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Commission|DN2-7|Sanctuary Service by ForestHymn Commission|DN2-7|Sanctuary Service by ForestHymn
The rest of the commission for Laymen Ministries' project. 

This was an extremely hard project for me to make. I'm an animal lover,
a vegan, and strongly believe that God made animals for us to love and
guard, and not use in selfish ways. I know sin made a mess of this world,
however; so I know things are not the way God made them to be originally.
I had to shut myself down emotionally in order to finish this project, because
it was too painful to think about. But it is now finished. All I know is, I will
never again paint a scene like this.

A Word To Animal Lovers
Just want to say a few words to those of you out there who are Christians
and are animal lovers. If this doesn't apply to you, and you could care less
about animals, please don't comment. I'm out of energy to answer you.

I always struggled with understanding why God set up the
sacrificial system. All my life I struggled with this question.
I know God is love, and have already found an answer as to
why there is so much pain and suffering in this world for human beings.
(Answered here: :bulletblue: Bible's Answer For Human Suffering)
But I struggled with believing that God could also love
animals. I didn't understand the necessity of the sacrificial
system. I knew the lamb was a symbol of Jesus... but just
didn't understand why such a thing would be necessary.

I was talking to my dad about it recently.. and he told me
something that made so much sense.. He told me a saying
in Spanish that goes: "What doesn't cost us anything, let's make
a party out of."
In context, it means that... If humans from
the beginning, did not understand the terrible consequence
of sinning = death, they would not understand how evil sin
really was. That is the key point: sin is evil. Our sin. So when
the lamb died - it was meant to be a deeply saddening occasion..
an occasion that would make you reflect on your life, and how to
become a better person. The death of the lamb was supposed to
be tragic. It was to be a reflection of the true sacrifice that would
happen one day - Jesus Christ.

Of course, the sacrificial system was destroyed at the cross -
so it is no longer necessary to sacrifice any animal. Jesus is the
fulfillment of this prophecy. His death is what actually covers our
sin. The lamb's death was only a foreshadowing. I think we humans
have grown very cold and unfeeling, because of all the evil that
abounds in this world. Sometimes we no longer feel anything
at all. Not to animals, and not even to our fellow human beings.
The media available often desensitizes us to how wrong evil really is.
To how wrong violence is. God set up the sacrificial system because
humans needed it - because it would remind them to stay away from sin.
When Jesus died on the cross, He became our true sacrifice. The memory
of His sacrifice should also make us turn away from sin.

In the whole mess of history of this world, you will discover something if
you study the Bible - that God is the true victim in this mess. I've come
to the realization that - it was not God's fault that animals had to die - it was ours.
In the same way, it was because our first parents fell into sin - that Jesus chose
to give His life in our place. In other words: let's stop blaming God for something
that is, squarely, our responsibility.

What About Animals?
According to the Bible, the whole history of this planet, from the fall,
to the regeneration, is an interruption of God's original plan. Death exists
as a result of humanity's sin. When sin is destroyed, God will destroy death itself.
The world will once more be like He created it, and intended it to be from the
:bulletgreen: Genesis 1:29-31 beginning. No creature, from the smallest, to the largest,
and no saved human being, will ever be subject to death again.

:bulletyellow:"Now I saw a new heaven [atmosphere] and a new earth, for the first heaven and
the first earth had passed away.... and I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold,
the tabernacle
[dwelling place] of God is with men [human beings], and He will dwell with
them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God
will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying.
There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said
to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

Revelation 21:1-5

:bulletyellow:"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that
will be revealed in us. For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of
God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice,
but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be
liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory
of the children of God."

Romans 8:18-21

Does this mean individual creatures will be resurrected? I don't know. The word "creation"
in the Greek, can also be translated as "creature." It is unclear. I cannot trust the opinion
of a pastor or anyone else, whether positive, or negative - because they are not God.
But I know Who I can trust - Jesus. He is different, and His heart has a love stronger than
any shallow human being. We can let this question rest in His love.

