Over the next few weeks I will be focusing on the theme of prophetic art. I recently interviewed Jennifer Koch, founder of Melbourne-based Patmos Arts, to learn more about this captivating subject. For more information and a description of this painting by Jenny entitled, ‘Rose of Sharon’, see the notes at the end of this post.
Art, like music, has a powerful ability to convey a message and to stir the soul.
Surrendered to God, art—in any medium—can be used not only for enjoyment, appreciation, or for other intended purposes; it can also convey a prophetic message from the heart of God the Father.
The Power of Art to Convey a Prophetic Message
Some years ago during services held at our church on the theme of worship, our band played the song, ‘Heart of Worship’ by Matt Redman.
Whilst the worship team played, an unusual sight unfolded on the screen overhead.
It was a video of Jenny Koch painting onto a large clear sheet of Perspex. The camera was positioned so that the viewer could see both the unfolding painting and Jenny behind the Perspex with her brush at work.
The congregation was transfixed as the words of the song and the meaning of the painting converged.
‘I’m coming back to the heart of worship, and it’s all about You, it’s all about You, Jesus.’
After one of the services, Jenny encountered a lady she knew, who was not a regular churchgoer and new to the journey of faith.
The woman appeared to be emotionally shaken, and it was evident that the Holy Spirit had touched her during the service. All she could say was, ‘I didn’t know it was like this, I just didn’t know. And it was the painting that did it.’
To this day, Jenny cannot recall the incident without being moved to tears. At that moment, she cried in her heart, ‘Oh God, this is what I live for!’
God’s Love and Gift Of Art
‘In the beginning God created…’ (Gen 1:1)
“See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts– to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of craftsmanship… Also I have given skill to all the craftsmen to make everything I have commanded you. (Ex 31:2-6)
In creating people in His image, God also gave us the capacity to create. One of the ways in which this creativity can clearly be seen is in the arts.
The value that the Father places on art and craftsmanship can be seen in the furnishings of the tabernacle and later the temple—places where He chose to dwell in His manifest glory, be worshipped, and reveal Himself to His people.
Consider for example:
- The veil of the tabernacle included an artistic design of cherubim ‘by a skilled craftsman’ (Ex 26:1)
- The crafting and symbolic design of the priestly garments (Ex 28)
- Artwork in the temple, including the temple walls, which were carved with cherubim, palm trees and flowers (1 Kings 6:29)
- The magnificent statues of Cherubim (1 Kings 6:23-28)
- Movable stands that featured lions, oxen and cherubim in bronze (1 Kings 7:29)
These artistic designs were not intrinsic to the function of the tabernacle and temple, or to the office of the priest, and yet God chose to place them there for their beauty and for what the designs themselves represented.
The Bible itself has inspired great artists over the centuries to produce masterpieces.
And today, believers continue to be inspired of the Holy Spirit to produce art that brings God glory—and speaks of His love and glory to others.
Introducing Prophetic Art
Over the next few weeks, with Jenny’s assistance, I will be focusing on the topic of prophetic art, featuring the following topics:
(Click on the links to view the articles)
- What is prophetic art?
- The journey of a prophetic artist—and advice for beginners
- The practice of prophetic art
We’re looking forward to having you journey with us!
 Jennifer Koch is founder of Patmos Arts. I will be sharing more of Jenny’s story over the next few weeks. You can find her website and view more of Jenny’s artwork at: www.jenniferkoch.webs.com
 Jenny’s description of the above painting, ‘Rose of Sharon’ is as follows:
The raw technique of this painting symbolises human emotion at its most basic form.
In my paintings the archway is always a symbol of hope.
The Rose of Sharon is the most fragrant of alll roses- only, though, once it has been crushed.
© Helen Calder 2010 Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
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