The image below is an oil painting by David Robinson. My artwork is an expression of my Christian faith. If you have an interest in art in general, Christian art, or artwork with Christian themes, you may be interested in purchasing a reproduction of this painting. This painting, Shekhinah, shows the symbolic figure of Man being confronted by a symbolic Mount Sinai. Shekhinah is a painting about God and man. It expresses the power of God's conviction of the human heart, the sorrow of repentance, and the promise and hope of restoration. Man realizes his true condition only in the light of God's perfect righteousness, just as when the "Shekhinah" of God descended upon Mount Sinai.

Shekhinah is an oil painting measuring 50" x 48". Reproductions of it are available for purchase at the following prices.

The "Print size" is the dimensions of the piece of paper. The "Image size" is the dimensions of the picture's borders within the actual paper edges. Shekhinah has been reproduced on 80-lb. acid-free Patina Matte cover stock, an archival paper which, if handled with care (framed under glass), will remain in perfect condition for decades. The dimensions of the larger print are standard (22" x 28" is a standard size), which could reduce framing costs in some cases.


Large Print Print Size: 28" x 22" - Image Size: 21.5" x 21" - $49.95 (free shipping)


Small Print Print Size: 11" x 8.5" - Image Size: 7.75" x 7.5" - $19.95 (free shipping)

שכינה

"Shekhinah" is a Hebrew word meaning "dwelling" or "presence". The word itself is not found in the Hebrew scriptures (what Christians refer to as the Old Testament). Rather, it was used in translations or paraphrases such as the Targum, and in rabbinical writings. It was used to describe a phenomenon recorded in several Old Testament stories. The “Shekhinah" was “the glory of God”; to some interpreters, an actual aura or “cloud” of divine light, seen to surround Yahweh, a visible manifestation of the Almighty. This is the literal "glory of God" that Moses, like an ember, radiated after he had been in the presence of God on Mount Sinai --- to the extent that the people begged him to cover his face. They could not stand to look at him. These various Old Testament accounts testify to God's statement to Moses: "You cannot see my face; for there shall no man see me, and live." (Exodus 33:20)

It is statements and stories such as these that should cause us to truly meditate on the absolute transcendence of God, on the truth that He is farther above us creatures than we could ever comprehend. I believe that the cosmos stands as a testimony to this: when I look at the night sky, and think about the incredible size and unbelievable wonders in the universe, I cannot help but wonder at the unknowable power and glory of the One who made it. And this is to say nothing of the physically smaller wonders of physics and biology. The heavens truly do declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1).

The "Shekhinah glory" of God (as many preachers refer to it) was present in the Holy of Holies, the innermost chamber of the Temple, into which only the High Priest could enter with the blood of the Passover lamb. It was the veil separating this Most Holy Place from the rest of the temple that was "rent in twain" when Jesus Christ, the crucified Messiah, "gave up the ghost" (Matthew 27:50, 51).

My painting, Shekhinah, is a symbolic image of mankind's confrontation with the divine. In summary, all that we should have in our hearts when confronted by a righteous and omnipotent God is humility, reverence, gratitude, and repentance (Psalm 51:17).