I hope these verses give you a clearer picture of the character of God.
DN2 - Entering The Sanctuary: An Israelite boy enters the Sanctuary.
DN3 - A Terrible Requirement: The directors of the project wanted
a close-up shot of the boy, to show this was a lamb that he loved deeply.
DN4 - Substitution For Transgression: They wanted the Ten Commandments
to be shown here above the altar, to show why the lamb had to die. Sin is the
transgression of God's moral law.
DN5 - Sins Transferred To The Innocent: The boy here confesses his sins,
which are symbolically transferred to the innocent lamb. Of course, the lamb
really symbolizes Jesus Christ.
DN6 - Blood Of The Lamb: The lamb would bleed to death, and his blood
would be taken into the Sanctuary.
DN7 - Sins Transferred To The Sanctuary: The high priest
would sprinkle the blood of the lamb in front of the Most Holy Place,
symbolically transferring the sins of all Israel to the Sanctuary.
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Glory to God only.
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A-T-I-N-A Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your art style is breath taking! Stunning lighting!
Dinahmite64 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 10, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I just read your whole description, and I agree. :) Man has, from the very beginning, brought suffering to not only himself, but the Lord and the sweet little animals. as well.

Personally, I am not a vegan, but I do love animals. I have a pet cat at home named Buddy, and he's just the sweetest thing ever! ~ :love: And very often, I love to spend time in the park, feeding the Squirrels and Pigeons. ;)

Personally, I think that God does have other plans for the animals after they die; especially the ones humans torture. Why? Because He created them, too. ;) Also, animals don't sin (leave the Serpent out of this; he's irrelevant for this point) they just do what's in their instincts. Honestly, they deserve paradise more than humans do.

Also, some people say that it's wrong to have pets, but my logic is; "Well, all the animals were originally Adam and Eve's pets before the world was cursed, so maybe it's a throwback to the happier times, the fact that we can domesticate them?" :)

Anyways, great art! :D It must have been hard for you to draw, so great job going through with it, anyways! :D
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Wow! Thank you so much Dinahmite!! I agree with you completely..
I long for that day too when ALL of the animals will be our pets once again!
Agree with you on keeping pets.. They're so much fun, and make life happier..
(Of course, as long as people do their research and make sure they know what they're doing in meeting the species' needs and keeping good hygiene.)

I have a tiny yearling turtle, called a "spotted turtle" and she's the sweetest, spunkiest, gluttonous, little rascal ever...
Never imagined that a turtle could have personality... but goodness.. she's a character!
The interesting thing is, when I first got her, she was terrified of my presence.. and would dash madly underwater to hide somewhere..
Now, she comes barreling out of the shadows of her aquarium with big, bright eyes, and begs for food...
I can't eat my own food next to her tank, without her going all crazy..

Lol.. I think God had just that intention when making animals... just a lot of innocence and sweetness packed into them.
In a sense, maybe they express some of the love of God?.. One can earn the trust of an animal through unconditional love.. and they give it back!
Dinahmite64 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps so! :D Yes, and you can even see animals demonstrating how people should act. xD I think God shows signs through them, as well. :)

For example, I actually heard a story of a Crow taking care of a partially-blind Kitten. :O How weird is that? Let science try and explain that one. xD

And, your Turtle sounds adorable! :3
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Exactly.. they're wired to show affection.. it's amazing to see them putting aside their natural self-preservation, and showing affection to a different species, sometimes at their own risk..

Lol, sorry the story of the turtle was sort of random.. but here, since i told that story of her, it's worth seeing her food begging face.. it's just.. very silly:…
Lol... anyways, thanks for your thoughts !
Dinahmite64 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
well, the link doesn't work. :/
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Dinahmite64 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So funny! XD
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Sorry if this was random! Thanks for your thoughts on animals.
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Kenny-boy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2016
Wow this is beautiful, great job!
Just-Call-Me-J Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2016  Hobbyist
This was very insightful. Just another thing to add to my studies! :D
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome! Glad you found it of use!! :hug: God bless!
Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
I really, really like the way you put this!  You have managed to make sense of WHY the sacrificial system of the Old Testament was necessary.  It was DESIGNED to be tragic in order to remind everyone how sinfulness hurts the innocent especially, and serve as encouragement to constantly strive to inflict no harm of any kind whether it be physical, or ESPECIALLY emotional or spiritual!  Emotional and spiritual pain I've ccome to believe hurts FAR WORSE than physical pain can.
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Edited Mar 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks Patriot1776, it's true that emotional pain can be very bad too. Wasn't it Jesus, who died from the emotional pain of the sins of the world? I think I read somewhere that those who were crucified took, sometimes, days to die. Jesus died in one day, and it appears it was his physical heart that ruptured from the stress... So maybe Jesus died from the mental anguish of our sins, rather than the physical wounds..

