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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Red (10/01/09)

TITLE: Seeing Red
By Lisa Johnson


Seeing Red

Adam and Eve saw red in the Garden of Eden that day,
When tempted by forbidden fruit, they chose to go astray.

Willing to give his only son, Abraham saw red,
But before the knife touched Isaac, God provided a ram instead.

Spies in Jericho escaped, with the help of Rahab the harlot.
Israel spared those within her house when they saw the cord of scarlet.

King Solomon saw red in the temple walls’ adornment,
A symbol of the sacrifice God would make for sin’s atonement.

Roman soldiers mocked Him when they saw a robe of red,
And placed a crown of thorns upon the precious Savior’s head.

The demons of Hell saw red, and gnashed their teeth and wailed,
When Jesus rose the third day, and against Hell’s gates prevailed.

Our Father, God in Heaven, sees red whene’er He sees us,
For when He looks upon our sin, He sees the blood of Jesus.

And though our sins be scarlet, there’s one thing that we can know,
By the red blood of Christ Jesus, we’ll be washed white as the snow.

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Jason Elliotson10/09/09
Good use of rhyming words here - harlot-scarlet, sees us-Jesus. Love the message and the contrast of red with white in the last stanza.
Mary Alice Bowles10/09/09
Very nice poem..Thank God for the Blood of Jesus..
Jan Ackerson 10/09/09
I agree with the previous commenter about outstanding rhymes...I'm always delighted with an unexpected rhyme. Nice use of the theme word.
c clemons10/09/09
Nice poem a little creative license of scripture however, never a good idea because people tend to believe what they read without checking the source.
Allen Stark10/09/09
Great rhyme. Just not sure I agree with the next to the last stanza when it comes to hermeneutics(interpreting and explaining).
Gerald Shuler 10/15/09
I agree that your rhymes are top notch. But I disagree that you stretched the meaning of bible passages. I enjoyed your poem.
Lisa Johnson10/15/09
I did make one mistake that I noticed after the poem went online-I should have called Isaac the "promised" son...I forgot about Ishmael.
c clemons10/16/09
I think the poem flowed nicely, I only made the comment about "creative license" because the only truth about the seeing red was in the last two stanzas of the poem. If I am wrong please provide scripture that Christ's robe was red.
Lisa Johnson10/16/09
II Chronicles chapter 2 verse 7 refers to the temple adornment ordered by King Solomon to be purple, crimson and blue...crimson which symbolizes sacrifice

Matthew 27:27-29 is where the Roman soldiers were mocking Jesus by placing a robe of scarlet upon Him prior to the crown of thorns...a mockery of the claim that Jesus was the King of the Jews, because scarlet was considered to be a color for royalty

I truly understand, dear c. that you have a heart for the accuracy of the scriptures... I have made a point to go back and read almost every thing you have posted on FW and your love for the Savior is so very evident, and the theological truths you reveal in your entries are so deep... that I can in no way fault you for questioning, and am happy to provide the scripture references that will ease your mind. Love your sister in Christ, Lisa
c clemons10/17/09
Thank you.