The Passover – The Gospel while standing on one foot

Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham

The Biblical concept of hester panim הסתר פנים (‘hiding of the Face’) is common knowledge in Judaism.*  

It is the condition of humanity that leads to doubting the very existence of G-d. ‘Face’ in Hebrew (panim) is not the same as the English, which is the exterior, as in the face of a building, whereas panim is the root of the word panima and bifanim: interior/inside. It is also the word for ‘presence,’ as in bou lifanav (come into his presence). 

The life’s work of the Messiah is to remove the blinding fog of our sin (khet, meaning to aim in the wrong direction and miss the target) that we may return again and enter into the presence of G-d, and to know Him as a friend knows a friend. 

The Passover is the Lamb, who said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Artwork by Elhanan ben-Avraham

*In the Book of Deuteronomy 31:17: “Then My anger will be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them and hide My face from them, and they shall be consumed.”

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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 five illustrated books of poetry, painted two large Biblical murals in public buildings in Jerusalem, and most recently produced THE JERUSALEM ILLUSTRATED BIBLE, among many other works. He and his wife live in a quiet village in the Mountains of Judah.