(by the way, not sure if you received my message.. I hope you are not angry. It's just time and experiences have taught me this. I used to be very naive, and let everyone use my work - but that can't be the case anymore as this is no longer a hobby, but a full-time job. I hope you understand.)
Patriot1776 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
(I understand.  There would have been only one printing made of them, put in a binder with the picture on one side, and accompanying hymn words to read on another, that each hourly participant of the Prayer Vigil could use, but from what you're saying, yes, still not that good of an idea.  I also think some of the symbolism in some of them would have been harder to understand too.  I haven't yet looked through the free stock images you linked up, as I need to first present my idea to the others I'm working with on Prayer Vigil on whether having stock pictures with the hymnsheets could work or not.)
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Ok! I hope it all works out for you guys! : ) it's good that you're helping them with the activity - those events at church can be very memorable.. I hope you are able to find a good resource that helps communicate the message you want to share :hug:
Thanks so much for having the patience ^^;
timeandmotion Featured By Owner Edited Feb 19, 2016  Professional General Artist
This must have been difficult to work on, knowing what a kindhearted animal lover you are. :'(

I feel like this piece really demonstrates the intent of the sacrificial system. It's not merely about guilt and shame, but compassion. Understanding how our actions hurt others, including the innocent. This is tragic because God does NOT view animals as mindless automatons, but sentient creatures we are supposed to care for in spite of our relationship being harmed by sin. 
Mukimillia Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
This is incredibly well done and equally sad. I can feel the emotion on the young boys face as he has to kill the poor baby lamb. I'm also vegetarian so I can understand...
Your commentary on why God had the sacrificial system was very eye opening. My family and I had similar questions, but my grandma always says "The ways of the Lord are mysterious"

Usted esta muy ungida con el Espiritu! Your artwork is just brilliant, in a way that nurtures my soul... I'm sure others would agree :')
I'm so happy to have stumbled on your dA account. You're an inspiration
The coloring and LIGHTING in this is so crisp, to top it off the lighting of words on the stone slabs--
Fantastic render almost looks 3D but it's definitely a painting!
Lyswen Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Oh, I haven't noticed this one in my inbox.. 

what a heart-felt group of images.. all just so that people would have a beginning notion what devastating consequenses sin really brings. Something so pure and so innocent that had to die for something that wasn't his fault.. I'm sure that the feelings that come up here after seeing these (btw very impressive artworks.. The tone and emotions captured are so breathtaking.. I can't even start to imagine how difficult it must have been to draw something this heavy and dificult.. ), Isn't nearly the amount that must have been felt in heaven after the consequences of sin were so tragically shown trough the sacrifice of Christ.

.. I'm always so shocked when I hear people proclaming that the sacrificial system was "not needed", and that it was copy/pasted from their old culture in Egypt. Some people go even this far to say that that God didn't demand sacrifice, but only allowed it because the people claimed they needed it, after everything they saw other cultures doing. I have heard pastors say that they didn't believe Christ came to atone for our sins, and that He wasn't the "bridge" between God and the people. These same pastors claim that the devil doesn't excist, (or if they do, they speak that written comments about Lucifer were only added in the Bible after the Babylonian exile where the people were introduced to a god of good and a god of evil (so in this context, lucifer has become a god of evil..)), and also that Adam and Eve had to sin, (otherwise life would be to boring), and that Abraham misunderstood God when He gave him the task to sacrifice his son.. (the list goes on and on..

I believe firmly that the sacrificial system + the structure of the tabernacle has been given to the people as a blueprint to understand how deeply sin caused the separation between God and man, but also that God had the plan ready to restore it. That could could be with us, just as Christ is Immanuel: "God with us."

