Bible Study Resource – Old Testament
Paintings and artworks by Michelangelo, Rembrandt van Rijn, Edwin Long, Orazio Gentileschi, William Hogarth, Nicolas Poussin, Frederick Goodall, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, John Everett Millais
The man who painted the image above was a ‘muscular Christian’: someone who made a great and conscious effort to imbue all aspects of their lives with their strong Christian belief.
Something of this resolute idealism animates “Victory, O Lord’. The painting shows one dramatic moment in the story of Moses. The weary, aged leader promised Joshua that he would stand on a hill with ‘the rod of God’ in his hand, while the battle of Rephidim was fought between the Israelites and the followers of Amalek. Moses watched the battle from the hill, with Aaron and Hur beside him.
’… and it came to pass, when Moes held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side and the other on the other side. … And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people.’ Millais’ painting shows Moses, physically exhausted, but filled with trust in God and determined to ensure victory for the Israelite people.