"The Lion and His Sons"
Acrylic on Canvas
This is what happened when I took the first photo.
This light appeared supernaturally in my art room over "The Lion of the Tribe of Judah" - Jesus. The Father is shining His light upon His son.
THE LION AND HIS SONS
Judah means praise and the power of praise is an almighty ruling force. I was drawn to the following scripture in
Genesis 49v8-12 Judah’s brethren shall praise Him.
8Judah, you are the one whom your brothers shall praise; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons shall bow down to you.9 Judah, a lion’s cub! With the prey, my son, you have gone high up [the mountain]. He stooped down, he crouched like a lion, and like a lioness—who dares provoke and rouse him?10 The sceptre or leadership shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,until Shiloh [the Messiah, the Peaceful One] comes to whom it belongs, and to Him shall be the obedience of the people.11 Binding His foal to the vine and His donkey’s colt to the choice vine, He washes His garments in wine and His clothes in the blood of grapes.12 His eyes are darker and more sparkling than wine, and His teeth whiter than milk.
Jesus is called the “Lion of the Tribe of Judah” and in this scripture Jesus is depicted as “Shiloh”,
That sceptre of righteousness is Jesus. Shiloh in Hebrew means the one to whom it belongs, “the peaceful one”. In Judges “Shiloh” is depicted as a place of rest. The Messiah is the bearer of rest. He is the giver of peace and rest.
In this painting Judah is likened to a lion cub, a young lion and the mature Son – Jesus as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. In due time the cub will mature into a young lion and finally into a mature son with the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of understanding, Spirit of counsel, Spirit of power, Spirit of knowledge and the Spirit of reverence for the Most High God. The Lion of the Tribe of Judah is resting his head upon his young sons, exemplifying the love He has for them. Recognizing that He is their leader, a mighty warrior, a conqueror, He is teaching them His ways of righteousness and justice. Their heads are turned toward him symbolizing their recognition of the anointing and the love that they have for Him. Jesus has given us that new life in Him and he is showing His love to his inheritance. In that process of maturity and purification He is bringing us to that place of becoming that peace and rest to others, a fully mature son, that ultimate union in perfect obedience and submission to the Most High. He is enveloping us in His love, all-encompassing as symbolized by the rainbow (the New Covenant made possible by Jesus himself).
Ephesians 4v13 [That it might develop] until we all attain oneness in the faith and in the comprehension of the [full and accurate] knowledge of the Son of God, that [we might arrive] at really mature manhood (the completeness of personality which is nothing less than the standard height of Christ’s own perfection), the measure of the stature of the fullness of the Christ and the completeness found in Him
His people will arise with His authority and strength during the process of maturing and purification. They will exhibit the Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5v22) in the process of maturity. A quiet and gentle spirit, meekness, humility, kindness to others, a hidden person of the heart, yielded to Him day by day and abiding in Him. These traits are precious in God’s sight.
The Holy Spirit enables us to come into maturity. He is our guide and helper and enables us to obey God and gives us the empowerment to be like Jesus and fills us with His power.
Jesus is the vine and when we are fully purified through the guidance of the Holy Spirit our garments will be washed in that new wine, we will be clothed in His love. His blood is what washes us clean.
Conjoined to Jesus, the true vine, His sons coming into maturity, that fullness and fruitfulness, honouring God.