Saturday, July 29, 2017

VESPER AT THE END OF THE SABBATH: The Statue And The Stone



IF ONLY
We Could
Would
Understand The Difference Between
Protection For All Mankind
AND
Protection For Them That Love God
AND
Protection For Those Called According To
GOD'S Purpose!

This Is Deep Water Fishing
BUT
I Believe
That It Is Backed By Truth
AND
I Propose To Show, Brethren
That It Behooves Us
To The Will Of God
To Be Kindly Disposed!
You Can't, Thereby
In The Battle For Eternal Life
Lose!  

Abraham Isaac Jacob
Chosen
AND 
Called
Provide Examples Of
Willing Obedience
AND
Complete Cooperation
With The Majesty Of Heaven!
In Them Was Not Found The World's Leaven! 

Abraham The Father-Type
Against Nature
BUT
In Faithful Obedience
Gave Up The Only Beloved Son! 

Isaac The Sacrificed Son-Type
Against Nature
BUT
In Faithful Obedience
Willingly Became The Willing Sacrifice
AND 
Jacob The Savior Christ-Type
The Striver With God
For The Mastery
Over Sin And The Fraud
Birthed
Those Who Will Attain The Heavenly Inheritance
Because Of
Graceful Faithfulness
After Perfection
In The Crucible That Tries Each Man
For Enduring Faith! 

Job The Righteous
Saw And Lived Light
BUT
Experienced Night
AND
Gained Insight
AND
Received Enormous Blessing
After Devil-inspired Blight! 

Jonah
Was Called
Was Chosen
BUT
In Fear
Cut And Ran
BUT
Soon Found Out That
Running Couldn't Hide Him
AND
A Whale He Had A Ride In
AND
The Errand As Messager Sent On
He Ended Up Delivering
As Chosen
As Upon Called
Showing Clearly
Doing As You Are Called Upon
From The Very Beginning
Always Leads To A Wise End
AND
Not To Ending Up In Whale Guts
Curled Up In A Frightened Ball!

AND, THEN ...

There Is Baptist John!
The Fore Runner
The Greatest
The Least
Set Apart
Faithful
True
Clean Before God
AND
Asking Christ For A Clue:
Are You The One?!
He Fell Short By A Head!

Jailed
In Herodias' Sights
Baptist John Was A Berry Delicious 
Good
For The Picking
AND
Plucked From The Sight Of Men
By The Evil
Whose Night Was Coming 
Shortly
To The Certain
AND
Sure End!
Great Is His Reward
In The Sight Of His Lord!

Well, You May Ask
What Good Is Faithfulness
If You Are Going To Lose A Whole Head?!

Don't Worry!
God Is Carrying The World
AND
He Sees Man
One And All
AND
He Gets The Final Say!
Okay?!

Then There Is ...

Hadassah
- Called For The Time -
Queen Esther 
AND
Uncle Mordecai 
Chosen
Faithful
Directed
AND 
Protected
By The Covering Hand
Of The Divine!
Haman - Against These 
Obedient Ones
Got .. For His Trouble
His Neck Popped
By His Own Specially Prepared By Malice
Lofty Closed Line!
Trust God! 
Let His Will Be Thine!

Moses, Moses, Moses! 
Who Puts A Defenseless Infant 
In A Basket
On A River
Where Crocodiles Be
AND
Sends It Downstream
Unless You
- Believing The Living Word Sent - 
On The Holy God Leans?!

Though He Lost The Earthly Promised Land
BUT
With Tears 
Prayers
AND
Petitions
Delivered Many To Therein Enter
Saved Is He
AND
Even Now Is
In God's Heaven Seen! 

Shepherd David
Turned King
Who Killed Lion
Bear
AND
Goliath The Giant
AND
In The Lust Of The Flesh
Committed Murder Most Foul
Which Crime Called
For His Death
Was Pulled Up Really Short
BUT
Charged
Convicted
AND
Condemned
- By True Repentance -
Was Gloriously Redeemed
AND
Has The Savior
For His Root
His Branch
AND
Epitomizes
The Grace Of God
The Mercy Of The Lord
AND
The Faithfulness
AND
The Reward Of The Saints
For
Committed Faithfulness To The Eternal God
Which Brings
Its Own Peculiar Reward!
Trust
AND 
Hope Thou In God
When You See The Death Angel!
Jesus Christ Is Your Advance And Rear Guard
AND
Your True Reward!  

