The Angel with the Lamp was painted by Viktor Vasnetsov. He was famous for mythological and almost fairy tale like paintings. He worked in Paris and painted in a cathedral in Kiev. Two of his sons were artists as well. I particularly love the angel’s expression, head down and eyes upward.
She is holding a small lamp on front of her. It was done in 1896. Is she guiding us through life, the night or even the Psalms? It is a great representation and reminder of how He lights our way, with His word, angels and the most importantly the guidance of His precious Spirit.
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105
And of course, we are to keep our lamps or spirits lit or filled with His Spirit. We must not let our oil run out as we study and obey His word and do His will.
The lamp is also mentioned in Proverbs, and we can hear, learn and increase in wisdom. 1:5
For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life. Proverbs 6:23
The human spirit is the lamp of the LORD that sheds light on one’s inmost being. Proverbs 20:27
We are using the NIV, lamp is also translated as candle, the Hebrew word is ner. Have you ever seen those tiny clay lamps? Not really a lot of light, so there was need of a lot of oil.
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. Proverbs 31:18
That Proverbs 31 is real, she puts her hope in God, and even if it take s a lot of oil for the light to not go out whereas she relied on olive oil or else it would have really been dark at night, we have a constant supply of His Spirit.