- Post 19 May 2012
- Last Updated on 21 May 2012
- By Eferovo Igho
Abraham was third of men that reared tall before God.
Ere he came, Enoch, Noah had stood distinct with the Lord:
These both walked with God, serving their generations so;
Forebears that Abraham, their progeny, could look to.
The fear of God, obedience and life of righteousness,
Love for God, His people and service in holiness:
O the graces summing up the lives this threesome lived!
A life-walk we, like them of same passion, must here live.
And of Abraham, father of our most precious faith;
This charge comes from God to all in the heavenly path:
“Hearken to Me, ye that follow after righteousness,
Ye that seek the Lord: look to the rock whence ye are hewn;
The hole of the pit whence ye are dug: pore and ensue!
Look to Abraham your father; Sarah, that bare you,
For I called him alone, and bless’d him, and increased him”.
With sundry kings, prophets, priests and folks obeying Him!
While Isaac’s obedience points to the Cross and the Lord,
Jacob wrestled and prevailed with the most holy God.
Still, Joseph’s Godly fear, saintly living: unalloyed!
Upright! Perfect! Eschews evil! Job’s portrait by God!
Moses: God’s Word declares the meekest human on earth;
And of David, the chief Psalmist, man after God’s heart;
Yet, of John the Baptist: Friend of the Bridegroom Himself!
What testimonials, examples for all that God serve!
Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, David et al:
O the multitudes that took to the charge after all;
Many that looked unto the rock from whence they were hewn.
Good chips off the old block, they sort after God’s Heaven,
They looked unto Abraham and like him walked with God;
Though under law they feared God, lived holy for the Lord.
Then, John prepared The Way’s way, O great hope inception!
Came therefore the Eternal Rock of our Salvation!
He is God’s Grace that bringeth salvation to all men,
A greater than Abraham from Whom we are all hewn.
God’s Image, Chaste Guide in our walk with the Lord of hosts!
This grace teaches denying ungodliness, worldly lust,
Teaches sobriety, righteousness, godliness likewise;
With no charge to serve our generation otherwise!
Neither lowers the Message can we, nor change the Charge.
But heed these in this world, so be heavenly enlarged.
Still, Grace us charges to look to Christ our Exemplar;
Jesus Christ whom Abraham et al did sought after,
Being Author and Finisher of our most precious faith!
Like John, ‘repentance’ from sin He firmly started with;
And charged seeking the Kingdom, its righteousness always,
Plus clearly teaching between the broad and narrow ways,
Yet, with love counseling walkers with God which to tread!
From His Cross whence all graces flow beckons Christ that Bled.
So, Peter and co left all to obey His bidding,
Hazarded lives Paul and co led scared by no burden:
Many pressing to the price of the calling so high;
Folks first called Christians, Christ-like at Antioch Church, and why?
Not for great possession of the unrighteous mammon,
But for Godly fear, obedience and consecration,
And love for God, His people and holy walk with Him.
For thus they all served their generation and now home.
From Ignatius of Antioch and Polycarp of yore
To Watchman Nee and Oswald J. Smith of yesterday,
The many that holily walked with our Holy God:
Of Wycliffe, Huss, Tyndale, Calvin, Luther, Knox et al,
Of the Bunyans, Baxters, Wesleys, Spurgeons and the rest;
Men that walked with God with holy lives, working their best,
Leaving imprints of a walk with God as safe bequest,
But gone to that sublime land to get their comfort best!
“O walkers with God”, all the past saints us face up to,
“How serves you your age, to whom do you look unto?”
And this query comes from their lofty, sublime height yon;
These who have trod this path before us and heaven gone!
They, the Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles and saints of old,
Beckoning us to swiftly come join their glorious fold;
Yet, a call, to discerning ears, unto steadfastness,
Same unchanging old charge whilst here they trod: holiness!
Re: Generational Walkers With God
It is interesting that although this poem talks about "Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles and saints of old", it but mentions only one woman, and neglects to mention Solomon, who is according to the Talmud of the Jews (though it seems elsewhere that this low number is contested), one of "the 48 male prophets who bequeathed permanent messages to mankind". Also, according to my very brief "google-search" -
"According to the Talmud there were also seven women who are counted as prophets whose message bears relevance for all generations: Sarah, Miriam, Devorah, Hannah (mother of the prophet Samuel), Abigail (a wife of King David), Huldah (from the time of Jeremiah), and Esther". It is also pointed out elsewhere that "Prophets in Judaism are not always Jews, and that Rebecca, Rachel, and Leah were also prophets".
It is good that this poem mentions "The many that holily walked with our Holy God: Of Wycliffe, Huss, Tyndale, Calvin, Luther, Knox et al, Of the Bunyans, Baxters, Wesleys, Spurgeons and the rest" all of which I was previously aware, and a couple more that I had to google-search, who it would appear were of more recent and fundamentalist persuasion. I know that it is very hard to encapsulate Biblical narrative (which represents at least two thousand years) into one poem, but to practically ignore one half of humanity (our women), and to hint at the righteousness of fundamentalist conclusions, is alarming, to say the least.
But thankfully, our poet, for Christians, does charge us to look to Jesus "Christ our Exemplar", and refers also to Peter, and Paul, just two of his followers. So what did Jesus command us to do ? We only know what he is purported to have said. Jesus cut to the core, the heart of the Good News Gospel by responding to "Love your neighbour as you love yourself" (Luke 10.27) by saying "Do this and you will live" (Luke 10.28). This is why this "Rule of Love" is called "Golden". It is Pure. This is the foundation upon which all else stands. There is no other:
There is no hate in Love, for God IS Love. Equally, as far as humans can comprehend it, God is also therefore Parent (Mother and Father), Creator, Truth, Refuge, Shield, Strength, Healer, Deliverer, Joy, Mercy, Equity, Balance, Peace and Harmony - at the very least.
This interpretation is also shared apparently by Prophet Micah: "God has told us what is good. What God requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship - with God" (see Micah 6.8). The Golden Rule of Love is the Paramount Law, and has been noted as far back in the 3rd Book of the Old Testament (see Leviticus 19.17-18): "Do not bear a grudge against anyone, but settle your differences, so that you will not commit a sin. Do not take revenge on anyone, or continue to hate, but love your neighbour as yourself."
We are to be kind - even to our animals (Solomon). Apostle Paul put it differently, as he proclaimed God's message about Loving:
"Our gifts of knowledge and of inspired messages are only partial; but when what is perfect comes, then what is partial will disappear. When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child; now that I am a man, I have no more use for childish ways. What we see now is like a dim image in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. What I know now is only partial; then it will be complete - as complete as God's knowledge of me (if I have no love, I am nothing)... (Any one who speaks against Love is nothing, nothing at all). Meanwhile, these three remain: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is Love. It is love, then that you should strive for. Set your hearts on spiritual gifts, especially the gift of proclaiming God's Message... Truly, God is here among you !... So help, encourage and comfort... (see 1 Corinthians 13, and 14)."
Whether we are Jew, Christian, or Muslim, of "orthodox" or "catholic", or "reformed", or of "fundamentalist" persuasion, or of any other faith tradition, or none, who can say anything to add to what is already perfect, and pure ? The human race is comprised of all of these, and more, and yet, no better solution has yet surfaced regarding our perennial "problem" of living - and "Living Well". Nothing else survives in the light of day.