Saul Becomes A Brother

Brother Saul” said the astute Ananias
Who was Divinely sent to Straight Street
Where the blinded Saul was led to
There did the erstwhile foes meet and greet
The news had spread in the Christian fold
That Saul was arriving with fury untold
Ananias like others heard and feared
But God turned the script on its head
He appeared to the Ananias in a vision
And told him to pray for the prosecutor
Ananias was aghast-this man came to hound
God insisted-for He had turned Saul around
He that was a bother was now a brother
Who would yet suffer many things for the faith
Ananias prayed and Saul’s eyes were opened
To see the Gospel light on water baptism
Which dimmed the lights of dread and hatred
Then they parted-to meet again at Jesus’ feet

His Veil

This is a tale twice told
That God in times of old
Hid Himself from the eye
Lest man should seek to spy
And after deity-spotting die

Under the old Mosaic covenant
After bringing the elect remnant
He instructed and they constructed
A tabernacle for Him to dwell in

It was a holy tabernacle covered
With an outer layer of animal skin
God skin-veiled, not keen to be seen

But He that was veiled in animal skin
In the Old , imperfect testament
Replaced that with a Perfect screen
In the New, when He under another hue
Hid behind the covering of His Son’s skin

God was veiled in Christ for redemption
Just as He was in Tabernacle of adoration
Christ was His vehicle for reconciliation

Both Testaments had screening veils
One animal skin, the other Human
Look beyond the veil and see Jehovah
A God with skin on Him – a Man

 

 

 

David: The Great King


From Jerusalem, David now reigned and all Israel obeyed
All Israel’s neighbours were conquered,by this great warrior
They brought tribute to him, all strangers submitted without a hoot
So Christ at His coming conquers all-those that oppose shall fall
And all outside New Jerusalem’s gate bring tribute to avoid sorry fate
 
David blessed with peace and victory desired to make history 
He wanted to build a temple for God whose ark dwelled in a humble tent 
This was his true intent and no feint of cunning policy
God halted him for his son would build the sanctuary 
David lost the honour he sought because he fought many wars
And God had decreed the temple would be built by a prince of peace

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Adam

Adam whose first being was a spirit
Created both male and female, dual in nature
Created a son of God with dominion to nurture
An earthly paradise to rule now and in the future

A spirit cannot cultivate the earth
Nor woo it and bring its fruits to birth
Adam shall be a spirit robed in dust
God decides, and unveils His sculpture-bust

While Adam roams his paradise
He may freely enjoy the fruits of all
But not the tree of duplicity and artifice
Not heeding this would cause a free-fall

Loneliness plagues this man
God surgically ends his righteous isolation
Eve appears, a mate for the man, from the man
Happy union of God’s will and man’s aspiration

This scene of glorious, perfect bliss
Is punctuated by Satan’s comma, a yes-but
A minor addendum to the command, a narrow miss
Eve seduced by new promises, is rooted to the spot

The narrow miss becomes a million miles chasm
Eve is lost, the wrath of God will surely descend
Adam knowingly joins in Eve’s sin-a saving mechanism
He stoops in the mire, God’s falling wrath to bend

Into hiding they go, until located by Sovereign Grace
God’s wrath is appeased by the provided propitiation
The Second Adam redeems His wife by becoming Her race
A love-filled tale of redemption by condescension.