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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Clothes (11/02/12)

TITLE: Then, Now, and Future
By Clyde Blakely
11/07/12


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The first man, Adam, was made in the image of God
The second Adam, Jesus, was the express image of God

Adam had rule over all creatures
Jesus has rule over all of creation

God blessed man and told him to be fruitful
The Father blessed the Son and made Him fruitful

Seeds and fruit were Adams food
“This is My Body which is broken for you”

Adam – born in Paradise
Jesus made Paradise

God breathed into man the breath of life
Jesus in the breath of life

Man became a living being
Jesus is the life

Man ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
Jesus is the Tree of Life

A river ran through paradise
Jesus gives living water

Not good for man to be alone – wife taken from Adam’s side
His side pierced for us, the church, the bride of Christ

Wife formed from Adam during deep sleep
After three days Jesus rose to for His bride

Eve presented to Adam by God
Church presented during marriage feast of Lamb

Serpent tempted Eve, man fell
Serpent tempted Jesus, serpent fell

Adam followed wife’s disobedience
Jesus leading wife to obedience

Adam disobeyed God willingly’
Jesus obeyed God willingly

Eyes open to evil
Heart opened to good

Shekinah glory gone, naked
Now clothed in righteousness

Hid from God
Seeks God with all his heart

Afraid
Loved

Deceived
Accepts responsibility

Blamed other for sins
Confesses failures

Enmity between woman and serpent
Enmity between church and serpent

Serpent crawls on belly’
Man walks with God

Husband to rule over wife
Husband to rule with wife

Thorns and thistle
Worn as crown

Ground unproductive
Fields white for harvest

Return to dust of ground
New bodies, no death

Garments from bloody sacrifices
Blood washes white as snow

Tree of life forbidden
Partakes freely of tree of life

Drove from paradise wearing animal skins
Returns from paradise in white robes


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 11/08/12
This is a clever paradox. I figured many people would tackle Adam and Eve this week but you did it in a fresh POV and it was a delight to read. I think the judging criterion of creativity will do well with this poem.

I do wonder if it was a tad off topic. I know near the end you brought the topic in more, but what you want to try to do is have the reader be able to guess the topic if she didn't know what it was. You weren't totally off base but in my opinion, out of all the criteria the judges use, I think it will score lower on topic than say the beginning or the message.

You did have a great start and I was instantly intrigued and eager to see where this piece was headed. The message is a timeless one--Jesus has saved us, if we ask him into our hearts. How awesome is that? :)
Noel Mitaxa 11/08/12
Very clever contrasting couplets, though a few minor typos tampered with the thought-flow. You took some time to build up to the topic, but it came through strongly at the close.
Llewelyn Stevenson 11/09/12
Perhaps if you started with your ending paradox the title would have fit perfectly and the message flow... but then that's my point of view. Well done.
Randy Foncree11/11/12
I loved your contrasts here...God bless and keep honing your writing skills...