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 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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His Temple

God was once content to dwell
In tabernacles constructed by man
Yet the design and building plan
Was from Heavenly Wisdom’s fount
For He called Moses to the Holy Mount
And showed him the unalterable pattern

This tabernacle was in no fixed place
But moved along with Israel’s race
All through years of wilderness sojourn
Showing that God’s presence keeps pace
With us in all phases of the journey we face

Then Solomon built Him a house
Again, Divine inspiration united
With human perspiration to build
A residence the Almighty wanted
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Snippets: Hosea, Joel & Amos

 

All scripture is given by inspiration and so contains instruction
That may help on this pilgrimage of eternal salvation
And a sip from these little known vessels equals edification

We begin with Hosea whose life portrayed Israel’s whoredom
She was unfaithful to God who loved and bought her
So the prophet married one of easy virtue, nay two
A prophet and his message are one – in flesh and bone

Yet Hosea left a prophecy of return and redemption
Israel will be afflicted of God for two days for their evil ways
On the third day, there would be a dawning of revival rays

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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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Esther & Mordecai

 

This ode to the Jewish Queen of Persia
Would be faint praise without her uncle’s mention
For he by the tender mercies of filial adoption
Preserved and prepared her for later service to her nation

The Great King Ahasuerus had a quondam Queen
Called Vashti, whose pride made her a has-been
She disregarded the King’s summon-thinking it common
The King was angry that his grace was spurned
So decided to cast away she that had scorned

The church of Laodecia-nominally called Christ’s Bride
Like Vashti of old she should call Him Lord
Yet she routinely ignores the summons of His Word
She is lukewarm; the half-way house of an indifferent spouse
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Elisha

 

One day a man was ploughing with twelve oxen
Little did he know that he was marked and chosen
To continue Elijah’s commission and harvest his portion

God sent the prophet to touch his pupil with his mantle
That was the call, too simple to survive tough analysis
Yet to heed it will precipitate a family crisis

Elisha paused, asked for time to tidy tenuous affairs
Elijah was nonplussed at the confusion he caused
Elisha must decide, he alone would choose his side
Spurred by unction, he decided to immediately shelve
His agrarian plans by killing the yoked oxen-all twelve
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