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Previous Challenge Entry (EDITOR'S CHOICE)
Topic: Expert (09/05/13)

TITLE: HOW DARE HE?
By Linda Goergen
09/11/13
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How dare he say the things he says!
Righteously—I hold my head high.
Always—I do the proper thing!
Who knows the law better than I?

He? Who mocks us strict Pharisees,
as lovely temples with dry bones?
I have confidence in myself—
thank God—my worthiness atones!

God knows my pedigree—but him?
Who’s he? Who dares to sit and eat
with tax collectors and sinners—
even prostitutes at his feet?

I abstain from what God forbids!
Who can forgive sins except God?
Yet this blaspheming Nazarene—
dares—on our sacred law to trod!

Even my rival Sadducees
are less contemptible than he;
who comes stirring up the masses,
insulting our rites openly!

He says we will strain out a gnat,
but swallow a camel, what hate—
would cause such a man to bring,
obeying God’s law to debate?

I’m a master in Jewish law—
yet he claims insight beyond me!
How dare he say the things he says?
How expert could this Jesus be!

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CD Swanson 09/12/13
Interesting take on the topic and quite creative POV reference.

Nicely done. It held a significant message.

God bless~
Yvonne Blake 09/16/13
Great perspective!
Sadly, there are many "Pharisees" today. May we seek to have a humble heart instead of a self-righteous heart.
Laura Hawbaker 09/17/13
Good job bringing out the contrast between religion and true followers of Christ. Good use of questions to bring out the point rather than statements. Even the title is in question form. Good job.
Verna Cole Mitchell 09/19/13
I loved this! Congratulations on EC.
Mike Newman09/19/13
Nice work Linda, congrats on your EC. This deserved it.
Danielle King 09/20/13
Congratulations on your EC placing Linda. I'm always in awe of your talent and this piece is no exception.
Francy Judge09/22/13
I like the irony--the one who considers himself an expert criticizing the one who is expert of all! Very creative and deserved to win an EC.
Bea Edwards 09/27/13
I could see the Pharisee standing there with a look of disdain on his face reciting your words. Well done and congratulations.