Isaiah 11 and The Peaceable Kingdom

The Peacable Kingdom

So glad we had church today, as I was honored to preach from Isaiah 11:1-10. These beautiful words in Scripture come from Isaiah 11:6-8:

The wolf will live with the lamb,
and the leopard will lie down with the goat.
The calf, the young lion, and the fatling will be together,
and a child will lead them.
The cow and the bear will graze,
their young ones will lie down together,
and the lion will eat straw like the ox.
An infant will play beside the cobra’s pit,
and a toddler will put his hand into a snake’s den.

In my studies, I came across a famous American painting from this Scripture in Edward Hick’s The Peaceable Kingdom.  The animals and children are taken from Isaiah 11:6-8 (also echoed in Isaiah 65:25), including the lion eating straw with the ox.[1]

Edward Hicks (April 4, 1780 – August 23, 1849) was an American folk painter and distinguished Quaker minister.[2]  This painting depicts Quaker pacifist values, and missionary efforts towards Native Americans.

I really enjoyed looking at this in light of the Scripture, and hope to see it in person some day.  Art really helps us to see something in a deeper dimension.

[1] Hicks, E., & Mather, E. P. Edward Hicks: A gentle spirit. New York: Andrew Crispo Gallery Inc., 1975.
[2] Taken from on 12/8/13