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Bible Focus - 24th January 2016

posted 20 Jan 2016, 08:34 by St.Serfs Tullibody-Clacks
The Light of the World (1851–3) is an allegorical painting by William Holman Hunt,, representing the figure of Jesus preparing to knock on an overgrown and long-unopened door, illustrating Revelation 3:20: 
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me".
According to Hunt: "I painted the picture with what I thought, unworthy though I was, to be by Divine command, and not simply as a good Subject.”
The door in the painting has no handle, and can therefore be opened only from the inside, representing "the obstinately shut mind".
Hunt, 50 years after painting it, felt he had to explain the symbolism.  

You have seen Him.         John 9.

Blind man, Blind man,--- So you can see.!!!                                                                                                                   
He's given you your sight.!!!
You boast a miracle.? Nearer the mark
It's a trick, more probably.
I only know, sir, today is light;
Yesterday was dark

Blind man, blind man,      I call your bluff;
Wasn't it you we saw last week  On the edge of the cliff.?
I seem to recall you saw then well enough.!!!

I saw with a sense, sir, so to speak,
That takes care of me.

Blind man, blind man,  your eyes were bright
That time we met you in town.
You even smiled as you passed us all.
Then, you seemed all right.

The moon is bright sir,    The moon smiles down--
But the moon can't see.

Blind man, blind man,   I put it to you
That you made this up in a bid
To be important for a while.
Tell us is that not true.?

No sir, you're wrong.
But what He did
Made me important in a style;
When all is said and done;
For it opened my eyes to what is hid
from those, I reckon, who see too much;
Yet never feel the healing touch
Of God's own blessed Son.

Roland Portchmouth

(Rev W Izett)