Have you ever seen the blueprint by Ivor Myers? If not, this is a very good study that I can recommend;…
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Edited Feb 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh my goodness Lyswen! That's incredible, and unthinkable
that so-called pastors would claim to "believe" in the Bible, and yet
tear apart the same through such narrow human conceptions...
Incredible. I'm sorry you've heard this kind of thing!

Humans get so proud, they believe they can "put God in a box" and
explain everything through their tiny little "lenses".... How truly pathetic!!
Once they start, there's no stopping. They start doubting absolutely
everything. They doubt Jesus did miracles, then they doubt He resurrected,
they doubt the literal 6-day creation account... soon enough they'll just
be left with the covers of the Bible! Might as well just get out of the church
and stop impeding the flow of those who want to get in!

Thank you for the link to the presentation! I have not seen it, but
will for sure!
Thanks for your thoughts Lyswen!
Lyswen Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2016  Professional Filmographer
Longggg text incoming.. you really don't need to reply to this one if you don't have the time.. 
But I felt that I had the need to write this one down.. Sorry if it's a bit heavy handed.. 

For a seeking youth, this is devastating.. 
If authority-like figures can go around and claiming that the Bible is relative, tell me, why would youth be motivated to have something like "Oh, I need to follow Him?" Certainly in a world were everything is relative? Indeed, there is no reason. If the Bible is susceptible to culture, If miracles are questionable, if the very Word, that was inspired by 1 Spirit, written by so many people,  but yet is held incredibly together as a single minded book, can be denounced as old and definitive, as something that shouldn't define us, then what on earth are we doing? Why is it that we organize church? To have yet another social system were we can prove to each other how high we can climb the social ladder, without facing the responsibilities that actually come with those places? To have an annual benefit for charity work hat can ease the feelings of guilt for yet another year? (since feelings of guilt are worse then actual sin itself?..)

And if you question 1 thing in the Bible, all falls apart..  Indeed for example, the literal 6 day creation. I was visiting the larger, more liberal church in my area last Sabbath. (I'm normally going now to a smaller SDA home church group that is more close to His Word (I'm not sure if I mentioned this already?) The one who held our Sabbathclass is the pastor responsible for our commune. The first question he asked was what the first chapters of Genesis ment. I replied in group that the first chapters of Genesis are like a blueprint showing entirety of the Bible, and how men was supposed to be, fully designed in harmony with God, and how that image got rotten by sin. The pastor then replied: "I'm glad you used "supposed to be" and not "how it was." Genesis isn't a historical book, and you can't use it in an argument when you're debating evolution." Well yeah.. That again was shocking to hear. and as usual, I couldn't respond.. But I mulled over it..
because if you think further,( this was revealed to me by my closest friends) the key element for evolution is dying in itself. small changes slowly view-able trough many many generations that replace the old. So, if you would believe any form of evolution, or even the "inbetween" road, it always comes very sneaky to the conclusion that death existed before sin, while Genesis clearly points out that death is the result of sin, after the creation of every living being. I believe that this is essentially why evolution or "inbetween"-roads are simply not acceptable to believe, if you claim to believe in the Bible.
Because yes, the thoughts that automatically follow, is that death isn't the sole result of sin. Why would there on earth be any need for a sacrificial system? Why did Jesus have to die? If death was just the natural result of life being regenerated/replaced into something new, then Jesus death didn't mean anything special.. 
And as I mentioned above, What we really should face, our sin, trough all Christ has done for us, and telling other people that this is possible, is replaced by a own struggle to use the Bible to replace our guilt with good, limited, beneficent lives in the "here and now", and if there is any room, for (some) others as well. 

Sorry that I sound very bitter.. But this worries and saddens me deeply. things like this can be said and claimed in the church seemingly without any consequence to their adres. The people who did responded against this in the past, were alienated, gossiped about, and eventually left the church because simply nobody listened.. 
Or this...  People who were broken, and truly needed Biblical help, but couldn't find answers or help within the church, thus did left for other churches where help was provided.. Resulting in people who came back, filled with energy, but with the conclusion and idea that the problem lied within the principles of the SDA teachings, and that they must change the church from within, denouncing Sabbath, food-laws, etc, in order to help the people, just as they were helped..
Nowadays I see more and more the trend that you need to prove your worth to speak. The only ones that fully can understand the Bible, are those who can prove it by diploma, or by knowing "the big names" personally, that they understand old Hebrew culture/ language, and that only they can understand the true meaning of God's Word for us. 

