Bezalel's Compass

April 20, 2014

Dying to One’s Self and the Glory of Resurrection Day

peter-paul-rubens-holy-trinityDon’t answer a man by studying about him – the horrid concept that spurns difference, rather study to show yourself approved toward God. Build the relation. Get to know your man. Let him tell you what he thinks, knows and believes. Let him trust you that you will listen to his thoughts, ideas and words. Let his confidence be ensured that you will not condemn his concept, rape his reason, disparage his decision, a priori. Know him intimately, as a friend. What point is there to win the argument only to lose the man? To build a wall only to keep civility and its discourse outside? Embrace the awkwardness of not knowing. Cherish the confliction of concepts. Desire the disparity of mental genealogies. In the endgame, reason doesn’t win the battle, that’s belongs to the middle ground. The beginning and end is a gift of love.

April 3, 2013

Remembering My Own Self

Early Days

Every year, this day, April 2nd,  I remember:

“The title of the free, of the “coming generation,” could not be bestowed on those whose future was not hewn out by the older generation’s voluntary restraint and opening up of their “coming.” Future and freedom, liberty and “coming” are two aspects of the same thing. Without foresight – no freedom. My father’s foresight is my freedom. My own “future” is made possible by the love of the preceding generation.” – Origin of Speech, E.R.H.

My son, hear the instruction of you father and forsake not the law of you mother…  if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; so that thou inline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; if thou seekest her as silver, and searcheth for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.

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

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 7, 2012

For wonders He has made!

Filed under: Drawing on Life, Kids These Days — Tags: , , — Eric G. Ivers @ 2:38 am

Victor My son: “O sing a joyful sound unto the LORD!”

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)

September 18, 2012

Choir of Angels

Where should a choir be stationed in a church? Should the choir be visible? In a loft? In the background supporting the congregation? Up front and center?  When I was in Venice during Pentecost at San Marco, I was slack jawed at the choir of angels that sang from an invisible “beyond”. Unseen, the choir pulled the congregation of the temporal faithful into the realm of the eternal. The call of holy communion was administered within and among the incorporeal church militant. This is the power of art that stops time. How else might architecture affect how we  worship?

San Marco, Venice

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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