Advent, Day 1

Serpent by Robert Oddy

Serpent by Robert Oddy

The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,

cursed are you above all livestock

and above all beasts of the field;

on your belly you shall go,

and dust you shall eat

all the days of your life.

I will put enmity between you and the woman,

and between your offspring and her offspring;

he shall bruise your head,

and you shall bruise his heel.”

–Genesis 3:14-15 (ESV)

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The Ten Commandments by Lucas Cranach the Elder

The Ten Commandments by Lucas Cranach the Elder

The Ten Commandments by Lucas Cranach the Elder

“The Ten Commandments” is a wonderful piece of artwork by Reformation artist Lucas Cranach the Elder. Completed in 1516, this painting on wooden panels originally hung in the Wittenberg Rathaus (or Townhall) where all of the townspeople could see them. Now the painting hangs in the refectory hall of Luther’s residence in Wittenberg, Germany. Cranach the Elder had a large studio in Wittenberg and many of his paintings are still on display all over the city.

This was one of my favorite paintings I saw on my 2014 LutherTour trip to Germany. Unfortunately, the lighting in the room was low so I couldn’t get a good picture. However, I found this one in public domain at Wikiart.org. One of my favorite things about this painting was the depiction of demons gleefully prodding the sinners.