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Five for Twelve on 5-4-12

May 4, 2012

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”:

The series continues with the fifth installment “Five for Twelve,” a personalized poetic rendering of Isaiah 62:5, posted on May 4, 2012 (5-4-12).  Here is the verse from the New Living Testament:

Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem,
    just as a young man commits himself to his bride.
Then God will rejoice over you
    as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.

 

Five for Twelve

Isaiah 62:5

The hearts of the children will turn to their fathers,   

Just as your children will commit themselves to you.                                                 

O Jerusalem, so shall your offspring serve you,                                                                                                       

Just as a young man commits himself to his wife.                                  

Even as a groom approaches his wedding day,

Like a great athlete is eager to run his race,                                                                            

So will God, the Mighty One, rejoice over you.                                                                                                 

Behold, this is a time to dance and celebrate,                                                                                    

For the Lord shall extol your beauty and proclaim                                                                                         

His faithfulness and favor as He approaches.                             

With outstretched arms He embraces His beloved,                                                                                           

As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.

 

As we enter into the fifth month of the year, I think of the spiritual significance of the number five which is symbolic of divine grace, most commonly spoken of as “unmerited favor.”  At the end of April, Apostle Benjamin T. Moore, III, offered the following words:

The conclusion of April is a doorway into a new level of GRACE. May will be a month of INCREASED GRACE. Understand that grace is NOT simply unmerited favor, but enabling power. Power to get the “job” done, strength to stretch into a season of peace. Relationships have been challenged.  Doors opened. Doors closed. This coming month will be a DIVINE release of fresh perspectives of GRACE and STRENGTH. Expect it. Period.

A scripture that makes reference to grace is Acts 4:33:

And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. (KJV)

The Amplified Bible renders the verse in this way:

And with great strength and ability and power the apostles delivered their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace (loving-kindness and favor and goodwill) rested richly upon them all. (AMP)

In thinking about that verse and its application, the song “Great Grace” by Mary Alessi captures the essence of the season that we are embarking upon during this fifth month of May.