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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Wow! (03/11/10)

TITLE: The Passover Lamb
By Beth LaBuff
03/16/10


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There lived near old Jerusalem,
A lad with withered hand—
Despised, rejected by his friends,
An outcast in the land.
Just days before the Festival
The boy was roused from sleep
‘Twas time to choose for Passover,
A lamb from ‘mong their sheep.

“A male lamb, that’s one year old
We’ll choose, but he CANNOT…”
(His father explained carefully)
“Have blemish or a spot.
The task that I’ll entrust to you—
To watch him, let him graze,
Protect, provide, and care for him
Throughout these next few days.”

The perfect lamb— selected for their
Passover that year,
The boy’s responsibility
Required he keep it near.
The next few days the lamb became
A gentle friend, his playmate.
He kept the lamb near while he slept
And close-by while he ate.

The two watched clouds drift ‘cross the sky.
They lay in pastures—green
And rested by a quiet hill
Near waters— still, serene.
Inseparable, the two became,
Content the time to spend,
Not shunned because of withered hand,
The lamb became his friend.

The boy wished things would never change—
This peacefulness— forever.
(Though course was plotted e’en before
God’s fellowship was severed.)
As days passed by, a somberness
Had settled o’er the lad.
The Passover required his lamb,
His countenance grew sad.

The sacrifice of his dear lamb,
The thought gave him a chill.
To take his mind off of his woe
They climbed a grassy hill.
Amazed— for from their vantage point
They saw— Place of the Skull,
Where three men hung on crosses,
Raised high, above them all.

The lamb saw what the boy could not,
A hushed angelic throng,
Who looked down from the shore of heav’n--
A force ten-thousand strong.
Watching, waiting, at-the-ready
In shocked and silenced pall.
To come and rescue from the cross,
If Christ should give the call.

Awed at the sight, the lamb drew near
The cross—a gripping pull.
The breeze whisked drops of falling blood,
It stained his soft white wool.
The lad’s eyes wide, he’d tried to grab
The lamb ‘fore he could stray.
A soldier barked with vulgar lips
“You get that beast away!”

Their eyes transfixed upon the cross,
They withdrew to a valley,
His tears fell on his bloodstained lamb.
They ‘waited death’s finale.
A thought— This Man, where are His friends?
Perhaps he’s just like me
,
He gazed down at his withered hand
Tears made it hard to see.

Then darkness shrouded ‘round the scene,
Both were compelled to look,
Death shadowed hill and valley,
The ground in protest, shook.
The Man cried, “It is finished!”
He breathed, then bowed His head.
“Surely He’s the Son of God!”
The Roman soldier said.

The boy rushed home, informed his Dad
(His countenance was shaken)
About the Man upon the cross,
By God and friends forsaken.
And then told what the soldier said,
The ridicule, the blows.
“They left Him naked on the cross.
They gambled for his clothes.”

‘Twas like a beacon was turned on—
Remembered prophecies—
For our transgressions were His wounds—
Bruised for iniquities.
Isaiah told that He’s be like
A lamb, to slaughter led.
A Man of Sorrows, who knew grief,
And punished in our stead
.

Then Father said, “There’s no need now
To sacrifice your lamb,
A new cov’nant— established,
Sealed by the Great I Am.”
The doom—dispelled from bloodstained lamb
And boy with withered hand,
Christ’s sacrifice placated God,
To save both lad and lamb.

