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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)

TITLE: Ascending To the Sacred Desk
By Jan Ross


Men gathered in the synagogue
A custom of the Jews
The day of Sabbath rest had come
For worshiping Hebrews

Ascending to the sacred desk,
His eyes the room perused
This is My Father’s house, He mused
That one day they’ll abuse.

“A carpenter in Nazareth,
We know his family well.”
“I’ve heard his cousin served as priest.”
“Around the man crowds swell.”

The ancient scroll was handed him,
Isaiah’s text to read.
Acquainted with the truth contained,
For script, He had no need.

He held the ancient oracles,
The treasured, wondrous scrolls;
The Spirit-breathed words in His hands
Spoke life to all men’s souls.

He placed the scrolls upon the desk
And reached for his tallit.
Your Law I love, Your Words are Mine
Now covered head replete.

This humble servant’s finger scanned
The parchment right to left;
A passage He began to read
With excellence and deft.

“The Spirit of the Lord Most High
Has now anointed Me
To preach the good news to the poor,
The broken-hearted heal.

“To preach deliv’rance to those bound,
The bruised grant liberty
To give sight to the blinded eyes
Proclaiming Jubilee.”

A weighty presence filled the room;
All eyes were fixed on Him.
He caref’lly rolled the sacred text
Each movement not a whim.

“Today this scripture is fulfilled”
They marveled at the sight,
Revealing zeal and fervor as
His heart passions ignite.

Men gathered in the synagogue
A custom of the Jews
The day of Sabbath rest had come
For worshiping Hebrews

Behind a sacred desk He stood
The scrolls in holy hands;
And still this day His voice is heard
With pow’r throughout the land.

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Sharlyn Guthrie11/23/07
The ultimate sermon! A unique twist on the topic, and very masterfully done.
Joanne Sher 11/24/07
Powerful - and I love the authentic feel to this. The repetition of the first verse is especially effective.
Dee Yoder 11/25/07
I especially like the repetition at the end, too. Lovely verse with descriptions that paint a wonderful picture of the Lord!
Karen Wilber11/27/07
I love this treatment of the topic and the way you painted such a vivid picture. Well done!
Verna Cole Mitchell 11/27/07
This is one of the best I've read this week--beautifully done.
Kristen Hester11/27/07
I'm very impressed!! Great job.
Beth LaBuff 11/27/07
Beautiful and contains so much truth. Very well written!
Jan Ackerson 11/27/07
Wonderful poetic skills, and the last two lines gave me goose bumps. Love the title, too.
william price11/27/07
Beyond the superb presentation and technical excellence is an anointing that really ministered to me. Your writing is really shining. God bless.
Betty Castleberry11/27/07
This is lovely, and so full of truth. Excellent work.
LauraLee Shaw11/28/07
LOVE your title!!!!!

Your ending made me shiver....

Excellent entry!
Temple Miller11/28/07
Beautiful narrative and craftmanship!
Deborah Engle 11/28/07
I love this. You did a great job with the poem and the story was inspiring.
LaNaye Perkins11/28/07
I loved your poem and it's portrayal of our Lord. Well done!
Loren T. Lowery11/28/07
I felt I was chambered with them in the synagogue, listening, wondering. Such writing as this is truly blessed and blesses those that read it was well.
Sheri Gordon11/29/07
Congratulations on your EC. This is really powerful. Great job.
LauraLee Shaw11/29/07
Congratulations on your E.C. and your "Highly Commended." The Lord was certainly working through this piece!
Sharlyn Guthrie11/29/07
Congratulations! Your powerful poem is certainly most deserving.