Here is another piece of response art from Caroline Norris on the book of Hosea.
The idea for this piece came to me in the middle of the sermon about Jonah (sorry Vince). However, I do not think it is unrelated. As illustrated by Jonah’s interaction with the Lord concerning the plant he was given for shade, we, as a people, so quickly feel entitled to the gifts that God bestows upon us.
Throughout Hosea, Gomer is constantly abandoning Hosea in pursuit of her other lovers. She is unable to recognize the source of her provisions and missuses them- “She did not know that it was I who gave the grain, the wine, and the oil, and who lavished on her silver and gold, which they used for Baal.” [Hosea 2:8]
The grape vines are representative of the vineyard of the Lord. Specifically how wine is a symbol for joy – the joy of having a friendship with the Living God. We have access to the king’s vineyard, where there is joy everlasting.
The reaching hand is representative of us, the church, grasping elsewhere to fulfill our desires- ultimately, grasping into empty space. The hand is distorted in order to symbolize our warped perceptions and priorities.
This hand is also a direct juxtaposition of the hand of the Lord reaching out towards us, as illustrated in the piece for the series as a whole. As we are reaching away from Him, He is reaching out towards us.
“But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there.” Hosea 2:14