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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His Manna – Then & Now

The gracious God that brought His people out
From the dark domain of Egyptian drudgery
Did not let them starve though they were without
Farming tools or barns and sans pots or pans

On the way He fed them daily with angels’ food
Such sweet sustenance from supernatural store
It was sufficient for daily intake but not more
Hoarding for greed merely supplied worms’ need
The rotting excess became the doubters’ chore

God is our Source on this exodus to glory
His spiritual manna is allotted to every age
Thus tis no use to stay on yesterday’s page
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His Mercies: A tale of two Journeys

Israel’s exodus from Egypt to the Good Land
Typifies the Church’s march from Earth to Glory
Christ leads consecutive itinerant pilgrim bands
And scripts a similar but happily divergent story

Israel marched under banner of the Pillar of Fire
The Angel who led them in God’s Name was swift
To severely punish any enactments of sinful desire

For the blood of the old covenant was weak and frail
It merely covered sin without the power to remit
It deferred guilt with impaired mercy on wilderness trail
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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