The Substance Of Hope by Elspeth Young

The Substance Of Hope


{ Anna }
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And there was one Anna, a prophetess...

she was of great age…which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

Luke 2:36-38

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 1:11

The story behind The Substance Of Hope

Anna the prophetess is depicted here seated in the temple.  Her gaze is confident and purposeful because of her faith in the promised Messiah.  The painting depicts her the moment before she sees and recognizes the Savior, brought as an infant to the temple by Mary and Joseph.  Her eyes see with an eye of faith the "substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1).  In his account Luke shows the reader that Anna’s faith and hope was, indeed, substance and power:  She sees the Messiah.  This painting seeks to represent the power of such faith.

Symbolism in The Substance Of Hope

Anna holds several fresh red anemone in her hands.  Scholars believe this species is a likely candidate for the "lilies of the field" mentioned by the Savior in His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:28).  The Savior uses these flowers to remind us of the inner beauty attainable through discipleship, and are likewise included in the painting to represent Anna’s trust in the Lord and His ability to provide for her if she follows Him in faith (Matthew 6:30).

Besides representing a sacrificial offering, the white doves at Anna’s feet also symbolize the Holy Ghost, as described in the Gospel accounts of the Savior’s baptism (see Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, John 1:32).

Anna wears a gold wedding band, symbolizing her marriage as a young woman.  Not only is the ring symbolic, such wedding bands were a common custom among the Hebrews, likely adopted from the Egyptian custom of wearing a ring on the four finger of the left hand because it was believed that a vein connected that finger to the heart.

Bibliography

Cansdale, George. All the Animals of the Bible Lands. Grand Rapids, MI: The Paternoster Press, 1970.

Freeman, James M. Manners and Customs of the Bible. New York: Logos International, 1972.

Hepper, FN. Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Plants: flowers and trees, fruits and vegetables, ecology. Leicester, England: Inter Varsity Press, 1992.

Paine, T. O. Solomon’s Temple. Massachusetts: E. B. Myers & Chandler, 1868.

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