The Land of the Giants…… Joshua 14: 6-12 (For Steven)

     God is a rewarder of those who remain faithful to him. There is even a scripture that tells us to dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. But, there are times when we wonder if we are still on the right track. I’ve been doing these paintings for some time now. I believe God inspired me to do them. He gave me this ability. Shoot, sometimes I’ve even asked Him to increase it. It is a part of me, reflects who I am in Him, and as I have said before, I’ve never been comfortable with the classic Bible illustrations. Lately, because of a very busy schedule, I have not been able to pay much attention to this blog. Actually, I’ve thought of changing it to a different format due to the lack of time to donate to painting. Not!

     God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Keep seeking, keep asking , keep knocking. When you’ve done all you can do….stand. Then God will encourage  you, and answer you, and open doors for you. So it has been for me, not only with this blog but, with other areas of my life as well. However, we will confine the subject to this blog for now.

    One of the things that I’ve always wanted to master in the painting category is to be able to paint mountains well. I love mountains. They represent for me the majesty of God. The painting (unfinished by the way) you see here is my latest attempt to give voice to the feeling in my heart about the mountains of God. Mountains also many times can represent the walk we have with God. For those of you who have hiked the mountains, as I have , you know how exhausting it can be. God is faithful to give refreshing times to his weary hikers. So it has been for me.

     After my last post, I received a comment on my board from a man named Steven. He said he had been searching for months to find paintings like mine. That small thank you note inspired this post. It was the spark that kept me from giving up. It was an answer to prayer on the subject matter that will occupy the foreground of this mountainscape. Ive had alot of thoughts about what to put into the composition. Native Americans, the Great Wall of China and an old peasant fighting some of the Emperor’s soldiers, even a scene with wolves and a lone trapper, were among the potential entries onto the list of subjects. Now, at last I believe I’ve got my subject. Caleb and the Anakim. It almost makes me cry to think about it. I’ve tried to paint many other things but, nothing has held my attention. Remember when I tried to do Samson? What an exercise in futility.

     This morning I was thinking about the story of Caleb and Joshua in Joshua 14. This is where Caleb asked Joshua for his inheritance in the land of promise. Caleb recounts his faithfulness to God and to Moses and even mentions his good report about the land of Kadesh-barnea (Joshua 14:7). Then he asks for an insane piece of real estate. The Land of the Giants (Joshua 14:12). The mountain country where the great cities of the Anakim are built. The Anakim are the decendants of the union of angelic beings and men (Genisis 6: 4). actually they were called the  Nephilim, the Anakim were the sons of Anak who was one of the Nephalim. The Nephalim were Demi-gods, like Hercules and Persius. Merlin was also a Demi-god. So was Goliath of Gath; the subject of the first painting I posted on this blog. Eighty year-old Caleb was looking to get into a scrape with these guys. He had told everyone forty years before that the Nephalim would be food for the warriors of God. Now he was wanting to make good on that claim. Caleb believed God. Everyone else came back saying that the Nephalim would view (and treat) these same warriors like grasshoppers (Numbers 13:33). Worse than that these same gentlemen, who thought the Nephalim viewed them like grasshoppers, viewed themselves the same way. So, they got to spend another forty years in the wilderness, until everyone of them had dropped dead. Except Caleb (Numbers 14: 23,24).

     Caleb had heard something from God that he always says to those He calls to fight for Him:

            “…everywhere I send you you shall go, and all that I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them. For I am with you to deliver you.” Jeremiah 1: 7,8

      If that is not enough, how about this?

            “… I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up, to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant. (Jeremiah 1:10)

     So, the question remains: Do you want to spent the rest of your days regreting your decisions to not believe God and obey Him, or get in the fight and take what God has promised to us? Thank you Steven, wherever you are. Safe journeys and God bless.

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10 comments

  1. Steven · December 4, 2010

    Wow, I don’t know what to say but, God is real. The fact that I could do anything to help a fellow Christian artist (esp. an artist I view as sort of a hero) is crazy. Praise the Lord for He is good even to me a 17 year old!

  2. jeremiahbriggs · December 4, 2010

    He is real and He sees you. He is good and He knows what you need even before you ask. BTW I’d like to see some of your work. If you ever get the chance to send something my email is jeremiah.rcv@gmail.com.

  3. Channah · December 14, 2010

    I love mountains and I love your work — two of my most favorite things = well, I was never good at math so I don’t know what it equals but I know that it’s a lot!!! Love you! See you soon!

    • jeremiahbriggs · December 15, 2010

      Thanks I’ll be doing more on it soon. Its hard to find time to paint.

  4. transientglory · December 20, 2010

    This was great. I can’t wait to the finished painting!

  5. jeremiahbriggs · December 24, 2010

    Working on it. Great to hear from you. Merry Christmas!

  6. Faith · December 28, 2010

    Cultivate faithfulnes….food in the kingdom. Thank you Jeremiah for feeding me. I love you- Faith

  7. jeremiahbriggs · December 28, 2010

    I love you too, and you’re welcome

  8. Steven Shapiro · January 7, 2011

    Hello Mr Jeremiah,
    Sorry for taking so long to get back to you. I recently started a blog that shows some of my work. Please view it at http://drawn2god.blogspot.com/.
    I praise the Lord for your recent post!

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