The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo Buonarroti | My Critique
People from all over the world have seen this famous visual narrative on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. It is located inside the Vatican Museum in Italy. I myself have taken a snap shot of the image, though it does no justice to the beauty and atmosphere the painting creates.
When I look at this painting of God reaching out to Adam, I see how outstretched God’s arm is. Every muscle on His face is contorted, and the hand is reaching as far as possible to make contact. By contrast, Adam idly lets a limpish hand dangle with apathy in an attitude that seems to say, “if it meets it meets.” I cannot help but see how that reflects the contrasting inclinations of the human heart. God initially intended to walk and talk with His own creation. To commune with them. But then communion was ruptured by Adam and Eve as they chose to act out in independence from God, thus leading to the fall of man.
But by the Grace of God, the story did not have to end there. As generations came and went, God searched for one person in the midst of all creation, one who would understand His heart and be willing to be clasped in His hand. Abraham became that one man as he was willing to follow after the call that God had in his life and leave everything in search of a city whose maker was God. God even paid Abraham the ultimate compliment by calling him “the friend of God.”
That is God’s ultimate desire for humans–to be in perfect union with Him. He made this possible by sending His only Son, Jesus, to bridge the gap between Him and man through His blood; as man, being imperfect, cannot be in union with God, Who is perfect and Holy. I believe that Michelangelo was inspired by God when he painted this illustration. God’s facial expression reads furious love and a longing to be reconciled with His creation. This, I believe, is also the ultimate cry of the human heart.