chapel, and Pieta might be some you’re familiar with along with the names Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and da Vinci.
Please join us as we explore the details of and stories behind the masterpieces that illuminate Scripture, the human experience, and the Holy Artist. With such a theme in mind, take the time to read all of Psalm 139 aloud right now - “marvellous are thy works, and that my soul knoweth right well.” (v. 14) SK
Sean King is the Pastor for First Christian Church of Cisco.