Gazing on God Through Art | 02

Written By Holy Scripture


Read or listen to Romans 6:12–14​.

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, so that you obey its desires. And do not offer any parts of it to sin as weapons for unrighteousness. But as those who are alive from the dead, offer yourselves to God, and all the parts of yourselves to God as weapons for righteousness. For sin will not rule over you, because you are not under the law but under grace.

What does this passage communicate about your new life in the Spirit?

The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.


When approached with eyes wide open to God’s presence, gazing at beauty in art can be the Holy Spirit’s avenue for an awareness of union with God and spiritual wholeness.

Spend a few minutes meditating on this art.


Keeping the art in mind, wait in prayerful silence for 5 minutes. Write down what the Holy Spirit shows you.


Week 2 of 5 Contemplation

Ten Commandments
from The Saint John’s Bible

Artist Thomas Ingmire

The Saint John’s Bible press release for this illumination states, “Just as the creation in Genesis brought order from chaos, the Law, according to Jewish interpretation, brings order from the chaos of lawless society. In this sense, the giving of the Law is a new creation. The law forms the foundation of the covenant that God is establishing with his people.”

This illumination incorporates four key passages of Israel’s liberation story: the burning bush, the first Passover, the Red Sea crossing, and the twelve pillars erected at the foot of Mount Sinai.

God’s words in gold at the top of the page are the easiest to discern. The farther the viewer’s eye descends, the words of the decalogue still remain (even where it looks unintelligible), but the altered perspective means that clarity is lost and chaos seems to reign again.

Ten Commandments, Thomas Ingmire, © 2003 The Saint John’s Bible, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA.  Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, © 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.  Used by permission.  All rights reserved.

A print of this work is on display at the Christ Community Downtown Campus.

Luke 22:27


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