This mixed media depicts me cutting down a wooden image (idol) in my life using a sword (The Word of God). I used a canvas, card stocked paper, oil paint, paint markers, scissors, pieces of wood and hot glue.
The armor and weapon used in the artwork relates to Ephesians 6:10-20 but the setting corresponds with Judges 6:25.
“Now it came to pass the same night that the LORD said to him, “Take your father’s young bull, the second bull of seven years old, and tear down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the wooden image that is beside it;”
Judges 6:25 NKJV
In this passage God told Gideon to cut down the altar of Baal and the wooden image. Gideon and the rest of Israel were being oppressed by the Midianites, a band of desert marauders taking and destroying everything they had. God told Gideon he would deliver the Midianites into his hand but first he had to tear down the altar of Baal and the wooden image beside it.
The spiritual meaning behind the canvas is this: I am Gideon, the sword is the Word of God, the altar is doubt and the wolf is the wooden image that represents it. Every time God gave me faith to do something, doubt would come and take it away. All my life I thought this way about my talents and gifts God gave me. Instead of living in faith by His Word, I choose to live in doubt. The reason behind doubt was fear and that fear would devour every little bit of faith inside of me…like a wild animal…like a wolf. I was scared to move, scared to believe and like an idol of worship, I devoted myself to this type of thinking. Because of my surroundings I couldn’t really see past the environment I was in, so I never strived to achieve anything. But when I chose to turn my life around and cut myself away from family, friends and devote myself to God, I started to see who I really was and not the person people was telling me to be. Once this revelation became clear, I realized I wasn’t a scared person hiding in a cloak of fear but a mighty warrior of God. Having scripture as armor and His Word as my sword, I began to cut down this altar, this image of doubt in my mind, these thoughts about myself and slowly but surely strive to be successful in Jesus Christ and the ministry He has given me.
Joshua McKoy: Visual/Artist/Painter
Kady Mckoy (Wife): Hot glued all of the pieces to the canvas
Title: The Altar of Doubt
Item: Original work
Artist: Joshua McKoy
Medium: Mix Media
Dimensions: 22 in x 28 in / Standard weight cotton duck
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