Fresh art in the chapel! Thank you Malcolm Bourne for this gift, painted in 2014 when we had a visit from the Korean prayer team and Archbishop of Canterbury. Four Rivers 11th September 2014
Acrylic on Board
By Malcolm Bourne
The rivers in Genesis 2, Ezekiel 47, John 7 and Revelation 22 form four images of spiritual rivers that have significance to Bristol. Bristol is a place of connection for all four rivers.
Each river has a slightly different form. Genesis was the first, the source of the river almost like a fountain celebrating Gods goodness. This passage also depicts the branching of four different rivers. Ezekiel was a still deep river with trees on the bank bearing fruits and leaves for healing the nations. John was the human river, a river of power like a wave. This is depicted in the painting as a hand and called the Korean wave in response to the South Korean prayer missionaries. Revelation is glorious water, a crystal sea forever spreading like the Genesis original design.
The depiction in these scriptures is that the source of every river is a temple. Genesis the garden temple, John the body temple, Ezekiel and Revelation a temple building. The centre of this painting also has a temple; Temple Meads is the central train station of Bristol with its Cathedral like building and water canals running under it (meads meaning meadow). It also has much symbolism being a centre for travel, people coming and going on a system of river like routes. What God creates in Bristol will travel to London and beyond.
The circle on the painting surrounding Bristol Temple Meads is a compass showing the North, South, East and West. As Jerusalem had the physical gates (as depicted in Ezekiel) the spiritual version in Bristol could be significant. Who are the spiritual gatekeeper’s of Bristol?
Wells, rivers, gates, temples, waves, provision, healing, trees and revival are all strong themes that God could be highlighting for Bristol in this season. ... See MoreSee Less