The Sound of Grace

“Nothing comes from nothing
Nothing ever could
So somewhere in my youth
Or childhood
I must have done something
Something good”

Sound of Music

That may be the sound of music, but it is certainly not the sound of Grace. Grace is the essence of undeserved favour. As it is written – when we were without strength (undeserving) Christ died for the ungodly.

Grace is the sunshine that shines through the rain, the pleasure that seeks through the pain, the glory that overlooks our past shame. If our adulthood blessings are a function of our childhood works then God is not gratuitous, for He owes us a debt for past services.

He owes us a debt truly, but its a debt of judgement. All our previous deeds of morality and self-righteousness count for nothing in His sight. Yet Grace came to the rescue and forgave the debt, and granted us a lease of life. From the doldrums of spiritual bankruptcy, He has given us Capital Favour to thrive with.

So never bother about a dismal past or a chequered history, the acceptance of Grace promises a new story of unfolding glory. Grace is the essence of Something coming from Nothing.

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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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Amram & Jochebed

Israel had come to Egypt for famine’s succour
Joseph’s ascension saved them from rigour
Exile was wonderful, the land was fruitful
Their lovely Goshen promised a golden future

All changed when a new king arose
A pharaoh who knew not Joseph’s deeds
Nor cared for his people and ‎their needs
Not indifference, but the hatred ‎that feeds
Anti-Semitism, seeds of Holocaust’s weeds

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Joseph, A Prototype Of Christ – Coda

The Midianite merchants brought Joseph to Egypt
Being ‎bought by Potiphar, Pharaoh’s officer
He was trusted to ‎administer all of his master
Except the wife, ‎for doing so would be disaster

Potipher’s wife lusted after Joseph and tempted
With secret ‎rewards that would destroy Joseph’s purpose
If he ever that act of disloyal wickedness attempted
Joseph declined and she was shame-facedly morose
Daily she pursued, and daily he doggedly refused

Yet she framed him with evidence of his righteousness
A garment obtained in flight from evil’s appearance
Ironic, yet it was God’s plan not happenstance

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Joseph, A Prototype Of Christ -Prologue

Josep‎h was the penultimate son of Jacob
Preceding by birth only little Benjamin
‎Joseph was the much loved son of his Pop
Sired in old age, to whom he was never mean
His father made him a coat of many colours
Affection manifests in deeds, so do the honours

Joseph had a gift of dreams and interpretation
He dreamed he was the head of the Galaxy
And his siblings and parents bowed in submission
His siblings were piqued-who was he in the hierarchy?
Shall this teenage upstart now claim ‎dominion?

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Jacob: From Pariah To Prince

From Laban his uncle he went
Increased in goods, flock and progeny
Yet around the plains lurked the enemy
Esau whose wrath Rebekah foresaw

Twenty years had not dimmed bitterness
Rage still burned bright like an evil flame
Jacob like a man wanted to play his game
Against an armed band-results would not be same

Jacob divided his flocks and sent them ahead
Would a present pacify patient wrath?
Stored and silently stoked by a peeved brat‎?
Time was scarce, Jacob could do no more than that

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Jacob:Blessed In Exile

Jacob subtly stole his father’s blessing
That was meant for his elder brother
With Rebekah his mother eagerly conniving
They hatched a trick to shame any other

Isaac’s eyes were dim-he could not see
And so feeling his life’s light ebbing
He decided to bestow a blessing
On Esau, his first son-bringer of venison

Jacob posing as a grizzled, hairy hunter
Cunningly obtained his father’s blessing
Isaac, seeing not, felt him during the encounter
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