graphite“A cry was heard” is the beginning of an ancient prediction.
My watercolor called Rachel Weeping goes along with this drawing. I’ll get to her soon. I need a decent scan first.
“A cry was heard in Ramah—weeping and great mourning. Rachel Weeps for her children, refusing to be comforted, for they are no more.” ~(dead is also a way to translate this word, but I like the poetic sound of that phrase, for such a sad and terrible thing.)
This was an ancient writing by the time Herod took a brutal action in response to “Wise Men” arriving from eastern lands asking for the newborn king of the Jews.
They had seen his star.
Herod searched the predictions in the Jewish writings. Where was the Messiah expected to be born?…Bethlehem.
Herod also double checked with these “Wise Men”, as they are referred to in English translations. He wanted to learn exactly when the star had appeared. They also confirmed the location. The men had followed this star until it led them to Bethlehem, and to the child they were seeking.
Herod’s brutal action fulfilled a prediction that had been written by the Hebrew prophet called Jeremiah.
Herod sent soldiers to kill all the boys in and around Bethlehem who were two years old and under.
This drawing is in memory of all those little baby boys.
And for the one that got away.