***
For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
I Corinthians 5:7 NIV

Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John 1:29 KJV



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Francy Judge 03/18/10
A beautiful poem. I loved the parallels in the boy's story. It flowed nicely.
Margaret Kearley 03/20/10
This is just wonderful! Such amazing thoughts portrayed so beautifully, like 'The lamb saw what the boy could not, a hushed angelic throng.' I particularly loved the last two verses. Fantastic. Thankyou.
Jackie Wilson03/20/10
This was a lovely poem with a beautiful message. I enjoyed the story of the boy and the lamb, and your creativity in weaving it around the crucifixion.
K.D. Manes 03/20/10
I loved your poem from both the boy's and lamb's perspectives. Great job!
Catrina Bradley 03/21/10
I have no words except - stunning.
Lori Othouse 03/21/10
Wow...beautiful. So, so beautiful. The touching story of the boy and the lamb woven perfectly with the crucifixion. Heart-wrenching, and yet with a victorious ending. Excellent, excellent work.
AnneRene' Capp 03/22/10
Simply...Exquisite.
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/22/10
Wonderfully beautiful--the words and the meaning.
Eliza Evans 03/22/10
This reaches so deep. I want to read it and read it. Just Stunning on so many levels. Thank you for sharing.
william price03/22/10
Excellent visuals and presentation. With all of these great poems this week I should not have ventured into these waters. Very, very, very good! God bless.
Ann Grover03/22/10
Beautiful, as always.
Laury Hubrich 03/22/10
Wow! I knew where you were going but it still made me so excited to know the beloved Lamb/lamb lives!
Marita Thelander 03/22/10
Very good! I love the connection of the "imperfect" lad to the unblemished lamb and then ultimately to the perfect lamb. Very good indeed.
Darren Pettis03/22/10
Simply--WOW!
Carol Slider 03/22/10
Wow, indeed. This gave me chills. So many, many deep truths and emotions here. Masterful, gorgeous writing!
Loren T. Lowery03/23/10
Your poems read like a Blake or Shelly. The timeliness of this poetic story, just before Easter, could not have been better placed. Involved with the theme of this story, I so empathized with both the boy and the lamb. That your words can create these kinds of real emotions testify to not only a great talent, but one truly in touch with God.
Rachel Phelps03/23/10
AMAZING!! Beth, you always blow me away with your poetry.
Charla Diehl 03/25/10
Beth, congratulations on winning with this remarkably, beautifully written piece. I always look for your entries as you are such a gifted poet.
Jackie Wilson03/25/10
Congrats, Beth, on EC placing and Masters! Beautiful work, as always.
Mona Purvis03/25/10
I must comment on the talent and skill it takes to write this. Top drawer.
But, the heart that gives birth to it...I love.
I'm in awe.

Mona
Yvonne Blake 03/25/10
CONGRATULATIONS!
This is breathtakingly beautiful. I love the part of the lamb seeing the angels waiting to be called. This is by far your best poem, Bethy!
Sarah Elisabeth 03/25/10
This was just stunning! I am blown away by your talent. The message packed in this could never be told enough times!
Sarah Elisabeth 03/25/10
Oh and congrats on a well deserved EC!!!
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/25/10
Woo Hoo! You rock! Congratulations, dear Friend!
Noel Mitaxa 03/25/10
Brilliantly presented Beth. I loved the link between the lamb and the Lamb. Congratulations on your placing.
Lori Othouse 03/26/10
I re-read this and was blown away all over again. You have such a gift and this piece is a testament to that. Awesome!
Connie Dixon03/28/10
This is a gorgeous telling of what God did on the cross for you and for me...and for lambs everywhere. Very vivid picture. Congratulations!
Dianne Janak04/03/10
Beth, Congrats once again. I just read the entry and was overcome by it. Truly was a perfect time to reflect and as always you bullseyed it! Thanks for obeying God with His gift that blesses me!
Janice Fitzpatrick04/08/10
Just beautiful! The flow of this poem is like a stream one drinks in with first their eyes then by the handfuls;quenching, so refreshing. I loved the tenderness and beauty of this precious childhood relationship, between boy and lamb. How powerful and what a wow moment! Great job! Congrats.
Troy Manning04/11/10
Very well-written--flowed nicely!
Gary James Smith04/01/11
Excellent written poem Beth. A testimony and spirit filled witness to the gift that God has blessed you with. Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world. You have made it picture perfect in your telling of it. Have a great day!