Monday, November 13, 2017

Be careful how you depict Jesus in paintings!

Every once in a while on Facebook, I see someone's drawing or meme depicting Jesus hugging some woman in a very intimate way - and I cringe because that is NOT what the actual Y'shua would have done! Y'shua, a Jewish Rabbi, the Divine Son of YHWH, would never have touched a woman in a sensual way because in the Orthodox Jewish culture the behavior is strictly prohibited.

I especially dislike pictures depicting the "wedding feast" where Mashyiach is hugging his "female bride" – because, while "we" ARE metaphorically his "bride", the "wedding" has absolutely NOTHING whatsoever to do with sex or intimate, bodily contact. It won’t be a free-for-all orgy; it will simply be a joyous gathering together of YHWH’s people who, by that time, will have received their “new, heavenly bodies” (2 Corinthians 5:1-10 and Revelation 21:1-4) which have no use for sex or procreation.

Matthew 22: 30. For in the resurrection of the dead, men do not marry women, nor are women given to husbands. Rather, they are as the Messengers (angels) of Elohim in Heaven. (AENT)

Being intimate in the way we humans think of intimacy, is NOT what YHWH is all about. I don’t care how “beautiful” the paintings or memes of the “wedding” (or any other “picture” depicting a loving Jesus hugging some woman) might be; it’s offensive to think that Y’shua will be fondling women (or men, who are also part of the “bride”) when he returns as the Lion of Judah (Revelation 5:5)!

Deuteronomy 4: 15 "Therefore, watch out for yourselves! Since you did not see a shape of any kind on the day ADONAI spoke to you in Horev from the fire, 16 do not become corrupt and make yourselves a carved image having the shape of any figure - not a representation of a human being, male or female, 17 or a representation of any animal on earth, or a representation of any bird that flies in the air, 18 or a representation of anything that creeps along on the ground, or a representation of any fish in the water below the shoreline. (CJB)

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