Annie Teng
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Acrylic on canvas

35 cm by 45cm

The pomegranate is significant in Jewish tradition. In the bible, it was carved into the pillars of King Solomon's temple, and sewn into the hems of the high priest's garments. The Jewish people traditionally view the pomegranate as symbolic of righteousness and fruitfulness, because it is believed that each fruit holds 613 seeds corresponding to the 613 mitzvot or commandments of the Torah.

The pomegranate and it's crown has been turned upside down. 613 in reverse is 316... John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." God has reversed the law with love. As read in the Song of Solomon, pomegranates are also a symbol of holy love, passion and fruitfulness. The open red pomegranate resembles a beautiful open heart rich with the fullness of love. The blood of Jesus is being poured out from His pierced heart over Israel. 

The artist believes that followers of Christ need to pray for Israel and for them to be saved by Jesus's finished work on the cross.

"Pray for peace in Jerusalem, may all who love this city prosper" Psalm 122:6