Monday, August 5, 2013
These photographs show the size of the newly discovered paintings attributed to Poussin. Perhaps the two paintings were a commission for Fouquet and were hidden - they were created in a portable size. Christ stated that he was as the sign of Jonah unto his generation: "Show us a sign—then we'll believe you are the Messiah!" That was the challenge the religious leaders of His day issued to Jesus Christ. They wondered if this man was the Messiah, as some were claiming—and they demanded that He prove it! What did He do? He did give them a sign, telling them: "A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah" (Matthew 16:4). Another gospel account records these words of Jesus: "This is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation" (Luke 11:29–30). That sign, if we can identify it, will reveal the Savior of the world." The above painting could be a portrayal of Jonah and the whale.