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“But what about you?” He asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

~ Matthew 16:15–16


“Upon This Rock I Will
Build My Congregation”

13/14

Oil on linen
24″ × 48″

The title is taken from The Book of Matthew, where Yeshua (Jesus) asks Peter, “Who do you say I am?” Peter answers that He is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Yeshua then declares (in verse 16:18), “Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” In my painting, we see huge surf crashing against the rock; yet the rock stands unchanged, like a fortress. The cormorants symbolize the congregation, or church.

This piece was exhibited at On Location in Malibu 2015 at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.

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Upon This Rock I Will Build My Congregation

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