The Great Shofar Calling
Acrylic on Canvas - 72" x 60"
The Scripture located in the Middle of the painting is as follows:
The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord.
30"At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. 31And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
1 Thessalonians 4:16
16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage each other with these words.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male or female, for you all are one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Vision for the painting
This painting was inspired by a man with a shofar and a vision I had on top of a knoll in our local pasture.
An amazing set of events happened that led to the formation of this vision. In late spring my wife Patty and I attended a group session to hear the mans talk about his calling to blow the Shofar and his trip to Israel. A Shofar is musical instrument that is made from a Rams Horn. The Shofar was used in ancient times to warn the people of Israel that the enemy was approaching.
The man blows his horns for “A-Tone-Meant, the redemptivthe mans amazing stories that can be considered no less than blessings from God. What was even more wonderful was hearing the man sound the Shofarot (he sounds two simultaneously). At the end of the gathering we all took turns trying to sound the Shofar. I could not blow the Shofar with any certainty of tone but Patty and Laura were able to sound the horn and each purchased a Shofar for their own callings.
I thought about the mans stories for several days after the gathering. I sent him an email thanking him for sharing his story and let him know that I was a painter and had a similar passion to call people to God through painting. The man responded to my email which lead to sharing my Art website with him. Later that week the man asked if we wanted to come to his home for a hike up the mountain to blow the Shofar over the Canyon. We accepted the invitation which happened to land on Patty’s Birthday.
Several days prior to going down to the man's home I took a walk one morning with my dog Duke. I run duke in a nearby pasture spotted with Oak trees and large open meadows. It was late Spring and a storm had moved in with dark clouds covering the sky. During the walk I thought about the man's adventures and how that might relate to what I was going through with painting. About half way through the walk I came to a knoll in the pasture. I was filled with questions about life that day so I stopped and prayed to God. I prayed that he might guide me in life and direct me for whatever direction he sought best. I thanked him for his multiple blessing on my life. A strange thing happened as I opened my eyes after my prayer. The day had been completely overcast with dark clouds everywhere. When I opened my eyes the clouds had split just over the horizon. It was a narrow slit that reached from the ground up to the sky. At the bottom of the slit the clouds opened up over the horizon line of the earth. I said to myself that’s a beautiful sight but I left it saying I wonder why that happened. I planted the cloud opening in my mind as I was not ready to let it go. Duke and I continued our walk when we came to the end where the pasture ends and the parking lot begins. Something strange happened as a lone Turkey Vulture swooped down just above my right shoulder. Typically I saw Hawks of different types in the pastures but rarely do I see a Turkey Vulture. I took note of this and found it just a little strange as the man had such an infatuation with Vultures and I had been thinking of him throughout the walk.
That night I woke up from a dream and a vision came to me for a painting. This is not that abnormal as my most creative moments often come in the middle of the night when my mind is clear. The vision I had was to paint the scene I saw on top of the knoll. I would add two Shofarat coming down from the sky that would frame the split in the clouds. To illustrate my interpretation of the man calling I saw crosses blowing out from the horns signifying the calling out of God's word to his people. As of late, I have been reading Scripture about sowing the seed. This image made so much sense to me. I emailed the man that I had vision for painting that I wanted to share with him. What happened next is completely bizarre. It turned the whole event of meeting the man and my vision on the top of the knoll into something I can’t explain.
Patty, I and our friend Laura went down for our visit with the man to learn more about blowing the Shofar. When we arrived at the house we sat with the man while he filled us in on his latest events and future trip to Israel. During the talk the man asked me to describe my vision I had for my painting. As I started to describe in detail what I had seen on my walk that day and my vision for the painting. The man asked Laura and Patty to go to the back wall and look at a piece of art while I was talking. He told me not to turn around which I thought kind of strange. When my description was about complete I heard Laura and Patty mumble with some amazement. I was curious what the commotion was so I got up to see what they were looking at. I went back to the wall and on a small 8” x 10” painting, what I had just described my vision of I saw almost identical in that painting. The horn was different than what my vision called for but the most surprising thing to me was the absolute perfection of the split in the clouds that day that I saw from the knoll. The split was actually a mirror image of what I saw but the outline was close to identical. I knew at that point that I was being called to help the man with his calling.
Our walk that day was wonderful as we marched up the hill. We came to inspiration point where we prayed and blew the Shofarot in all directions. Hearing the man blow the Shofarot from this spot was beautiful. The whole Turkey Vulture concept played out as the man was able to call out to the Vultures as they appeared over the canyon. We saw two different flights that day that were divine. The combination of vultures, gorgeous views, canyon walls, Shofar sounds and Prayer made for an anointed outing.
In the painting “The Great Shofar Calling”, I have painted strong similarities to that day on top of the knoll and my vision at night of the man's calling. I have added scripture that the man anoints his Shofarot with and other scripture that mentions Trumpets that seem to be in unison with my vision and the man's calling. I want to mention that my understanding of Jewish tradition is not very good and that this process of meeting this man, hearing about his story strengthened my understanding of the Jewish Community.
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