This painting is about the full paradoxical nature of God. God has a ferocious holiness or absolute intolerance of unrighteousness. But, He also has patience, mercy and gentleness that goes way beyond our comprehension.
God is the Master Potter. The potter’s pressure right hand corresponds to the roaring, ferocious lion, and the gentle holding left hand with the gentle lion. These two forces come together to form the pot. One can see the Refiner’s Fire with the fingers of the potter that applies pressure. The pot is being shaped into the image of Christ symbolized by the cross on the pot. There is also a pure gold wedding band for the Bridegroom being fashioned out of the opening of the pot. All of the universes and all that happens in our lives happens between the hands of the Master Potter. Nothing is outside of Sovereign God’s sight and ability to work good out of it.
Over all the Potter’s work there is the banner of love. The banner has three segments – Father, Son, Holy Spirit. It also gives some the impression of the Torah.
As for those dry bones the question remains, “Can these dry bones live?” (Ezekiel 37:1-14) God commands the prophet Ezekiel to prophesy over the bones, and then to prophesy to the winds to raise up a mighty army for the Lord. God could ask of the prophets today, “Can Israel be brought to the foot of the cross in recognition of their true Messiah?” The command of God could come to us, “Prophesy over Israel that she may breathe the living breath of this revelation!”
The menorah has been burning until the Messiah comes in all His glory. In Revelation 21:23 “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” The seven “spirits” of the Lord (Isaiah 11:2) are represented by the menorah bowls. After the King of Kings, Lord of Lords comes there will be fullness of this revelation of Him… the lamps do not have to be lit any more.
The shofar blasts out the prophesy and heralds the coming King. There is triumph over all that caused bondage.
The lamb leans into the untamed but gentle lion in full trust and rest. The lion welcomes the leaning lamb nestled in his mane. Both enjoy the intimacy and the lamb takes on the color and the nature of the lion.