.. I have told you about my plans for AFCOE. Well.. I started to announce this news as well in the big church these past 2 weeks. the responses, and so called "concerned warnings", were sometimes even worse then the ones I got from home.. And my home hates everything remotely close to church and God.. The one who holds responsibility for the youth, flat out told me, that Americans tend to be too "Ellen White-y". That he once heard a sermon from the pulpit on Sabbath morning (???), that revealed all the crazy things she must have said, but often were not spoken about by conservative SDA-ers nowadays. That I really must watch out for being changed without fully being aware (like indoctrination or something), and again the statement that the Bible is a book, only to be understood when you comprehend the old Hebrew culture. 
I have received not even one encouragement for my plans, nor received any question about WHY I wanted to follow an evangelisation course. They all were ready with their opinions, bombarding me with their warnings, so there was no need to ask me why. 

It leaves me very emotioned.. the past 6 months were so intense for me personally. A close friend an I did try to talk absolute about Gods' Word, His promises, really trying to motivate the people to go talk about their faith trough outreach activities etc.. We are deeply concerned for these people, also because they are our friends, family..
But most of it, if not all, is met with utter silence.
also the continuous pressure by the people from my home and family, who also don't understand that well why I wanted to go, really has put some weight to my capacity to just.. deal with it all.. 
And I know I shouldn't be emotionally torn up about this.. When working for God, we are comforted with His acceptance, which is enough to keeps us going for an eternity... 
but still.. Sometimes my faith, certainly my trust in Him, needs work.. 

And you know.. it all serves as big reminder that we, on our own, can't do anything.. 
We need to pray, trust and believe that He will work things out, not us.. He holds everything together.. not us.. 

..I really need to leave for AFCOE.. I think that evil has tried it's best these past few months to give me different thoughts about it all.. 
But I need to do this. I know God has called me for this.. So I must try to follow by His strength.. disregarding what anybody says..
It will be my first step in knowing how I can communicate with people about Him. Trough speech, trough written words, trough art..  
I want to be a testimony to my family, to my friends, to the youth.. 

.. And, .. The 3 I mentioned above, (pastor, youth leader, and the one who went searching on different places), are all people I hold incredibly close to my heart. These people have played major roles when I just had returned to church.. (before my depression, and complete turn to Him..) I know that the Spirit has guided me back.. but.. 
I want to help them.. I want to learn how I could tell them all about all the promises, how this is absolute.. I want them to be on the same side,.. Believing in God because He is, and going out to the people, all rooting from that same Spirit.. 
But it is God who has to guide this. There might be things that I don't know about.. Perhaps in conclusion, I'm not fit to help them, and/ or must I do other work first.. 

meanwhile I need to pray.. I can't do this by myself...

I'm going to close here.. to write this all down, was pretty intense.. There is one last comment by you about the women ordination debate, But I'll leave it perhaps for another time.. I completely agree with what you say. also with the second part of your comment. It definitely shows when the people aren't having a personal relationship with Jesus. A church defined by just a social system without any movement for Him, is a church bound to wither and die.. it's already starting. .. Yet our division is more concerned now to not ordain any male pastor, until woman are equally allowed to be ordained. Our division is more concerned to shun those who speak absolute about the Bible.
Certainly after the attacks at our airport by IS, everything that even remotely sounds too absolute or fundamental, even if it's Biblical, is not supposed to be spoken. Altough IS is "simply" a criminal organisation where people have taken a certain "faith" to excuse their criminal actions, it serves even within our churches as a exemple why fundamentalist views about the Bible, will never work.. 
(hehe,.. ok, last comment is replied to as well .. :)

thanks for reading.. and again sorry if it was too heavy handed.. I .. felt moved to share this with you.. 

I so long for Him to come back.. 

We need to hold on to His promises.. x

May God bless you futher in all it is you do :heart: 
DestatiDreamXIII Featured By Owner Edited Feb 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This made me teary eyed to's very powerful. You portrayed the emotions and expressions very well.

