Ask me what my least favorite word is, and I usually will say, “cruelty.” But, today, it’s “brutality.”
This drawing I did today was done in a fever and an outrage and, as most of my creativity gets done, on the floor (eat your sweet yet tortured heart out, Jackson Pollock). This drawing reminds me of the painting I did a while back, “Sigi’s Whistle,” which contained a blackboard where someone (?) had written in chalk over and over again, “I will not be brutal….”
“I will not be brutal to Timothy.” Don’t worry? That’s something you don’t have to worry about at all, because I do it well enough for the both of us.
“I will be brutal to Timothy.” Why? What did Timothy do? Did he hurt someone? Did he forget to dot an “i” or cross a “t” in his own name, “Timothy?” What exactly did Timothy do or say that would make Timothy want to be so brutal to himself or you to him?
Who knows the answers to these questions? Why are there even these questions? Why are there even these answers?
Timothy is going to list some Bible verses right now that he is hoping will shed light on why we are so brutal to Timothy, why Timothy is so brutal to Timothy, and how we all can just be a little more kinder to Timothy, because then maybe, just maybe, the world can be a little more kinder to all people and all animals.
Timothy is no mouth but all ears and all heart:
Proverbs 14:31 He who oppresses the poor taunts his Maker,
But he who is gracious to the needy honors Him.
Isaiah 10:1-2 Woe to those who enact evil statutes
And to those who constantly record unjust decisions,
So as to deprive the needy of justice
And rob the poor of My people of their rights,
So that widows may be their spoil
And that they may plunder the orphans.
Ezekiel 45:9 Thus says the Lord God, “Enough, you princes of Israel; put away violence and destruction, and practice justice and righteousness. Stop your expropriations from My people,” declares the Lord God.
Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man has regard for the life of his animal,
But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
Isaiah 13:11 Thus I will punish the world for its evil
And the wicked for their iniquity;
I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud
And abase the haughtiness of the ruthless.
Jeremiah 22:3 Thus says the Lord, “Do justice and righteousness, and deliver the one who has been robbed from the power of his oppressor. Also do not mistreat or do violence to the stranger, the orphan, or the widow; and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
Zechariah 7:10 and do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do not devise evil in your hearts against one another.
Psalm 72:4 May he vindicate the afflicted of the people,
Save the children of the needy
And crush the oppressor.
Isaiah 9:4 For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders,
The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian.
Isaiah 25:4-5 For You have been a defense for the helpless,
A defense for the needy in his distress,
A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat;
For the breath of the ruthless
Is like a rain storm against a wall.
Like heat in drought, You subdue the uproar of aliens;
Like heat by the shadow of a cloud, the song of the ruthless is silenced.
Isaiah 29:20 For the ruthless will come to an end and the scorner will be finished, Indeed all who are intent on doing evil will be cut off;