16"x16" Original Charcoal Drawing on Strathmore Paper
Adam and Eve were commanded to offer sacrifices to the Lord, but did not know why until an angel appeared to them, explaining: "This thing is a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten of the Father, which is full of grace and truth.
“Wherefore, thou shalt do all that thou doest in the name of the Son, and thou shalt repent, and call upon God in the name of the Son forevermore" (Moses 5:7-8). Any sacrifice God asks of us is calculated in its very nature to teach us reliance on Jesus, the "Lamb of God" (John 1:29). This image was created while experiencing hardships that, to my wife and I, felt greatly akin to the circumstances Adam and Eve faced when cast out from the Garden of Eden. I drew this in a number of humble and unusual locations, while living in a harsh and untamed environment. But I testify: God visits us in our afflictions! I’m grateful for the perspective and needed hope I received when drawing this then, and the repeated grace I daily feel when pondering His goodness since.
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