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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Micaiah

Now Micaiah the son of Imlah is a prophet to remember
For his stand was true and brave when sin was the rave
And the consequence of integrity could be an early grave

Syrians had occupied Israelite territory due to a previous defeat
Ahab wanted to recapture it-a legitimate desire for a noble feat
The king of Judah, upright Jehoshaphat agreed it was a right
Use of collective Israelite might to fight for the land of promise

Before battle both kings wanted a sign of Divine inclination
So Ahab summoned his prophets-four hundred clergy
Who without knowing or showing read his premature elegy
‘Go and prosper’ was the chant heralding mortality’s victory
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Jezebel

Jezebel was a princess from the pagan land of Sidon
Probably a priestess as she was the daughter of Baal’s High Priest
In the spirit of a political alliance Israel’s church married Pagan State
After that date, Israel’s fate was sealed-her doom did not come late

Jezebel is more than a woman, it is a spirit at work through the ages
For the Jezebel metaphor pops up in Revelation too
Same spirit is at work in the New Testament church seducing sages

She came into Israel via union of pagan state with the elect people
For Ahab as an Israelite was elect even in his fallen estate
His marriage to Jezebel was a forerunner of the union
The merger of Christian church with pagan State
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Rehoboam’s Folly

Rehoboam was the son of Solomon that lost his kingdom
For his indiscretion marred the succession with rebellion
He inherited a kingdom of twelve tribes which soon shrunk to two
Because of his bravado which he mistook for derring-do

A delegation of the leaders of Israel pledged their loyalty to his royalty
They only had one request-that at their pleading behest
He would reduce the burdens his father had placed on their shoulders
The heavy taxation of Solomon had been borne with great exertion
Would Rehoboam with royal fiat reduce the burden of exaction?

Rehoboam asked for three days to reflect on the ways and means
He at first consulted his father’s advisers who counseled
To lighten the people’s yoke and stoke the fires of loyalty forever
He then made a mistake of asking youthful friends what course to take
They asked him to impose heavier levies and stiffer penalties
King’s take would increase whatever size of bread Israelites bake
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Solomon: Whose Glory Was A Shadow

After David’s death his throne fell to an unlikely heir
Not his eldest son, Adonijah who had the usurper’s air
Adonijah had the ear of many royal advisers who for him plotted
But it was thwarted and to Solomon the throne was bequeathed

 

When the Son of David was born in little, forlorn Bethlehem
He was the unlikely heir to the kingdom of earth and heaven
The great men of the day in many a way
Preferred Caesar and Caiphas-the Adonijahs to the lowly Messiah
Despite apathy the Son of David rode in triumphantly
Foreshadowing His coming kingdom-now looming large

Solomon asked God for wisdom to rule and lead
For the gifts of aggrandisement and avarice he did not plead
He asked not for prosperity or long life which were his needs
God granted his request and did more than his behest
He showered him with more gifts-riches and honour
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Saul’s Ascension

The son of Kish was selected to be the king of Israel
He was to be the first monarch and he towered over the rest
Head and shoulders above in height, a giant from a family slight
In fame and reckoning-for he was only a Benjaminite

Saul’s father lost his asses and sent Saul and servants to find them
For days they travelled through twisting turns and winding ways
And found them not-all their striving was for naught
Then they decided to inquire from the prophet
It was Israel’s custom-the ‘hard to fathom’ was referred
To Samuel, the mighty seer that had the ear of God

God was working on other side of the line too
He told Samuel to expect to see the man to be anointed King
And told him his mission and the tidings he would bring
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