Thursday, April 11, 2013

Art Devotions: Bible Artist - Exodus 35:30-33

Exodus 35:30-33        Then Moses said to the Israelites, "See, the LORD has chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts-- to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic craftsmanship. 

            I rediscovered art about six years ago. It happened late at night because, as usual, I couldn’t sleep. I came across a box of wax crayons, took some white paper from my printer, and started to draw. At first I was only doodling, but after a while shapes and forms, shades and objects began to emerge on the paper. I drew cartoons and abstracts, posters and religious designs. And then I made an amazing discovery: using my computer scanner and reversing the colors, I made wax crayon drawings look like stained glass windows and chalk art. I called the process ‘digital glass’ and have used it ever since.

            Last week I was commissioned to design a 2015 conference logo for the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. Last month, scores of churches throughout the world used my Easter drawings for their worship bulletins and screens. To date, I have sold over 650 prints and over 400 ACEO cards. I design Bible art cards for our church kids and teach them how to draw in a weekly art class. To think that it all began with a sleepless night, a box of crayons, and some ordinary white paper!

            I feel blessed and hope that my religious artwork pleases God. When I read about Bezalel in the Book of Exodus being given creative art skills by the Spirit of God, I am both humbled and delighted. He was empowered to design the sacred artwork in the sanctuary of the Holy Tabernacle. What a commission!  It seems that art is given a special place in the Bible. It appears that God also likes His people to create things artistically for Him.

Questions for personal reflection

What kind of art inspires me? How does religious art bring us closer to God?

Prayer:            Lord God, thank You for the blessings of artistic creativity that You have given to the world through the Holy Spirit. May we be drawn closer to You through the religious works of art that You have inspired throughout the centuries and across the nations. In Your Holy Name, we cheerfully pray. Amen.

John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to comment on today’s message, please send him an email to You can also view his latest and past art online at his website

Today’s image is the poster design for the PAM 2015 conference. If you would like to view a larger version, please click on the following link:

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