Samson: Early Promise

The Philistines were terrorizing Israel again
She had forgotten her Lord and He turned His back
To her merciless mistreatment by men with evil intent
Soon mercy returned and the victims went on the attack

The Angel of the Lord appeared to a barren woman
And assured her that she would bear a child of promise
To be the incubator for this strong deliverer
She must avoid vine’s fruit, fine wine and strong drink
And not be so foolish or mean as to eat unclean food

Strict clauses aid worthy causes for the blessed child
Would be consecrated to God’s purpose from the womb
A Nazarene from birth should not be corrupted by earth’s vices
His was to be a life of godly service from cradle to tomb
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Jephthah – He Did The Right Thing

Jephthah was the son of a harlot who wandered in Gilead
Her many forays resulted in a liaison which birthed a first son
For Jephthah’s father who duly married another later
More sons soon followed, legitimate heirs were born

Soon all sons came of age and inheritance became the rage
The legitimately-born decided to cast out the harlot’s son
Thus dispossessed, discredited and disinherited
Jephthah left them in peace, more truthfully he fled
He might have wondered at this unfortunate turn
On Destiny’s forked road-he was undone for being accidentally born

Yet the relatives of the fugitive would still recant
And embrace him as the leading light and noblest native
Jephthah was not to know, he spent years in isolation
He honed his integrity and courage which later lit the big stage
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Deborah & Barak: The Vision And The Sword

After Joshua and his contemporary elders died
Israel started the cycle of faith and doubt
One day total compliance with God’s holy orders
The next, the impunity to rebel and flout
The commandments they were given from God’s mouth

At one of the low points of the yo-yo cycle
Israel was in rebellion frolicking with neighbouring idols
God was angered and sent an adversary to have them smothered
He was Jabin, King of Canaan and his army chief was Sisera
Together they subdued and oppressed Israel
For twenty years Israel was in panic, pain and hysteria

They cried out in anguish, God could not let them languish
God sent them a deliverer-her name was Deborah
She was a prophetess and judge of civil matters
Her court was beneath the palm tree
Here people obtained succor from injustice for free
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