"The God of Heaven...Wept"
17"x22" Original Charcoal Drawing on Strathmore Paper
How could a truly loving God look upon this world of anguish, and remain emotionless, heartless - tearless? “Jesus wept” on earth (John 11:35), and He weeps in heaven—even knowing that, eventually, all will be fully made right.
Through His real, though delayed, justice and mercy, all offenders and innocents will receive one day their wages - of death, from sin, or life, from Christ. Until that day, why then, you ask, does God seem to do nothing? Because life is just a test. And faith to choose means pure, raw freedom - to harm as well as bless. Tragedies aren’t final, if men live after death, yet God does not feel nothing. His love has greater depths than any mortal, loving soul, who weeps at mere regrets. This scene is described as follows: “And it came to pass that the God of heaven looked upon the residue of the people [who were destined for the flood], and…wept; and Enoch bore record of it, saying: How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains? And Enoch said unto the Lord: How is it that thou canst weep, seeing thou art holy, and from all eternity to all eternity? …The Lord [answered] : Behold these thy brethren…the workmanship of mine own hands…unto thy brethren have I said, and also given commandment, that they should love one another, and that they should choose me, their Father; but behold, they are without affection, and they hate their own blood; …wherefore should not the heavens weep, seeing these shall suffer? …behold, these which thine eyes are upon shall perish in the floods; and behold, I will shut them up; a prison have I prepared for them. And that which I have chosen hath pled before my face. Wherefore, he suffereth for their sins; inasmuch as they will repent in the day that my Chosen shall return unto me, and until that day they shall be in torment; Wherefore, for this shall the heavens weep, yea, and all the workmanship of mine hands.” (Moses 7:32-40)
*You see offered here a variety of images showing the same general theme. This is an example of the editing portion of the creative process. In the end, I liked aspects of each of these so decided to offer them all on the site.
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