13. Temptation of Jesus
Coiled behind the rock and spewing forth venomous words from its tongue, the serpent who represents
Satan entices Jesus to succumb to his beckoning. Jesus falls to the ground, perhaps in an attitude of
prayer before his Father, as he calls to mind the Scriptures with which to rebuke the Devil. An angel
stands near Christ and stretches forth an arm, reminding us of how God offers us guidance and help in
time of need.
Bostic creates a border that acts as a frame to the detailed landscape environment in which he has envisioned
this scene. The vibrant colors and attention to detail give this piece vibrancy that only a visionary
artist can create.
Luke 4: 1, 2
1Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, 2where
for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he