Bezalel's Compass

March 30, 2013

The Prophecy of Isaiah

Filed under: Art, Drawing on Life, Praise — Tags: , , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 1:33 am

Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands… Isaiah 49:16

We live in a world of common place alienation, loneliness and exile, but Isaiah reminds us that the LORD has not forgotten His people, that he is not far off and that he will draw nigh to His people. He will cause His face to shine upon us and our faces will be lifted up in joy.

Peter Paul Rubens-The Crucified Christ

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March 29, 2013

What Wondrous Love is This

But he was pierced for our transgressions;
he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
and with his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

What wondrous love is this that God would be made flesh and dwell amongst a broken creation, to be despised and rejected by His own, the king of heaven and earth mocked by His servants, tortured and nailed to a cross? This is the love of God, that He should give grace toward those of such lowly and de-meritted intentions. Christ was incarnated to save those just like us. To re-orientate us within a new creation. To save the world by an unyielding sacrificial love.
Tiepolo - Christ Carrying the Cross

December 11, 2012

Advent – The Faith of Abraham

Filed under: Art, Drawing on Life, In Other's Words — Tags: , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 5:25 am

And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

Advent – Jeremiah’s Hope

Rembrandt-Jeremiah_Lamenting_the_Destruction_of_Jerusalem.normal“The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.” – Jeremiah 33:14-16

December 7, 2012

Advent: Waiting on the LORD

Filed under: Art, Drawing on Life, In Other's Words — Tags: , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 2:34 am

Meissonier_Jean-Louis-Ernest-IsaiahIsaiah by Meissonier: “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”. Isaiah 40:31

Imagin(ing) Christ

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Drawing on Life — Tags: , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 2:25 am

There are few churches that do not contain images of Jesus incarnated. Either in stain glass, on the walls, in paintings, in statues, crucifixes, or as the church building itself. Its a benefit of the incarnation, we saw Him and beheld His glory. Idolatry is found not in the portraying of Christ as such, but in the worship of the medium in which He was communicated. Sometimes the images are rightly torn down to remind us of the proper telos for the image.

December 5, 2012

Advent – Isaiah and the Massacre of the Innocents

Nicholas Poussin, 1594-1665 “But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked”. (Is 11:4) The advent of Christ, against all Victorian and subsequent sentimentalities, came first and foremost during the darkest hour of a ‘scorched earth’ warfare. (Rev. 12) Poussin’s classical restraint is synchronously paired with the dramatic passion of the scene; the brutality of the soldier, the terror of the mother, the almost audible cry of the child, the mindless agony of a mother clutching her dead child. The stillness of the frame, the low viewpoint of the perspective, the closeness of the cast, all serve to bring us into this world of abominable cruelty. This world becomes personal, individual, all-to-real, dare I say real-lifelike. This is the world of Christmas. Its our world. This is the world for which his name was “called Jesus: for He will save His people from their sins”. (Matt 1:21)

December 4, 2012

Advent – Virgin Birth and What Cannot Be Concieved

Filed under: Art, Drawing on Life, In Other's Words — Tags: , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 2:37 am

Sandro Botticelli - Mystical Nativity 1500There is a lot being communicated here, but three things pop out. First, this scene conjoins the spiritual realm and the physical realm in one cosmic gift event through the redemption of creation; the demons beneath the feet of men are scattered as the angels in heaven rejoice. The world of creation is being saved and marks the beginning of the end of evil. (Jn. 3:16) Secondly, while this one singular event is being played out, time is simultaneously stretched. The manger scene itself is the beginning or entrance to the grave and the life of Christ is meant to be remembered between those bookends.

Lastly, while discussing the Virgin Birth, Karl Barth concluded: “The Virgin Birth at the opening and the empty tomb at the close of Jesus’ life bear witness that this life is in fact marked off from all the rest of human life, and marked off, in the first instance, not by our understanding or our interpretations, but by itself.” The Virgin Birth and the empty tomb tell an in-conceivable story.

September 18, 2012

THE POETICS OF CHRISTENDOM: The Trinity, the Incarnation and the Origin of Architectural Creation

INTRODUCTION AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

My many heartfelt thanks to Thomas Gordon Smith who taught me that an architect’s vocation is fundamentally one of servant-hood – who taught me that the origin of the work of great architecture exists in that space between a patron and his servant. It is here that the virtuous architect mediates the Christ-like role as both teacher and servant. Wisdom determines when the architect is which, but architecture is still always a communal event. This, in the end, is the Christian’s lifelong walk along the road that has just begun. Soli Deo Gloria.

January 12, 2012

Incarnation and the Arts

Filed under: Education of an architect, In Other's Words, On Existence and Time — Tags: , — Eric G. Ivers @ 5:27 pm

“The Incarnation, had it note been necessary to man’s redemption, would have been necessary to his art”.

Charles Williams – Reason and Beauty in the Poetic Mind

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