The Gospel of John Ch7-9

I have probably said it before but Starlings have some amazing qualities. They are mimics and can be taught to talk. There is an old Welsh Myth in the Mabinogion where a starling was sent with a message after being taught to talk. It forms part of the story of Branwen the sister of Bran. But these birds also are rather lovely to look at with the metalic rainbow sheen of their feathers, and their habit flocking  before they roost forming great swirling patterns in the sky. Wonderful. It is a pity that most peoples knowledge of them extends no further than noisy, aggressive birds which visit our gardens and consume everything in sight. True, of course, but there is more to them than that.
Another garden favourite, the Great Tit. Hang up a feeder with the appropriate foodstuffs and there is a good chance these birds will turn up. With their yellow breast  broken by a black stripe, and white cheeks, they are quite striking birds.

This is another mixed media painting/drawing. I decided to us the prop of a carpenters plane because it seemed appropriate considering this scripture where Jesus has returned to his hometown in Galilee because the Jewish authorities were already planning to kill him.

There is a controversial word in this portion of Johns Gospel. It is the word "yet". Jesus says to his kinsmen"I go not up yet unto this feast". Here, in the KIng James Bible, which is based upon the Textus Receptus, you can see the word "yet". But in the modern versions of the Bible they have removed the word "yet", which makes a liar out of Jesus, who first of all says that he is not going  but then goes later in secret, precisely because the authorities were looking to kill him. The inclusion/exclusion of this small word makes a great deal of difference.

His immediate family, excluding his mother, did not at this point in time believe in him. That all changes after the crucifixion and subsequent resurrection. James , who became the leader of the church in Jerusalem, and Jude were the authors of the letters of that bear their name. When the Holy Spirit falls on the believers at Pentecost, his mother, and near family are all there.
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All the art  in this Gallery was created with home made watercolour paint on 140lb Fabriano Artistico Paper. 22* x 15* (Does not use animal products in the sizing) I used Rosemary & Co Brushes. (Synthetic) The calligraphy was done by hand using a brush and acrylic ink.

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