Malachi: End Foreshadowing Beginning

Malachi was the last of the prophets before John
After him the era of law and testimony was done
But it was four hundred years before the new begun

He spoke of the elective love of God for Israel
Which they doubted-thinking of absent blessings
Doubt not, Malachi said, look around and about
From Esau’s Edomite children learn some lessons
For while the light of love shone on Jacob’s seed
The ruin of perdition awaited Edomite vile weed

God’s love is manifested by mercy’s dewdrops
Not in indices of success or abacus of affluence
If to you the arm of the Lord is clearly revealed
You are at mercy and truth’s blessed confluence
If the Bible to you is not a book of arguable parables
Be elated you are elected, do not ape the rejected

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Jonah

 

Jonah received instructions from God
He was to liberate Nineveh with the Word
In Jonah’s opinion, that was bad unction
Why offer clemency to those who seek no mercy?

Jonah ran from the presence of the Lord
Which is as absurd as falling on your sword
Before you condemn him or make it seem
Preposterous, see the evidence against us

For we all shirk difficult truths in the Word
And in life’s decisions reject God’s perfect will
Because it points to thorny paths not waters still
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Snippets: Micah, Habakkuk & Zechariah

Micah spoke of the eternal world order
With the New Jerusalem as the capital
Of unarmed nations without a bother
All bringing tribute-righteous osmosis
To a pyramid shaped city on mount Zion
Whose builder is worthier than Moses

He wrote of a Bethlehem-born ruler
Who will deliver Israel from Assyria
In her time of siege and travail
Through Him, peace will prevail
He shall the redeemed remnant hail

Habakkuk teaches us to ably watch
Not the weather or the election
Neither our aspiration or inclination
But the scroll of prophecy unfolding
Slowly, till time’s final consummation
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Snippets: Hosea, Joel & Amos

 

All scripture is given by inspiration and so contains instruction
That may help on this pilgrimage of eternal salvation
And a sip from these little known vessels equals edification

We begin with Hosea whose life portrayed Israel’s whoredom
She was unfaithful to God who loved and bought her
So the prophet married one of easy virtue, nay two
A prophet and his message are one – in flesh and bone

Yet Hosea left a prophecy of return and redemption
Israel will be afflicted of God for two days for their evil ways
On the third day, there would be a dawning of revival rays

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