Honey In The Rock

It is said that the shepherds of Judea

When faced with sickly sheep some
Use the ever present resource around
Looming hills to cure sheep without pills
The hills have curative limestone
Yet sheep are willing to taste bare rock
So the shepherds place syrupy honey
On the rocks and sheep lick with glee
Inadvertently tongue-tasting the rock
And are healed of their maladies
Thus we sheep of the Great Shepherd
Can come to the Rock for succour
His rich promises draw us to Him
The Word transforms our sin-sick souls
O combination of sweetness and Light
Shelter in storm and covert for the weary
The honey is a bait to get you in the gate
If you have tasted that Lord is gracious
You will walk in wholesomeness of new life

 

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Are You On Speaking Terms With The Rock?

While Israel sojourned in the dreary wilderness
They lacked water as they marched through dry land
They asked and received – God of the faithful band
Filled the thirsty throats from a flinty Rock
This Rock was ever present through the journey
Ever merciful, ever bountiful and always on cue
Paul tells us this ambulatory Rock was Christ
Smitten in type in the wilderness, He gushed to bless
O Fountain that saved millions of souls in distress
There He was struck that we be not dumbstruck
There He was smitten that we may never be beaten
He has since been crucified and then glorified
Speaking is the only way of accessing the Fount now
Say your need and make requests on any matter
Be not silent in the weary mode of a wary doubter
Speak to The Rock and He will bring forth His water

A Prophet Like Unto Moses

Moses thus commissioned went to Pharaoh
With his message of Exodus and Jewish liberation
As prophesied, Egypt’s ruler did not budge
For God had destined a time of tribulation
To show His power can cure bondage’s scourge

Plague after plague descended on Egypt
Yet she persisted, energized by stubborn will
And death-seeking defiance, dance of the crypt

Soon there was blood on the Nile
A sudden hail of flies, frogs and locusts
A rain of destruction on livestock
‎ Three days of darkness in the land of the cursed
With light in Hebrew Goshen-still defiance bossed
Till the last plague-death of all first born at dawn

The nation of Israel went on their merry way
With gold and silver jewels their severance pay
‎The Egyptians were eager to retire them early
Only at end of their toils were they treated fairly

The marching band, Canaan-bound ‎soon halted
The path God chose led through the foaming sea
Behind lurked a wistful king leading a racing army
To reclaim the departing whom they had set free

What would Moses do in this siege of pain?
Midst murmuring and tears, God asked him to speak
The waters fled for dread and Israel walked on sea bed
Pursuers followed, hoping to prey on the weak
Moses closed the sea path and predators floated
Bloated bodies ‎that Israel in victory ballads noted

They camped around the bitter waters of Marah
No one could drink in this wasting wilderness
Moses sweetened it, it was God’s tenderness

They fed on manna, heaven-baked angels’ food
When they lusted for meat, He rained birds
‎In this Exodus, God provided all things good

Moses was unlike any other prophet
Not for him the fading dream or clear vision
God spoke to him from lip to ear, direct and clear
‎He was a Divine Law-giver ordained to his nation

When Israel sinned and God threatened destruction
Moses offered himself to die instead of his nation
He felt it was better he perished ‎than all he cherished
God spared Israel and accepted his intercession

Centuries later, Christ the Law-giver of Mount Olives
Died to save His elect nation from Divine wrath
Sparing us in this Exodus, swapping His life for lives

Yet this Moses did not attain object of the Exodus
He only saw the land of promise from afar
Goaded by Israel he struck the water-giving Rock‎ twice
Strike the Rock once, after that, speak for water
Was the instruction he failed to perform to the letter

Christ the Rock was smitten once at Calvary
He was smitten for salvation, sustenance and healing
To drink life-giving water, speak to Him without wavering
‎Crucify Him not again by despising His sacrifice
Lest in this Exodus you perish for unbelief’s vice

Yet this Moses was vindicated in the end
For in Egypt, he bore the reproach of Christ’s message
Centuries later, he stood with glorious visage
With Him for whom he stood, on Mount Transfiguration
Speaking with the Rock as disciples watched in admiration