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

Daniel

Israel had sinned and God then binned them in Babylon
Refuseniks that rejected God and were promptly ejected
From the land of promise to a place of pagan promises

Daniel was among the Jewish natives that became restless captives
He was chosen to be schooled as part of the talent that was pooled
The King’s order was to gather the precocious on his side of the border

Daniel though in captivity never forgot the laws of his Deity
Nebuchadnezzar the King, by his signet and ring had instructed
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Jehoshaphat:Godly Compromiser

 

This man was a righteous king of the land of Judah
His life yields valuable lessons of the blessings of heeding

God’s Word and the dangers of meddling and dabbling with the world

 


Jehoshaphat started his reign well-so the Scriptural chronicles tell
He walked in the path of his ancestor David whose heart

Was fixed on the Divine throughout with stout and unflagging loyalty

 


Because he walked with the Word, Jehoshaphat was blessed of the Lord
He had peace on every side for the countries beside made no trouble
Instead they paid tribute with presents and loyal sentiments 
Jehoshaphat built cities, fortifications and institutions

His pomp, power and prestige grew by leaps and bounds

 

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Elijah’s Vindication

Elijah stormed out of the wilderness one sunny day
When Israel had abandoned their God and lost their way
He was the prophet of the day but no one knew his credentials
He belonged to no pool of prophets or school of theology

What makes the study of Elijah so important?
Frequency it is-for God used the Spirit of Elijah five times
In the Scriptures, four already past and one to come in the future
Same Spirit produces same characteristics and nay-saying critics
Each time and so in every land or clime Elijah comes
He is identified by the elect and villified by an unbelieving hordes

Elijah was a rugged man of the wilderness outdoors
From thence he came with a resounding ‘Thus saith the Lord’
For a famine in Israel that would not abate until he gave the Word

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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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Moses: From Prince To Prophet

From the bulrush, Moses went to the palace
Nursed by his mother, the godly Jochebed
Who told him God’s promise-that he was the ace
To deliver Israel and take them to their place

The glorious kingdom that Egypt then ‎was
Led the civilized world ‎in technology and thought
Palaces, treasure cities, sphinxes, all were wrought
Pyramids were so common they counted for naught
Their treatment of the dead was exemplary, not gory
They mummified dead fathers who they once deified

Moses was trained in these arts and then more
God was training His prophet at His enemy’s door
He learnt military skills; killing methods in days of yore
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