THY ROD AND THY STAFF THEY COMFORT ME
1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of
righteousness for his name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
The ancient scriptures above can be found in the Torah, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the Old Testament of the Bible. The passage speaks to us about how the Lord is our shepherd. Christ links himself to these scriptures thereby asserting his divinity. People wanted to stone him for that. The passage is my inspiration for the depiction(s) of Christ. The art is the first part of a three part picture that I am working on.
The passage also makes me wonder about those that lead us, those that we follow. As we live this life we have the tendency to coalesce around those that achieve excellence. That’s how humanity advances. Also, it’s just human nature. We rally behind our favorite sports stars, entertainers, politicians, writers, etc. Who we select to follow gives marvelous insight into the type of person that we are. Let’s consider some of these leaders, or SHEPHERDS OF HUMANITY.