In the area named Decapolis, Jesus drove out a group of “evil spirits” from a man into a school of pigs. Then the pigs stampeded to be drowned in the lake, whereas the man was restored. This episode is narrated in , for example, Mark 5:5.
Before I felt sorry for the innocent pigs, every time I read this episode. But recently it seems that it would tell us more important things than to regret in details of the story.
What is an evil spirit? Our church often teaches us not to take is as a human will that stood against God. It suggests us it should be a symbol for many misfortunes, like physical or mental diseases.
I think an evil spirit might be “a status or a property shorting of the Holy spirit”, like “a positive hole is the area left after an electron moved away.”
The pigs, into which it is described as the demons entered, should be from my aspect those from which the Holy spirit left. Then they immediately lost control and ran into death.
On the contrary, the man, who had been occupied with demons, i.e. lacking of the Holy spirit, had not gone dead but struggled for God for a long time until he met with Jesus.
I think this be what human being is blessed with. We could ask for God when we lose Him, where as pigs have no way to return to Him. At this point I feel very sorry for the pigs in this episode now.
Then today’s picture.
I drew a pig just running away and a man, in contrast to it, crouching on the ground, pulling out his arms and scratching the earth. He is struggling with his instinct, that he’d like to simply run into death like an animal.
Soon after I painted the pig in pink, I changed my mind to follow the rule I explained the previous blog: paint it in the color pattern of the chaos, RGB.
The Nature in the background should be painted in natural colors, because it is balanced (at least at that time far more than now) .
And here comes the hand of Jesus to heal him…
Well, how should I paint the man and the holy Hand?
My Idea is white(r=g=b=1) and black(r=g=b=0) are two fundamental states prepared by God to create every color(i.e. property) in the world.
From the above aspect, the man is not into chaos, represented by the complete separation among rgb, but everything should be vague. So I painted him in gray colors in various brightness.
And the Hand has a complete order with white and black.
Behold, what an impact the Hand has! Indeed the combination of pure white and black would be symbolize physical and mental state in the complete order.
Soon after that, however, the picture seemed to me no good.
The Hand might be too magnificent. Our Jesus might be humbler, being close to us. “He is a powerless God, precisely, He made Himself powerless to be with us” so tells our paster every time, “That’s what we Christians should be proud of”
So I corrected the picture so that His hand be much smaller and yet far from – but surely approaching to – him.
May God take all poor pigs up to His kingdom.