Ten for Twelve on 10-4-12 (not exactly)

Isaiah 62 with its 12 verses comprises the theme for the New Year: “Twelve for Twelve in 2012.”

At the beginning of the New Year, I posted a blog in Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe based on my theme and scriptural focal point for 2012. In this case, I had selected Isaiah 62, a passage that most providentially contains twelve verses. In studying the chapter, I decided to write a series of poems, as I personalized each of the twelve verses, calling the collection “Twelve for Twelve for 2012.” Here is the link to the first installment, published in two parts, inspired by Isaiah 62:1: “One for Twelve”:

And so the series continues with the tenth installment “Ten for Twelve,” a personalized poetic rendering of Isaiah 62:10, that should have been posted on October 4, 2012 (10-4-12).  Here is the verse from the New Living Testament:

Go out through the gates!
Prepare the highway for my people to return!
Smooth out the road; pull out the boulders;
raise a flag for all the nations to see.

Ten for Twelve

Isaiah 62:10

Come before me with thanks and go out through the gates.       

Prepare the highway for my people to return.  

As a father sends for his sons and then awaits                             

Their arrival, so I prepare your grand estates.

The time is short for those with eyes to discern. 

Make smooth the road and remove all the stones that impede.        

Prepare the way of the Lord,   so shall He return.  

Behold, I instruct you that you might also learn.                       

I unfold my Word that you might harken and heed:        

Implant my Word in your heart as precious seed. 

Raise high my banner that all the nations might see                                             

The majestic power of the King of Glory.     

In keeping with the tradition set with the first and subsequent poems,  I had every intention of posting this blog on the 4th of October, but somehow I did not complete the entry until today, October 8, Columbus Day, a day of special significance, especially since I live in Columbus, Ohio, a pioneering city named for the famed explorer.

The famed explored viewed his assignment to seek another route to the East as a mandate from God.

In preparing to post the poem, I noticed that it was actually composed a year ago on October 9, 2011. Perhaps what I considered a delay works toward an even more suitable occasion than the originally intended publication date. As my mother-in-law so often quotes, “God’s delay doesn’t mean God’s denial.”

Click here to learn more about Christopher Columbus, who was believed to have been a Messianic Jew, who embarked upon his voyage to the New World as a fulfillment of his spiritual mandate from God, in some sense, “to prepare the way for Lord,” which I see as a theme in the passage from Isaiah and in the poem that it inspired.  Michael W. Smith offers a spirited rendition of the song “Prepare ye the Way of the Lord.”

The passage and the poem also bring to mind other songs related to idea that “The King is Coming,” one such version is by the Gaither Trio:

The reference to “flag” in closing couple brought to mind the term “banner” which is used in the New King James Version of Isaiah 62:10.  A song using the word “banner” almost immediately came to mind: “Onward, Christian soldiers,” composed by General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army. Recently In discussing previous revival movements, I made reference to General Booth and his fervent prayer for God to “Send the Fire,” in light of our praying for “another Pentecost.” Here is video footage of William Booth reciting the lyrics to one of his most recognized hymns, along with other inspiring quotes from this respected Christian leader, as the hymn “Onward, Christian Soldiers,” resounds in the background.

In working on this blog entry, I discovered a YouTube video entitled “Isaiah 62 Song: Surely Your Salvation is Coming” from Scripturesongsforworship.com. It provides a musical rendition of the entire chapter based on the King James Version of the text, a most pleasant way to conclude the Ten for Twelve posted on 10-4-12 (not exactly).

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