Importance Of Revelation – Cain & Abel

 

Two religious men were called of God to offer a sacrifice. They both did so earnestly. One sacrifice was accepted and the other was rejected.

Abel offered an animal for his sacrifice. Cain, the ultimate vegetarian, offered fruits and vegetables.

Abel’s altar was messy and bloody. Cain’s altar was beautiful and succulent. God chose the ‘dirty’ altar over the ‘clean’ one.

How did Abel know that blood was the essence of the sacrifice? How did he know that without blood, there would be no remission of sins? He knew this by faith – a revelation.

Cain had no revelation. He worshipped God by his mental deduction – which was wrong.

Sincerity and religiosity without a true understanding of the Word is like a well without water or a cloud without rain.

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Successor Intercessor

Some say we need no Intercessor
To stand between a holy God and man
For the Cross cleanses the trangressor
And that is the entirety of salvation’s plan

A look at the Old Testament shadow
Would make such a believer furrow
Brow in consternation for ‎Mosaic pattern
Reveals details in a palette most modern

In the ancient Testament the worshipper
Sacrificed a Lamb – dying in His sinful stead
Sins were covered-from Divine wrath delivered
Still the High Priest entered the holiest once a year
With blood ‎interceding for the people with fear

Now Christ is the Lamb slain for our sacrifice
And past sins have been bleached into remission
Yet He intercedes upon our daily confession
With His Own blood in the holiest of heaven
A High Priest toiling till we are free from leaven

 

 

Saul’s Debacle

Saul fought many battles and for the most part he sought
The will of God at the start lest the military campaign be a dud
Yet he was patently presumptuous-a fact that becomes clear to us
This proved to be his Achilles heel, his spiritual banana peel

Israel was at war with the philistines whose enmity had no remedy
Saul mobilized his forces-plenty footmen but hardly any horses
The troops were to wait in Gilgal for seven days
For then Samuel would arrive and pray for the warriors to thrive
This schedule was agreed with Saul who saw no need to argue

The people waited loyally till the seventh day and began to melt away
Saul fearing desertion decided to usurp Samuel’s function
He would offer sacrifices and prayers to kick start the battle
This he did with relish-till Samuel appeared

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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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Balaam : Balak’s Spiritual Adviser

Balaam was the worthy son of Beor
A prophet who lived in eastern lands
His is a tale of pure means and ends impure
But he loved the Lord, and knew the Word

While Israel sojourned in the wilderness
She was a nation of pilgrims traveling
Wherever the Pillar of Fire was leading
Neighbours dreaded the Divinely led droves
The mighty tread of her feet and hooves

Now Balak was king of the Moabites
The descendants of Lot-cousins
By propinquity and proximity to Israelites
Yet he sought to halt Israel’s march
By a curse to stop the Exodus-dash
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