I really enjoyed reading your description as well. I too deeply love animals and would wonder about this topic. I feel that Isaiah 1:11-17 help show God's thoughts on the matter a bit, like how the offerings and other forms of worship were only valuable if done from the heart. God didn't want offerings and worship done merely as an obligation, he wanted it done sincerely. So I agree with what you wrote about the matter in the description...sacrifice was a tragic reminder of sin. And if it wasn't done with sincerity or from the heart, then the act would lose it's purpose and God would not like it. What your Dad said on the matter was a wonderful way to put it. 

I do truly believe that God loves all of his creations. He gives humans a higher value of course, but I feel that his love of animals and nature becomes apparent too when we observe them ^^ The way he gifted animals with instincts to know just what they have to do (like when and where to migrate miles and miles away,'s always so wonderous to think of what these little creatures are capable of!), and of course through the fact that he knows of all the fowls in the mountains, has a name for every star, etc...He truly put so much love and care into his creations. The fact that his original perfect world contained no meat-eating, and involved humans and animals co-existing peacefully also shows that He wishes for His creations to not suffer, and to live peacefully. So I really like how you mentioned that we shouldn't blame God for something that is really the responsibility of us sinful humans.
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for this beautiful comment and thoughts,
I'm with you on absolutely everything you said... I'm glad that,
even in this "war zone", we can still see the love of God revealed.
That passage speaks very powerfully too..
I'm glad someday this will all be a thing of the past.
B-Angelo Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful as always!

I too am a HUGE sucker for animals. I want a cat and a dog(a callie if i spelled that right)
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks bro! Pets are awesome : )
They are a lot of work and responsibility, but the reward of keeping
one is very sweet!

What kind of collie? Like a border collie? Or like Lassie :D
I've heard collies are super intelligent!
B-Angelo Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lassie!! I love those dogs!

.....even though i never came near one before...:depressed:
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Aww!! They are gorgeous dogs!!
me neither :( most people probably
haven't seen one in person.. they're probably
kind of rare, but hey! Someday, it's possible! :D
B-Angelo Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heck yeah... im praying for one.
The-Skykian-Archives Featured By Owner Edited Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautifully done.  I'm a Christian and an animal lover, myself, so I can't imagine how hard this must have been for you to illustrate.  You did a wonderful job, though!

And I used to struggle with those same thoughts, too.  However, I've read a few research novels written by fellow animal-loving believers over the years, and they were both comforting and enlightening.  I firmly believe that God loves all his creation and he'd never deliberately cause them harm needlessly.  In "The Message" edition of the Bible, the verse that details how God gave Adam and Eve "dominion" over the animals is translated to "responsibility" instead.  There's also a verse (I forget which editions) where God was so disgusted by the amount of sacrifices being made by a set of people that He called it a holocaust.  There have even been verses that originally talked about both animals and people having souls, but cruel imperfect people took measures to keep that out of english translations.

So yes, I do believe He loves the animals He created and wishes for us to love and protect them, too.  I'm working on a novel right now that touches on these themes a little bit, and I hope I handle the subject well enough for people to still enjoy as a story.
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much Sky-Lily.. and for sharing your experience too!
That is a beautiful rendition of the word.. Absolutely, their "dominion" was
more of a "guardianship" or "responsibility" - and in the context of a world
where death did not exist. Yes! The Bible does call animals "souls," or "nefesh,"
as opposed to vegetation, which has no such word attributed to it.

Best wishes for your project.. it is a delicate subject, but I'm sure God will help
you in your endeavor. I'm glad God cares about "small things", and helps us
dispel distortions about His character.. I'm glad we can trust Him fully!
126ArtSoul Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016   Digital Artist
All I have to say you painted these beautifully and the expression of Moses felt heart felt like it was from your heart. The expression of the lamb as he has to say good bye to Moses was quite a sad moment it reminded me of my brother's dog Bella and how mush she means to both of us. 

