So…we have completed week 2 using the READ SCRIPTURE APP and we are currently in 2 Kings. See my previous post for more information on this if you are just now joining us!
WEEK 2 included 2 Kings – 2 Kings 22
In 2 Kings…
-God performs amazing miracles through his prophets as He sends these messengers to proclaim His will.
-The two kingdoms are far from the Lord and immersed in sin and rebellion. God’s prophets bring the only hope to this lost yet, chosen nation. We read of the rulers of the divided kingdoms who lead them to their fate in exile.
- The prophet Elijah concludes his ministry and hands over the reins to the next up and coming prophet, Elisha.
- God took Elijah in a whirlwind to heaven and Elisha asks for a double portion of Elijah’s spirit. God granted this request (2:9).
- In Elisha’s ministry, he carries out twice as many miracles, as Elijah, as God does His will through his prophet. We also find in these chapters, details about kings and dynasties, which ultimately disobey and ignore God’s commands and provisions.
- Finally, during the reign of the last evil king, Hoshea, the Assyrians take the Northern Kingdom into captivity. They have neglected the warning and coming judgment announced by the prophet Hosea.
- The more evil of the two kingdoms (Northern Kingdom) goes into permanent captivity. (By the Assyrians) There is no record or evidence of these 10 tribes of Israel ever returning from exile.
- Hezekiah (son of Ahaz) does good. He has a heart for the Lord. He takes down the altars in High places, and tries encourages the people to turn back to God.
- Unfortunately, Hezekiah falls to sin and pride after receiving a gift from the Babylonians. He flaunts all his wealth and treasures… Isaiah rebukes him, explaining to Hezekiah that one day all that he boasted about, would be taken to Babylon along with his descendants.
So, we continue to see the sin of man “rear it’s ugly head.” We see repeated rebellion and division. The good new is, our God sees worth in His people as we have been created in His image…and although He instills discipline, He also has great mercy.
I love God’s renewed promise to Hezekiah, in the midst of his sin:
“Once more a remnant of the kingdom of Judah
will take root below and bear fruit above.
For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant,
and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors.
“The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.”
-2 Kings 19:31
This is the scripture I chose for our class project using acrylic paint, micron pen, uni-ball signo pen, a foam brush & Q-tips! The larger flowers are done with a small round brush.
Below is a series of photos to see the step by step process.
1. Grey paint is applied with a foam brush, brushing in a touch of white and black for texture.
2. Green paint is applied with a plastic card. (Old gift card, key card, etc.)
3. Add touches of lighter green
4. Gather 5 Q-tips and dip in light blue paint. Group vines in 3’s
5. Create 3 clustered flower vines in varied lengths.
6. Using one Q-tip, create 3 medium blue “larger flower” vines in varied lengths. Begin to overlap flower vines.
7. Add a tiny bit of white to the medium blue flowers
8. Create a 6th color by mixing blues, light green and white
9. With the new color, create 3 vines of a “bell shaped” flower by brushing one Q-tip down at varying angles from the starting point. Alternating the angle of the flower as you apply them down the page.
10. Add a touch of white to the bottom of the “bell flowers.”
11. Layer 3 larger flowers in between and on top of vines. Start with light blue and add darker layers. Use a round brush.
12. Use the navy blue for the centers. 13. Next add tiny white flowers by applying white paint with a Q-tip using a cross motion followed by and “x” motion. (* <——-like this simple “asterisk”) I used navy for the center.
Keep in mind, this is an impressionistic style…you are giving the “impression” of flowers and vines without true form and precise detail. As you continue to add layers, step back from your piece. You will see it from a better perspective!
14. Add some simple leafy vines starting with dark green and then brushing on the lighter green for highlights.
15. I added “loose” details with a white Uni-ball signo pen, and then a black 005 Micron.
I also did this same process outside my Bible without the white details, see below. (I added a little more navy to the piece below with a single Q-tip, creating single berries)
*Inspired by Angela Anderson on You Tube:)