Covenant Trumps Circumstance

When Israel were captives in Egypt
Denied their rights and forced to slave
In back-breaking toils of brick making
They remembered the promise God gave
And cried against the oppressive rulers
Who whip-lashed their burdened backs
Yet added no mortar to ease their tasks
In the midst of such precarious peril
They were still children of the covenant
Though despised and treated ill
After four hundred years in God’s will
Israel had only lost her fellowship
Through exile from the land of promise
The Covenant was not premised on geography
Misery and penury could not annul destiny
Today’s Israel-the elect church takes solace
In her straits she rests on God’s sovereignty

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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

Jannes & Jambres

Jannes and Jambres greatly withstood Moses
Centuries later they earned a dishonourable mention
By Paul in his epistle to the beloved Timothy
‎What did they do to be worthy of such derision?

In the palatial court of the ‎pagan Pharaoh
They were many wise men-versed in the arts
And science of  Egypt-it was not a lonely furrow

Why did Jannes and Jambres easily stand out?
It was the union of wisdom and supernatural might
That made them Pharaoh’s favoured by a shout

Yet with their great learning they failed to see the truth
God’s prophecy unfolding before their eyes
‎Their miraculous magic was their opium-fruit
So they were damned by believing their lies

Moses and Aaron as instructed had shown the sign
The dropped rod became a wriggling serpent
Pharaoh scoffed, he called his greats-he would not resign
To defeat for a mere miracle, an ordinary magical feint

Jannes and Jambres duly produced snakes
Three snakes were seen wriggling and twisting
Suddenly Moses’ snake lunged and swallowed
Once and again which ended all jousting
Aaron picked the serpent ‎and it became a rod hallowed

The false anointing ran dry on reckoning’s day
Their advertised folly had run its course
Moses triumphed for he was in God’s way

This is not merely history but also a prophecy
That Paul affirms in the second book of Timothy
‎Men with great learning and supernatural gifts
Would perform wonders yet reject the truth
Leading away many souls in their delusional drift

What separated Moses from Jannes and Jambres?
It was not the miraculous-to both camps it was superfluous
It was not the learning without discerning
The litmus test was the Promise of the Age
‎The dispensational truth, the turning of the page

Today, gifted theologians abound as prophesied
If they speak not the promised Word for this age
‎Ignore the swelling words and spiritual signs
Seek for the truth and calmly turn the page

A Prophet Like Unto Moses

Moses thus commissioned went to Pharaoh
With his message of Exodus and Jewish liberation
As prophesied, Egypt’s ruler did not budge
For God had destined a time of tribulation
To show His power can cure bondage’s scourge

Plague after plague descended on Egypt
Yet she persisted, energized by stubborn will
And death-seeking defiance, dance of the crypt

Soon there was blood on the Nile
A sudden hail of flies, frogs and locusts
A rain of destruction on livestock
‎ Three days of darkness in the land of the cursed
With light in Hebrew Goshen-still defiance bossed
Till the last plague-death of all first born at dawn

The nation of Israel went on their merry way
With gold and silver jewels their severance pay
‎The Egyptians were eager to retire them early
Only at end of their toils were they treated fairly

The marching band, Canaan-bound ‎soon halted
The path God chose led through the foaming sea
Behind lurked a wistful king leading a racing army
To reclaim the departing whom they had set free

What would Moses do in this siege of pain?
Midst murmuring and tears, God asked him to speak
The waters fled for dread and Israel walked on sea bed
Pursuers followed, hoping to prey on the weak
Moses closed the sea path and predators floated
Bloated bodies ‎that Israel in victory ballads noted

They camped around the bitter waters of Marah
No one could drink in this wasting wilderness
Moses sweetened it, it was God’s tenderness

They fed on manna, heaven-baked angels’ food
When they lusted for meat, He rained birds
‎In this Exodus, God provided all things good

Moses was unlike any other prophet
Not for him the fading dream or clear vision
God spoke to him from lip to ear, direct and clear
‎He was a Divine Law-giver ordained to his nation

When Israel sinned and God threatened destruction
Moses offered himself to die instead of his nation
He felt it was better he perished ‎than all he cherished
God spared Israel and accepted his intercession

Centuries later, Christ the Law-giver of Mount Olives
Died to save His elect nation from Divine wrath
Sparing us in this Exodus, swapping His life for lives

Yet this Moses did not attain object of the Exodus
He only saw the land of promise from afar
Goaded by Israel he struck the water-giving Rock‎ twice
Strike the Rock once, after that, speak for water
Was the instruction he failed to perform to the letter

Christ the Rock was smitten once at Calvary
He was smitten for salvation, sustenance and healing
To drink life-giving water, speak to Him without wavering
‎Crucify Him not again by despising His sacrifice
Lest in this Exodus you perish for unbelief’s vice

Yet this Moses was vindicated in the end
For in Egypt, he bore the reproach of Christ’s message
Centuries later, he stood with glorious visage
With Him for whom he stood, on Mount Transfiguration
Speaking with the Rock as disciples watched in admiration

Moses: The Sign And It’s Message

‎God called his name from the burning bush
Moses was now standing on hallowed ground
Made holy by the descent of the Holy God
Same grounds that Moses trod when grazing around

God had heard the affliction of His people
Woes and wailing for wounds of taskmasters
He had descended to liberate and to topple
Their oppressors-the first anti-Semitic haters

He promised an exodus, an end to the old
And a journey to a new land of milk and honey
Acquisition of ‎huge tracts of land without money

And this was not strange for it was promised
To Abraham, that His seed would suffer
In a strange land for four centuries before God would offer
Succour, liberation and then the jubilation of possession

Moses listened in awe, He realized it was God by His word
He then asked He that spoke in the Bright Flame
What shall I say is your Name?
God replied I AM THAT I AM, tell Israel that I AM

Many centuries later, the God of the burning ‎bush
Incarnated in flesh and told Israel He was the I AM
Abraham saw, unlike Moses they that heard were not calm
They wanted to stone Him-could this pushover be Jehovah?

God gave Moses two signs-his rod turning to a serpent
And his hand becoming leprous after placing in his bosom
If Israel failed to believe the Voice of the first sign
Or the second-judgement ‎would strike without ransom
Bloody recompense for those who won’t tow the line
Israel escaped for she, by choice believed the Voice

What was the Voice of the appearing Sign?
What Message was behind serpent rod and leprous hand?
It was a Scriptural Voice, an exodus by Divine design

Israel could look back and see the promise
She could see the age of fulfillment had come
Her belief was thus based on a spiritual premise

As it was with Moses, any true prophetic wonder or sign
Must herald a revelation promised for that age
Otherwise it’s routine miraculous magic by those who dine
In Pharaoh’s ‎court, a false anointing that comes to naught

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