From Strong Supplanter To Limping Prince

When he was strong he plotted
Beginning from his mother’s belly
Snatching first place was second nature
Winning was game-unfairly
If needed he would drag the heel
Trip others and slip like an eel

He gave his father the slip
When old and blind he spooked
Him with fake hairy fur
To think he was favoured Esau
He scooped his father’s blessing
Leaving his elder to rue the lesson

A great lesson it was
For trifling meat in scorching heat
Esau sold his birthright to Jacob
And for pottage messed his heritage

Twice denied and deprived
Esau began to hunt for his prey
But the Supplanter is more attuned to flight
Than an honest bare-knucled fight
So he fled to his mother’s land

There he flourished too
A servant that became greater
In all respects than his master
Contriving to thrive by sleight of stick

His flock was great and stock greater
But reckoning was drawing near
A danger that no art could neuter
There was lurking-an angry brother

As Jacob went on his merry way
He was told the news-the scorned
Was bearing the rod of vengeance
Easu was hunting with sunburned
Hate-simmering for an explosive chance

Strength in the conjuring arts
Useless in realm of martial arts
Was all he had to face the foe
Collision would be one-sided woe

Then he met the Angel
And wrestled all night
To settle the question for the ages
He held one till he was blessed
Transformed to one of the sages

The Angel touched his thigh
The sinew shrank
Producing a limping limb
He changed Jacob’s rank
Made him a Prince with God
Israel the elect of the Lord

If you had seen a sleep-deprived man
Wearily limping after dawn
The doppelganger of an astute supplanter
Would you have thought him stronger
Or weaker for the encounter?

But the limping man was greater
Than anything the shrewd and strong
Ever was-no earthly prince
Could stand before him
Out of weakness he became strong

 

God’s First Command Is Always Right

Balaam was a true prophet
Who knew the ways of God
One day Moab’s king beckoned
And asked to know God’s word
About an itinerant people swarming
His borders – fearing swamping
Balaam consulted the Lord
Who told him to bless not curse
The rabble were a chosen people
Abraham seed and favoured thus
Balak the king was disappointed
He hoped Balaam would use the Spirit
To pronounce destruction on the few
He sent messengers of a greater hue
With better promises of reward
If only Balaam would be froward
Balaam consulted God again
Had God spoken at first in vain?
God changed his mind-asked him to go
With the emissaries of the dubious king
Second command was not His perfect will
For Balaam’s obedient ass soon stood still
Seeing a shining angel with a sword
Blocking off the path of a greedy prophet
Who for reward wanted God to change
His Word for the benefit of his surfeit
God’s first command is always right
To resist that is to prepare for a fight

Importance Of Revelation – Korah et al vs Moses

God in His wisdom chose Moses to be the leader of the Exodus. He was consistent with His Word. For the Word comes to the prophet.

Korah, Dathan and Abiram had other ideas. They challenged Moses. Surely he was not the only holy man. All the congregation of Israel (Israel was the church in the wilderness) were holy.

This was true. For all of Israel was under the blood of the atonement. The lamb/heifer/bullock died for them.

But the same God that provided an atonement also specified a prophet-leader. To reject that under any guise was to reject the leadership of God in that age.

Korah et al, discovered the consequence when the ground opened and they and their entire families (followers) were buried alive never to be seen again.

Those who hide under the umbrella of the Atonement and reject the Word-prophet, will find themselves soon buried in the earth’s bowels.

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

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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