Saturday, October 20, 2012

A People for a King

The Drama of Scripture cover from

An epic poem based on The Drama of Scripture: 
Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story
By Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W. Goheen

Act 3: The King Chooses Israel: Redemption Initiated
Interlude: A Kingdom Story Waiting for an Ending: 
The Intertestamental Period 
Act 4: The Coming of the King: Redemption Accomplished
Act 5: Spreading the News of the King:
The Mission of the Church
Act 6: The Return of the King: Redemption Completed

Act 3: The King Chooses Israel: Redemption Initiated

A People for a King

The garden gate slammed shut
There appeared a swirling sword of flame
Walling out all of humanity
As they were cast out of the Garden
East of Eden, away from God’s glory

A chosen people for a King
Promise of redemption and rescue
A covenant and a signet ring
An end to the rebellion, God would bring
And a final end to death’s sting

The pride of the people
And their own feeble attempts
Fell short of God’s glory
Offerings were made half-heartedly
Towers were built story after striving story
To reach heaven without God—for one’s own glory

A people for a King
A Nation and a name
Patriarchs, a land, and a promise
His Kingdom He would build
If we believed God

Through one man—the fall
Through one man—a promise
Salvation for one and all
If we believe God . . .
It is counted to us as righteousness
While we fall short God is for us
To restore us and to dwell among us

A people for a King
Paradise to be found
Death will loose its sting
This is what our God will bring
Adoption—we are His
To His covenant we are bound

This is how act three comes to a close—a people for a King
With Israel’s salvation initiated and the love God would bring.

© September 1, 2012, Robbie Pruitt

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