You were very brave to make then share these painting despite the fact it was the death of an animal. I hope the powerful message of these images will show how much lamb (the symbol of Jesus) had to sacrifice for our sins. 
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, by the way, sorry I haven't answered your message about
the art trade - will try to come up with something tomorrow
126ArtSoul Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016   Digital Artist
It's alright, its the weekend so you didn't have to worry about too much.
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Edited Feb 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for your kind words Kazuki.. I'm sorry to hear of your brother's dog
Bella. Losing a pet can be deeply saddening. We lost a cat we loved some
years ago.. it's not easy saying goodbye.

Thank you immensely for your thoughts - by the way, I hope my work doesn't
offend you.. (I don't know what your beliefs may be, and I hope the work
doesn't offend people of other faiths, or even of non-faith.) I like sharing my
own faith - but I really hope nobody is offended.

Thank you so much for expressing your sympathy! It means a lot!
126ArtSoul Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016   Digital Artist
My brother's dog Bella isn't dead, I should have been more clear. What I meant to say is we cherish her while she still here. Sorry for the misunderstanding. 

It's somewhat ironic you brought the whole faith thing up. I was thinking about because I don't practice religion of any kind but, I believe anyone can believe in whatever their heart desire. I was playing this scenario in my head (like a weirdo :P) where we had this talk. For some reason you mad I didn't believe in your faith.

I am glad that you aren't mad. However, you do show a deep love for God and Christianity in your work. It's quite an admirable way of showing your faith. 
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Edited Feb 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oops! Sorry, I'm so glad Bella is still with you guys!! :aww: (I read too quickly!)
No, it's ok! I guess I'm kinda apologizing that almost everything on my
gallery has a Christian theme (I guess I shouldn't apologize, I do believe it,
but I wonder if my work is like "off-limits" for most people :() I'm thinking
of coming up with ideas of pieces that are more open to other people too : )
So it can be enjoyed by others too!

Sorry for the misunderstanding ! And thank you so much for your words :hug:
126ArtSoul Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016   Digital Artist
You don't have overhaul your style for the general public but, you should experience outside of your conform zone. On my website I have some work that isn't in my comic's art style:…

I think about like this i have to be like clay I have to conform to the client's vision. You probably already know this since you do my commission work than me. ;) 
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for the idea! I agree completely.
Yeah, the clay comparison fits well.. :D
Looks like you've gotten some commissions from other businesses too!
That's great (to be honest, I'm just getting started with commissions,
I feel kinda inexperienced.)
126ArtSoul Featured By Owner Edited Feb 19, 2016   Digital Artist
I thought you were doing commissions for years, well your high skill level told me that much. 

Not many of the ventures panned out though. Now that you remind me, I am going to take some of those business card ideas to city hall tomorrow.

 I am only as good as I am because I sacrificed my social life. It was a little lonesome though but, I at least had my brother to talk to about art related things.

Eventually I wanted to get my work mainly my comics in the public eye so I started posted in 2011 I think...Well sharing my art has paid off because I made some friends here on DA like a fellow comic artist skykun. I also made a friend on Tapastic (it's a site specialized in comic hosting) that person also is a comic artist. He the guy with his birthday a day ahead of mine, his name is Peacuch. Then finally I met you Sarahi,  fellow art lover and old friend.

I guess that discussion did quite a 180 degree turn. Are their any friends on your social media adventure?
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
(Sorry for the late reply again)
Wow, it sounds like social media has been a big help for you too :) 
It has been for me too. It really does allow for people to make connections.
I did make another friend of DA, but we rarely get to talk. 
About commissions, I just began last year, 2015. Lol.. maybe I shouldn't be
so impatient to improve, since it's only been one year. :/ 
Whatever. I hope you are able to continue your comic and reach those goals
you set! : ) 
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burningpapertigers Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
you create with such passion, I can see how this would have been hard on you and I'm proud of you for trudging through this project even if it hurt, I can't even imagine that. how hard it was. The textures are amazing, the emotion is powerful and the images flow really well together as one piece. very nice work, thank you for sharing it.
ForestHymn Featured By Owner Edited Feb 14, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your kind words... they mean a lot,
thank you so much....

The director who led the project helped a lot with guiding
the progression of the scenes, it helped a lot.
I'm glad he gave a lot of freedom in the styling, though.
Thank you very much for your comment..
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