Jephthah – He Did The Right Thing

Jephthah was the son of a harlot who wandered in Gilead
Her many forays resulted in a liaison which birthed a first son
For Jephthah’s father who duly married another later
More sons soon followed, legitimate heirs were born

Soon all sons came of age and inheritance became the rage
The legitimately-born decided to cast out the harlot’s son
Thus dispossessed, discredited and disinherited
Jephthah left them in peace, more truthfully he fled
He might have wondered at this unfortunate turn
On Destiny’s forked road-he was undone for being accidentally born

Yet the relatives of the fugitive would still recant
And embrace him as the leading light and noblest native
Jephthah was not to know, he spent years in isolation
He honed his integrity and courage which later lit the big stage
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Gideon: From Latent Valour to Potent Warrior

One day a man was threshing wheat by a winepress
And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him
The man was Gideon, and he was working in oblivion
He could not raise his head for the oppressor’s dread

Israel had sinned against the God they once adored
So He had removed His protective shield from their borders
And sent the Midianites to ravage their coffers
For seven years Israel toiled to sow, while Midian toyed
With their harvests, carting away their labour’s fruits

Then they cried for deliverance from penury
They remembered they had a mighty God
Who had helped their sword to win many battles
God found a man to use, it seemed like a ruse
For he was hiding for fear of Midianites arriving
Lest he lose his entire harvest to the eastern pests
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Deborah & Barak: The Vision And The Sword

After Joshua and his contemporary elders died
Israel started the cycle of faith and doubt
One day total compliance with God’s holy orders
The next, the impunity to rebel and flout
The commandments they were given from God’s mouth

At one of the low points of the yo-yo cycle
Israel was in rebellion frolicking with neighbouring idols
God was angered and sent an adversary to have them smothered
He was Jabin, King of Canaan and his army chief was Sisera
Together they subdued and oppressed Israel
For twenty years Israel was in panic, pain and hysteria

They cried out in anguish, God could not let them languish
God sent them a deliverer-her name was Deborah
She was a prophetess and judge of civil matters
Her court was beneath the palm tree
Here people obtained succor from injustice for free
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Rahab: She Heard, Believed And Acted

Rahab was a woman who lived by Jericho’s wall
She was a prostitute-it was not her only attribute
Because God had ordained that she would contribute
To Israel’s conquest of Jericho in the Promised Land
And so we will join the writer of Hebrews to pay tribute

While Israel marched through the Red Sea on dry land
The news of the miraculous Exodus spread far and wide
Nations trembled at the approach of this band
A people led by a God who saves with a mighty Hand

Jericho heard the news as it traveled across desert sands
Who were these people, what made God choose them?
Answers could not be found, instead more tales profound
Were told of two Amorite kingdoms destroyed by them
Kings Og and Sihon humiliated by the army of Zion
For daring to oppose the wilderness juggernaut
Yet they had no standing army nor weapons of any sort
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Caleb: Pillar Of Courage

Caleb was the son of Jephunneh of the tribe of Judah
He has little introduction in the books of Moses
But at the end he emerges with the scent of the roses
He was a hero of Israel who stood for the Word
Gallant he was as he put all God’s enemies to the sword

When Israel neared the frontiers of the promised land
God instructed that they send a reconnaissance band
A band of twelve men, one from each tribal ken
They would stealthily enter the land, survey it and report
Whether it was truly blessed as God had promised
Only noble men were chosen, it was a matter of great import

The information gleaned would be useful for the invasion
So the spies had to appraise the people of the land
Were they many or few, did they live in strongholds?
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Joshua: The Warrior-Prophet

Joshua was the great prophet and warrior
That led the children of Israel into the land of favour
Should be no surprise his name means Jehovah-Saviour
Exodus and Possession are two of salvation’s best flavours

The Same God that spoke to Moses met him
Saying “As I was with Moses” promising the same anointing
Will accompany Joshua’s fledging ministry
And that before him all human obstacles would be nothing
God promised him the lifetime feat of never knowing defeat

The route to the land of promise was known
However Jordan loomed before, daunting and unknown
The land was near, but Jordan was in the way

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Joshua: Moses’ Minister

Joshua was the son of Nun, from the tribe of Ephraim
He must have had a humble beginning
Born as many others to slaves in Egypt
A servant first, a leader next, a tale worth reading

Joshua was a loyal, trusted aide of Moses
Not for him the duplicity of two-faced eye service
He was content to be a footman to a great man
And for forty years he was a prophet’s apprentice

When Moses went to the Holy mount to receive
The commandments written by God’s hand on tablets
Aaron, Hur and many of the noble elders waited
Outside the camp where Israel was billeted
Joshua went with Moses to where God gazetted
His laws for Israel, while Joshua stood behind his lord
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Balaam : Balak’s Spiritual Adviser

Balaam was the worthy son of Beor
A prophet who lived in eastern lands
His is a tale of pure means and ends impure
But he loved the Lord, and knew the Word

While Israel sojourned in the wilderness
She was a nation of pilgrims traveling
Wherever the Pillar of Fire was leading
Neighbours dreaded the Divinely led droves
The mighty tread of her feet and hooves

Now Balak was king of the Moabites
The descendants of Lot-cousins
By propinquity and proximity to Israelites
Yet he sought to halt Israel’s march
By a curse to stop the Exodus-dash
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Miriam and Aaron: Prophetic Siblings

Miriam and Aaron were the siblings of Moses
Prophet siblings of a great and mighty prophet
The trio were prophets-God chooses as He pleases
This is predestination’s result not a DNA effect

Miriam was that prophetess who as a young lass
Advised Pharaoh’s daughter to appoint Moses’ mother
As his wet nurse after he was rescued from Nile’s water

Many years later on the shore of another sea
She ‎led the victorious Israelites to sing of deliverance
They basked in the joy of freedom and salvation so free
Future Psalmist learns that a horse is a vain hope for safety
‎In midst of a fiery battle or on life’s peaceful lea

Yet one day she and Aaron spoke evil of Moses
Murmuring about his choice of an Ethiopian wife
‎They mused and groused, should he not marry a Jew?
‎God was vexed at the disregard and the strife
He summoned the trio for a status review

God smote Miriam with leprosy for her fantasy
For she believed she was at par with Moses
Had God not spoken to her and Aaron?
Moses was over the House of Israel-‎anointing has doses
He was the prophet of the age, leader of the exodus
If they had realized this there would no fuss

Aaron too was in the wrong for he pleaded for mercy
He was not the most perfect man to see
But God had chosen him in Egypt to be
A prophet to Moses, who was his god
God spoke to Moses; Aaron re-echoed the Word

It was Aaron that founded the line of Levite priests
‎Being the first high priest of the Mosaic law
Which continued for generations though it had a flaw
The heart of its adherents remained a putrid s‎ore
Animal blood could not kill the desire to sin more

Yet this Aaron was easily swayed by the congregation
‎While Moses waited at the mount for instruction
Murmuring Israel were in devilish insurrection
Where is Moses? They cried for a tangible god
Aaron obliged them with golden calves for worship
A template for the many that walk the way that’s broad

Aaron was the master of the righteous turn
A return to first love ‎before judgment’s dawn
Once a livid Moses descended the mount
Aaron switched sides and was part of the godly count
Others perished, lacking patience, piety or penitence

Miriam and Aaron were greater than all their mistakes
Surely they would be with us behind the pearly gates
‎These scriptures were written for our instruction
If through dark voices, from the path you stray
At first light please return to the narrow way
Return like Aaron before judgement’s hourglass is done
Learn from Miriam and never in baseless rage
C‎hallenge the vindicated Word for the age