“What Kingdom?”

“What Kingdom?”

Matthew Almy’s
What Kingdom?

Matthew Lawrence Almy’s oil on linen painting is an inspirational work of art.

By inspirational I mean that it inspires unto thought, contemplation, and soberness of soul. A very joyous combination.

Matthew Lawrence Almy doesn’t just have one labor of art that inspires, it appears there are many.

As a disclaimer, I don’t know if Mr. Alym’s intention was to communicate in the art the following Scripture but inspire me it did.

Thank-you Mr. Almy.

Though my humble abode does not have a wall on which to hang your painting, it is hanging upon the wall of my heart. My the Lord Jesus be pleased.

John the Baptist was a solid man, sure of his mission having seen visions while hearing the Word of God. Indeed, when it came time to baptize Jesus John the Baptist knew what his mission was and gladly obeyed.

John the Baptist’s faith was solid that day but from the weary prison cell the prosecuting authorities had locked him in, he, this solid man, asked, “What kingdom?”.

Soon John the Baptist would lose his head for preaching to an authority of the government that sin was reaching a high point.

When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples  to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”  

Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see:  The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.  Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.  

As John’s disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind?  

If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings’ palaces.  Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.  This is the one about whom it is written: “ ‘I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’  Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.  

From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. Matthew 11:2-12

Such is the life of faith with all its glorious joys and sufferings as it follows Jesus.

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Amen!

Oh, that this painting was hanging on every Public School and College wall in America.

Better yet there are some, and I quote, “happy” Prosecutors in King County Washington, of Seattle, that need this upon the wall of their hearts.

 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. Ecclesiastes 7:4