Saul Apostle Paul
Of Shipwreck And Viper-Bite Fame
Opposed God First
BUT, THEN
Challenged
Converted
AND
Commissioned
Championed Christ
AND
Was Hounded And Harassed
Tormented
BUT
Unmoved
To The Point That He Called
The Things Of This World Dung
AND
Was
Is
A True Witness To The Truth
That Faithfulness Brings
Eternal Bliss! 

John The Beloved Disciple
The Revelator
Of
Boiled-In-Oil Fame
Exiled On Isle Patmos
Who
- In Vision - 
Saw Glorious Heaven
AND
The Faithful Ones' Grand End
AND
Immortalized This Word
For
The Comfort Of The Saints!
He Is The Only Disciple Apostle
That Died In Peace! 

Now ... 

Compare By Contrast
Nimrod And Noah
Belteshazzar (Prophet Daniel) And King Belshazzar
King Ahab And Prophet Elijah 
Joshua And Judas The Betrayer
King Eglon And Judge Ehud
The Widow Of Zarephath And Queen Jezebel
General Sierra And Simon Peter
Shadrach The Hebrew Worthy
AND
Disobedient King Saul
AND
Take For Your Witness
That There Are More
Than Two Or Three
AND
Accept The Truth For The Ages
That
Our God King Eternal
Is Real
Ready
AND
Revealing
AND
Reveals That His
Is The Only Ship
AND 
His People
Are The People
Under Specific Heavenly Protection
AND
That They Will Safely Sail
To Arrive In Safe Harbor
On The Heavenly Shore!

So ... 

Please Choose Wise Your Banner
AND
Walk Into The Safe Ark's Sure Door!
Jesus Answers Our Questions
AND
Is Himself The Answer
That Is Sure!

Jesus Is At Our Heart's Door
Knocking
AND
He Is The Only Door
Whereby We May Enter
The Gate Of The Eternal City
AND
Eat At The Table
Set
For The Faithful Few
The Christ-Purified Pure! 

In The Life Of Every Man
Is
The Statue
Is
The Stone!

We May Bow Before The Statue
AND
In So Doing
Be Broken By The Stone
AND
Ground Down Like The Chaff
Of The Summer Threshing Floor
AND
Be Blown Away 
Never Again To Be Found
OR
We Can Go To The Stone
The Corner Stone
To Be Consciously By It 
Perfectly Broken
AND
Fashioned
To Purpose
For Service
AND
To Eternally Stand!

In-Service Stones
Are Shielded
AND
Protected
Through 
AND 
In
Never 
FROM
The Strife!

In Service
... For Service
By Service ...
Is Life!


See The Difference! 
Know The Difference!
AND
Wisely Accept ... Willingly
That There Is Always
- For The Faithful -
Going To Be Deliverance
Even If That Deliverance
Is Death
For That Death
Is Mere Sleep
For
The Promise Is Given
That All Shall Not Sleep
BUT

All Who Are In Jesus Christ
Shall ... Be Changed
To Be As He Is
And
We Shall See Him
As He Is! 
This Is Our Bliss!


Don't, Don't, Don't 
Give Christ ... Again
The Judas Kiss!

I Know
You Know
We All Know How The Story Ends
So 
Let's Live Triumphantly
In Our Blood-Purchased Victory
Knowing That There Is Nothing
That Can Make Us Fall Or Fail
As Long As 
We Stand Up
In The Name Of The Holy God!
Don't Waffle In The Wind!

Let Us Valiantly
In The Truth
Endeavor On
By Endurance
For The Faith
With Faith
AND SOON
With The Wings Of Eagle
With The Redeemed Of All Ages
To Heaven
With Christ The King
We Shall Sail!