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Man of Sorrows by Chrishankhah Man of Sorrows by Chrishankhah
"Man of Sorrows" was written and composed by Philip P Bliss, 1838-76, based on Isaiah 53:3, "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. " (What fine words of Christ's salvation found in the Old Testament, where few think to seek for it!)

One thing to appreciate about many hymns of old are how Christ-centered, theologically sound and gospel oriented they are. This one in particular is often sung in my local congregation. It has a beautiful tune, but more striking are the words, which lift up Christ's name in praise and humble the redeemed sinner. Churches would profit greatly to introduce and reintroduce edifying words as these in their musical worship.

For those interested in the history of this hymn one can be found by my pastor, Tom Chantry, here: [link]
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soloact-the-bard Featured By Owner May 26, 2010
"He hath done this" (Hebrew to Olde Englishe), "It is finished" (Hebrew to Greek to Olde Englishe). He was teaching Psalms 22 from the Cross!
Praise be to Yah (Hebrew to English of "Hallelujah" or "Alleluiah", where Yah means "I AM", God's Name)! What a Savior! :w00t:

Explanation for the sake of those who don't know. :)
tengweimatt Featured By Owner May 23, 2010
this is lovely. <3

by the way.. is this my comission?
Chrishankhah Featured By Owner May 23, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It isn't, or at least I wasn't thinking that when I did it -- it's funny you mentioned that today because a girl at church who I asked to help me with ideas also brought it up out of the blue, today.

I'm not saying I don't intend to do it. I'm still at a loss for what to do. It's hard to know what to illustrate. I do much better when I know specifically what to do, hehe. Do you have maybe a more specific idea of what you would like?
tengweimatt Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
How about turning from and overcoming sin?
Chrishankhah Featured By Owner May 25, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd still need a more specific idea of what to draw :)
tengweimatt Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
Weel, I don't know if this is a "good" or context-appropriate idea, but I was just thinking in my head of a man about to stab another man, but then he realizes it's wrong, and drops the knife. Then He breaks down in repentance. it's just an idea.
Chrishankhah Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll have to think more on it. That's not an inaccurate representation of the kinds of things God can and has done, but I wonder if it's not too simple or over-done. I'll think more on it and see if I can't come up with something that focuses on the cross and the gospel :)
tengweimatt Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
How about an idea based on Hosea 3:1-5?

It's alot more Gospel-centered because it shows how Hosea's faithfulness to the wayward Gomer is like GOD'S faithfulness to us wretched sinners.

Gomer, Hosea's wife, was an adulteress, a woman of whoredom. She was often unfaithful to her husband and eventually left him. Hosea, however, actually provided for her when she left.

And his faithfulness and love for his unfaithful wife did not end there. Gomer ended up being put on display , naked in a slave market.

But Hosea bought her back and covered her nakedness and said to her "You must dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you." (Hosea 3:3)

It's symbolic of how great GOD'S Awesome Love and faithfulness to us was even though we were wayward sinners, because He ought us back and covered our nakedness!

So, I was thinking of a picture of Hosea covering Gomer's nakedness and hugging her? (If that's correct)
Kajm Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting piece *g* I am curious though- it seems as though it can be read right-to-left, as well as in columns....
Chrishankhah Featured By Owner May 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, I caught on to that. The formatting here wasn't the best. I *attempted* to make it something to be read right to left, by formatting the second stanza midway between the first and third. I just didn't do too well. :(

It's right to left -- Man of Srorows - Bearing Shame - Guilty, vile, and helpless - Lifted up - When he comes. :)
Vueiy-Visarelli Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
We sing this one fairly often ourselves (we sing both old hymns & contemporary songs in our services).
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