By Klaas Schilder
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Dress the garden–– here first of all the spade, a cultural instrument, and later on rubber boots, are not put into our hands, but man's created spirit has to invent them according to time and place and to design and adapt them to the dressing hand and the foot that breaks up and tramples down the soil. ” Dress the garden–– here no introspective moralizing sermons are delivered, but here there is a concrete work- and life-commandment, a highly-spiritual and, consequently, everyday commandment.
His life crumbled. The human mind, confused, erring, sinful, conceited, itself disintegrated in principle, began to practice disintegration, that is to abstract to tear asunder, to set apart and separate. Man ceased to think in a general and widely cosmic way, keeping the parts'' in a proper relation to “the whole” and putting all this under God's feet, but he changed his “catholicizing” interest to a “specializing” that is detailing interest. Details, which one can become enamoured of, were severed from the “whole” in which one must love God.
When the Rabbi of Nazareth was here on earth, Judaism–– just to mention one thing–– was of almost no significance at all as far as the plastic arts were concerned. The background of this frequently observed phenomenon could not have been entirely praiseworthy in His opinion. For more than once it is evident that He was a seer and a prophet. The seer knows what is in man. and the prophet time and again brings it into relation with the rules given in the Scriptures. Therefore His keen eye and His prophetic insight made it clear to Him–– more than it would be possible with us–– that this deficiency was–– at any rate, was also–– the result of a wrong interpretation of the second commandment which the Father of Jesus Christ had given in the Law of the Ten Commandments to His people Israel and to all the nations.
Christ and Culture by Klaas Schilder