Original watercolor and gold leaf 70″ x 30″
This work came out of a time of pain and being torn apart. Ichabod means the Lord has departed.
The creation of this piece began with researching the Biblical references to the veil, which was torn apart and was what separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place in both the Tabernacle in the wilderness, as well as the ancient Jewish Temple at Jerusalem.
Exodus 26:31-31 gave the description of the materials, the colors, and the images that were to be used in the making of the veil, while the Cherubim were described in Ezekiel 1:4-8, 10. The Cherbuim had four heads, one of a man, one of a lion, one of an ox and one of an eagle. You can only see two in the folds of the material.
The torn veil, symbolic of the broken body of Jesus Christ, having been “torn in two from the top to the bottom” at the moment of His death, revealed to all the priesthood of Israel that the Shekinah Glory of God had departed from their temple 33 years earlier.
The torn veil continues to speak to men today that the way into the Most Holy Place is now open to all. Jesus’ sacrificial death tore the veil of separation and the way to him was opened and open to all.
Matthew 27:51 – …the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom.
Hebrews 10:19-20 – …(we may now) enter into the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh.
This piece took 3 months to create. It is also gilded in gold in many of the treads and the bar and clips that held the veil. It was on display at the Billy Graham’s Museum of Sacred Art in 1998 and now is in a private collection.