The Kingdom of God
Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham
“Neither my mistakes nor my sins define who I am, any more than did those of King David” –Elhanan
What exactly is the kingdom of God? Is it the attending of an endless series of affirming conferences on the subject, augmented by loud music to elevate the soul and emotions of the crowds? Is it the listening to teaching recordings throughout the day and praise music throughout the night? Or perhaps it is speaking in tongues for hours on end and listening to questionable prophecies and seeking after supernatural signs and wonders as an end in themselves?
I would contend that it is somewhat other, being the times between all those meetings and events, in the days and hours of our daily lives in the presence of God. It is in being true and honest and decent and faithful and real men and women, human beings in the image of God expressing love in ways that are tangible, and accepting both ourselves and others as humans, not angels who walk three inches above the soil.
It is in manifesting that Kingdom in this world, in the small acts of faithfulness in our work, our families, our friendships. It is a kingdom to be expressed within the stresses and crises of this daily world, to be seen and felt on Earth as in Heaven and not only in Heaven, or in the pews of impeccable doctrine and theology.
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Elhanan ben-Avraham, born in 1945, is a professional artist, poet, writer and father of two, grandfather of four, living in Israel since 1979. He has served in the IDF, taught the Bible internationally, published two illustrated books of poetry, and painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.