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Topic: Lock (03/06/06)
By Stacey Kitchens
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A lush and fragrant garden
Enveloped in a gentle breeze,
How silently the serpent
Slithers among its lovely trees.
He bids the woman, just a taste-
The fruit to make one wise,
My daughter, now make haste
To enlighten dreamy eyes.
With its flesh still in her mouth
And bitter juice upon her lips,
Decay invades the soul,
The sting of death, its kiss.
Driven from the gardenís safety
Into a dry and barren land,
No communion with the Father,
In all directions, sand.
The gate now draped with hellish chains,
From human presence, sealed.
Only a covering of innocent blood,
Redemptionís plan revealed.
Guarded, stood the Tree of Life
Beyond the eastern wall-
The serpentís head, one day crushed-
On his belly, smoothly crawl.
The Lock set in its place.
A high and lofty mountain,
Mosesí feet- bared on hallowed ground.
The Word of God was given.
Had redemption now been found?
The holy commands of God-
The blood of goats and rams
On stony alters laid.
Laboring with earnest cries
They sought to find their place,
But even in all their righteous acts
Their sin- still not erased.
Impoverished human effort,
Imprisoned in its cave,
Body of death, a sepulcher-
Their righteous acts - a grave.
All the sins of humankind,
How might they ever be removed?
Confined within sinís catacombs
In shadows, stand reproved.
The Lock held firmly in its place.
Suddenly, the Light appearsÖ
What by the law could not be done,
Would find its sole completion
In the perfection of Godís Son.
His perfect blood was spilled
With thorns upon His brow,
The law in Christ fulfilled,
With grateful hearts bow down.
In resurrection power,
Conquering heavenís ancient foe,
Delivered to the serpentís head
The final crushing blow.
The veil now rent in two,
Crimson drops, cancelled debt-
No human could afford.
Sinís binding chains are loosed-
Free the blood-bought child!
The curse of sin wholly broken,
Once for all, Reconciled.
The Lock slides gently open.
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