Mission To Damascus

It was a scorching day for a long march
Men and horses bristling with purpose
Bound to the Damascus to bind believers
Soon the sights of the city were close
Saul had been brewing his drink of indignation
The Christians would swallow its dregs
He would hound them in every Gentile nation
This hunting mission was scuttled by a vision
A Light from heaven-familiar to the scholar
For Saul correctly addressed Him as the Lord
Same Light that appeared while Moses trod
As he learnt under Gammaliel’s pedantic rod
Saul identified Him-but was soon mystified
For the Voice called Himself Jesus
Proving that He led Israel in the wilderness
Now a trembling Saul prostrate before Christ
Realized the vindication of the Messiah
For the Sacred Light of Judaism’s text
Illuminated a profound and singular fact
Same Jehovah of the Old Testament
Is the Jesus Christ of the New Testament
Saul fell doubting and arose believing
That Jehovah was in Christ Jesus reconciling
Christ was the entire Godhead-so no dividing

A Man Of Tarsus

Who was this noble man from Tarsus?
Who made Christianity a Gentile force?
This man from now-modern Turkey
Turned over more souls than the Turnkey
Peter, who acknowledged his anointing
And said he wrote mysteries that were edifying
To the elect and destroying to the doubting
This man born in the Jewish Diaspora
Fitting start for a Gospel Adventurer
A Roman citizen born in this free city
Meant he had a pass to an empire writ
Large, to preach where Christ was never named
This background meant he could tease
Greeks with their poets and use their metaphors
To send their logic sprawling on all fours
Yet he had not yet known what he would suffer
As yet he was chasing, harrying and going after
Christians with the threat of untimely death
And spells of being bound in prison
Till he saw the Light that came in midday stealth
And became a prisoner with chains of love
Still bearing letters-only missives from above

To Be Like Others

In the yore-laden days of old
Israel was led by prophets bold
Divine mouthpieces they were
The Word came to them crisply clear
These prophets had only one rule
God’s will was their governing tool
Israel was deeply unhappy with this
Being ruled by Divine Decree was not bliss
Neighbours were better-heathen kings wiser
With their smart kings and cunning courtiers
So began the murmuring campaign of doubters
To depose Samuel the prophet and be like others
Samuel wept on the altar of his integrity
For he had led and directed with gravity
God said it was Him Israel had rejected
Could they not see He was their King
With Samuel acting as His life Regent?
What a reason to dethrone God for?
And spark a revolution against His authority
Emulation’s vice overthrew God’s Viceroy
For the trifle of aping other nations
Church means called out from the World
Copying heathen proves you are not called
Be not conformed to carnal uniformity
Follow Him that separated Light from darkness
And you will be part of the Word-Bride Unity

Bread On Different Levels

When the Syro-Phoenician sought healing
Jesus let her know with whom He was dealing
The children’s bread was not for dogs
Did He have no feeling or what was His meaning?
Still He said-lest Gentiles begin to dread
That He had other sheep from a different fold
Roaming in the wild and suffering in the cold
Murky waters of sin-they too must meet Him
The Shepherd of souls and be led and fed
With this same Bread that the children rejected
Pushed away from the fleshy tables of their heart
It fell to the Gentiles-those chosen to play the part
Same Word preached and offered to Jew first
Once rejected became the object of Gentile zest
Tables turned topsy-turvy and gravel became gravy
The wayside became the upside and right side
The wild wayfarers became Spirit Dwellers
Tis Soul Food served to the elect on a different level

You Must Answer Pilate’s Question

On the day Christ was brought before Pilate
He asked a question to which we may all relate
‘What shall I do with Jesus called the Christ’?
Two options – acceptance of salvation or rejection
Which would finally culminate in His crucifixion
He asked the Jews this question and took the decision
To take a chance on the path of least resistance
He chose political popularity over obvious veracity
Then washed his hands and washed furiously again
To no avail for his own decision must prevail
His own final solution to the Jesus-Messiah question
Same question lands hot and steaming on our plate
We may prevaricate but cannot perpetually hesitate
Pilate had to decide during the Jewish Passover
We too must ere life passes and our day is over
Jesus the Word is before us and the question rings
Like bells of ticking time to men in every clime
What then shall you do with Jesus called Christ?

An Unleavened Passover

In Israel’s land of bondage and pilgrimage
God asked Israel to keep the feast of Passover
They were enjoined to do so from age to age
Offer a lamb and afterwards eat bread without leaven
No yeast in oral orifice till seven days after the sacrifice
Any one who dared to eat leavened bread
That soul would surely be eternally separated
From this kingdom to face judgement’s dread
Paul says Christ is our own Blessed Paschal Lamb
Accepting and applying His blood is death-defying
We are preserved from death that strikes by stealth
He Sacrificed at the beginning of the Gentile week
For seven dispensations of time after His passover
Israel of the New Covenant must eat His Bread-Word
Seven Church ages without the leaven of worldly creeds
As of old, the bold man who eats leavened bread
Who taints the feast with doctrinal dilution of yeast
In any of these solemn seven Gentile dispensations
Becomes a spiritual cadaver for defiling the Passover

Look At The Antidote

When Moses lifted up the brass serpent
It was a sign for all of Israel to repent
They had murmured for the perils of the way
God’s wrath sent fiery serpents to them that day
In pain and distress they cried out for forgiveness
God’s simple solution was ‘look’ – no more or less
Those that looked at the pole serpent became whole
Now we must ignore pain’s strain to look at this
The serpent represented sin judged – in Genesis
Now Brazen – sin had come under the Divine Altar
Judged sin, divinely extirpated frees the sin-sufferer
The Son of Man was lifted up like the brass serpent
He took the Divine judgement solely upon Himself
He became an ensign-for sins past and perils present
He offers the same remedy to all dying in shame
Dote not on the symptoms but look at the antidote