Artist Nicora Gangi explores the journey of Rahab in this collage by responding to Matthew 1:5 in the third work of her three-part series: When the Lord Gives Us the Land.
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5 And Salmon begat Booz of Rachab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and Obed begat Jesse;
Matthew 1:5 records Rahab taking her place in a promised lineage that became a prophecy of salvation. The promise was first made to Abraham in Genesis 15: a land, a seed, and a blessing. In 2 Samuel 7, King David was blessed with the promise of a son who would reign in His house forever: “And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever” (v. 16).
While Rahab was initially rescued and brought into the camp, she later numbered amongst those of the nation of Israel and the carrier of king's lineage. She married Salmon—who was of the tribe of Judah—thereby joining the nation of Israel and eventually becoming the great-grandmother of King David.
I imagine she saw The Day of the Lord, the Day of Messiah. Her faith in the Lord was firm. She declares in Joshua 2: “I know that the Lord has given you this land” and “for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” Similarly, in Luke 1:50,54-55, Mary the mother of Jesus declared with joy before Elizabeth: “And His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation….He has helped his servant Israel in remembrance of His mercy as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham, (Issac, Jacob), and to his offspring forever.”
I have used the mountain image in this piece to illustrate the inclusion of all the nations in this kingdom promised to King David in the 2 Samuel passage. Isaiah 2:2-3 expands on the description of this kingdom: “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains …and all the nations shall flow to it.”
I have used the ‘stars’ again to indicate the multitude of people who are streaming to Mount Zion (Isaiah 2:3) and I have included the God of the universe by placing the three orbs near the top of the mount. The circle is an old symbol for eternity and the moons in the background of the mount suggest His rule over ALL the heavens.
Nicora Gangi was educated at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, USA (BFA 1974 and MFA 1976). She was a Professor of Art at Syracuse University for 29 years. Gangi has been awarded many Grand Prize and First Place awards and grants. She has been and continues to be published in numerous artist’s books on pastel paintings. She has lectured regionally and nationally as a visiting artist at universities and artist’s guilds. She is represented by: Edgewood Gallery (Syracuse, NY), and Gangi Studio (Winter Garden, FL).