“You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.” (Matthew 12 : 34), and
“It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth.” (Matthew 15 : 11)
The first of these sayings followed on from accusations by the Pharisees against Jesus after he healed a man who was both blind and mute, so that the man both saw and spoke. Typically, the Pharisees accused Him of healing by Beelzebul (the ruler of the demons), to which Jesus replied,
“Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.” (Matthew 12: 25-27)
And later He continued, “You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good?” and then followed the passage quoted in this post. What followed next is most interesting…
The disciples then came to Jesus to point out that His statement had offended the Pharisees. To which He replied:
“Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. Let them alone: they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.” Matthew 15:13-14. This statement has overtones of the dreadful condemnation in Hosea 5:17: “Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.”
This art is not ‘pretty’ : it is not intended to be pretty. Jesus said many harsh words to deal with ugly situations, and the impact of those words has been lost because we gloss over scripture to make it ‘inoffensive’.
By doing that, we have gutted the power of our belief.
Tell it like it is …
This series of works is the result of a directive from The Father: “Paint My Son’s Words.”
From the same series, see also “The Spirit of Man“.
Artwork and Products available in the Damascus Road Gallery.