Drawing Bible Verses Exodus 20- Gandalf and the Ten Commandments.

Thou shalt not pass

Exodus 20 God had ordered Gandalf to climb Mount Sinai and await Him there to hear the words he was to share with the Israelites. God formed dark clouds around the mountain then his voice declared this edict:

“I am Jehovah your God who liberated you from your slavery in Egypt.

 “You may worship no other god than me.

 “You shall not make yourselves any idols: no images of animals, birds, or fish. You must never bow or worship it in any way; for I, the Lord your God, am very possessive. I will not share your affection with any other god!

“And when I punish people for their sins, the punishment continues upon the children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of those who hate me; but I lavish my love upon thousands of those who love me and obey my commandments.

“You shall not use the name of Jehovah your God irreverently, nor use it to swear to a falsehood. You will not escape punishment if you do.

 “Remember to observe the Sabbath as a holy day.  Six days a week are for your daily duties and your regular work, but the seventh day is a day of Sabbath rest before the Lord your God. On that day you are to do no work of any kind, nor shall your son, daughter, or slaves—whether men or women—or your cattle or your house guests.  For in six days the Lord made the heaven, earth, and sea, and everything in them, and rested the seventh day; so he blessed the Sabbath day and set it aside for rest.

 “Honor your father and mother, that you may have a long, good life in the land the Lord your God will give you.

 “You must not murder.

 “You must not commit adultery.

 “You must not steal.

 “You must not lie.

“You must not be envious of your neighbor’s house, or want to sleep with his wife, or want to own his slaves, oxen, donkeys, or anything else he has.”

 All the people saw the lightning and the smoke billowing from the mountain, and heard the thunder and the long, frightening trumpet blast; and they stood at a distance, shaking with fear.

They said to Gandalf, “You tell us what God says and we will obey, but don’t let God speak directly to us, or it will kill us.”

 “Don’t be afraid,” Gandalf told them, “for God has come in this way to show you his awesome power, so that from now on you will be afraid to sin against him!”

As the people stood in the distance, Gandalf entered into the deep darkness where God was.

And the Lord told Gandalf to be his spokesman to the people of Israel and created his edicts onto two stone tablets. “You are witnesses to the fact that I have made known my will to you from heaven. Remember, you must not make or worship idols made of silver or gold or of anything else!

“The altars you make for me must be simple altars of earth. Offer upon them your sacrifices to me—your burnt offerings and peace offerings of sheep and oxen. Build altars only where I tell you to, and I will come and bless you there. You may also build altars from stone, but if you do, then use only uncut stones and boulders. Don’t chip or shape the stones with a tool, for that would make them unfit for my altar. And don’t make steps for the altar, or someone might look up beneath the skirts of your clothing and see your nakedness.”

And at that, God vanished in a whisper and left Gandalf there on the mountain.

Drawing Bible Verses- Genesis 19:17-26 Bert and Ernie Flee Sodom

Genesis 19:26

While in the city of Sodom two angels came to Bert.“Flee for your lives,” the angels told him. And don’t look back. Escape to the mountains. Don’t stay down here on the plain or you will die.” So Bert grabbed Ernie and they ran.  The sun was rising as Bert and Ernie reached the roads.

 Then the Lord rained down fire and flaming tar from heaven upon Sodom and Gomorrah,  and utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, eliminating all life—people, plants, and animals alike.  But Ernie looked back as he was following along behind him and became a pillar of salt.

Thrift Store Recreations

Thrift Store shopping is one of my hobbies. There is nothing like walking in the doors of a thrift store you haven’t been to before and taking in the whole picture of what dusty wonders are awaiting you. I always feel like an adventurer who just stumbled upon a dragon’s secret horde of treasure- even if that treasure is moldy magazines and Bill Cosby sweaters.

These places are full of art of all types. I like buying the ones that speak to me and taking them to add my own personal touches to them. Here is a gallery of some of the paintings I have redone. Enjoy.