All Images Copyright of James Mellick
The Art of James Mellick: Pharaoh's Hound
Pharaoh's Hound, 1987
Private Collection, Margo Voltz, Gallup, NM
Cherry, poplar, copper
Moses stepped gingerly over the ground swarming with frogs. He was on his way to a meeting that Pharaoh hastily called concerning this most recent plague. Pharaoh's hound, "Ramses" greeted him at the gate of the palace. Moses took a second look at the dog who was indifferent to several frogs on his back riding him like jockeys on a race horse.
So Moses says to Pharaoh, "Now are you going to let my people go?"
And Pharaoh says, "Hey, these frogs aren't bad, I've developed a taste for frog legs."
Shortly after creating Adam and Eve in His image, God rested on the seventh day. While God was resting, Adam and Eve, set about returning the favor by creating God in their image. The new God was inclusive, genderless, relativistic and permissive.
We hear what we want to hear and see what we want to see. Our pride and arrogance molds God's will into our own expectations. We rationalize and explain away displays of Divine power and guidance while constantly talking reason without listening in silence.
If we don't believe in the Fall from God, then we don't have to believe in Sin, and if we are not personally accountable and not sinners by nature then we are allowed to be victims. When God asks "Who done it?", Adam points to Eve, Eve points to the snake and the snake can't point.
Some people prefer to carry the burden of a grudge, guilt and sin throughout their life. The burden of sin and guilt is like carrying a five pound boil on your back and rather than dealing with it, you rationalize keeping it in some odd form of dependency.