Royal Messages: The King As Artist
When I entered the park on Sunday, I stepped into Central America. Today, I stepped right into a painting.
I looked up as I entered the park and realized that I was observing an art masterpiece. The lines of trees rose as mountain peaks, each one higher than the line before. A mist covered the lines of trees and the hiking path just in front of them. The scene was a masterpiece by the Ultimate Artist and I was about to step into His painting.
I recalled a description of God as artist in the Talmud (Megillah 14a): “There is no rock (Tzur) as our Lord.” (Samuel I 2:2) There is no artist – tzayaar – like our God. A human being can cut a form on a wall but cannot make breath, a soul, organs or intestines for it. But the Holy One, Blessed is He, fashions forms within forms and gives them breath, a soul, and all the other organs needed for life.
God and human beings do not act the same: The creations of human beings outlive them, but the Holy One, Blessed is He, outlives His creations.”
An artist will examine a finished painting, looking for tiny mistakes, improving each detail, and perfecting his art. God, the Artist, also reviews His masterpieces: “And the Lord saw the light, and it was good.” (Genesis 1:4) He does not need to review and edit as does a human artist. His Will is expressed perfectly. However, the observation adds a new element to His relationship with His creation. He observes His work and allows it the opportunity to express itself. He assigns each detail its unique place in His masterpiece.
This is exactly what happens when God judges His masterpieces on Rosh Hashanah: He observes each detail of creation and each human being, and adds a deeper element of relationship.
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