The Wise Men’s Dream
“To the hard of hearing you shout, and to the almost blind you draw large startling figures.” –Flannery O’Connor
The wise men came from the East and were led by a star to come to Jerusalem to worship the infant Christ. When they found Him they responded with rejoicing, worship and gifts. Their response was quite different than the paranoid intentions of Herod and his advisors in Jerusalem.
God warns them in a dream to not report back to Herod, so they took another route home. The painting depicts images of Herod’s response to their decision, the reason they were to go home. Herod prepared to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and younger. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
“A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children;
and she refused to be comforted,
because they were no more.” (Jeremiah 31:15)
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