TODAY'S THEME: Isaiah's Peaceable Kingdom
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"The Prophet Isaiah" by Raphael Sanzio, 1511-12

There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.

He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked
Righteousness shall be the girdle of his waist,
and faithfulness the girdle of his loins.

Isaiah 11:1-5
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition

"Peaceable Kingdom" by Edward Hicks

Notes on painter Edward Hicks (1780-1849)
American colonial painter Edward Hicks is best known for his series of paintings
depicting Isaiah 11: 6-7. The self-taught painter began his artistic career as a sign
painter and a decorator of carriages. Even in those early years, he was drawn to
the use of symbols, both patriotic and religious. Hicks was a devout Quaker, and
as he moved from sign painting toward fine art, his fellow Quakers began to raise
eyebrows at his less-than-practical choice of career. He abandoned painting long
enough to fail at farming; he then returned to oil and brushes for the rest of his life.
His peers began to appreciate his honest artwork, especially since Hicks also
became a strong preacher. The Quakers also appreciated his refusal to
paint portraits, which were considered ego-centered.

HIcks was devoted to the Scriptures. He also was influenced by 18-century
Quietism, a movement emphasizing "simplicity, self-discipline and contact
with the Inner Light." His paintings depicting Isaiah's prophecy became his
signature works and remain his central artistic legacy today.

In the painting above, one notices a grouping of people on the left hand side.
Hicks is depicting American founding father and Quaker William
Penn signing a treaty with the native Americans.

-Lisa Bowman

Source: "Hick's Peaceable Kingdom," by John Braostoski
Friends Journal, February, 2000

"The Peaceable Kingdom of the Branch," by Edward Hicks

The wolf shall dwell with the lamb,
and the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
and the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
The cow and the bear shall feed;
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
The suckling child shall play over the hold of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den.

They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain;
for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 11: 6-9
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition

And now, the Last Word:

Oh God, You are Peace.
From You comes Peace,
To You returns Peace.
Revive us with a salutation of Peace,
and lead us to your abode of Peace.

A saying of the prophet Muhammad




































Bonus quote:

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.

William Blake (1757-1827)
English poet, painter and printmaker


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