Paul: Bound, chained, whipped, stoned, and
imprisoned, yet strong in spirit.
Five times given one less than 40 lashes by the Jews;
Beaten three times by the Romans;
Shipwrecked three times; and
Adrift at sea a day and night.
Faced danger in the desert and from false brothers;
Experienced hunger and thirst; and
Was put in prison to quiet his message.
But he could not be
This painting, which
sets the stage for the next two pieces, suggests stripes from the
beatings and the dark underground prison. But the bars are transparent -
they could not keep his spirit contained or stop his message.
We continue to
benefit from his strong spirit and his writings 2000 years later.
Acrylic on Linen
60 x 32