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Eight for Twelve on 8-4-12

August 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”:

I continue the series with the eighth installment “Eight for Twelve,” a personalized poetic rendering of Isaiah 62:8, posted on August 4, 2012.  Here is the verse from the New Living Testament:

The Lord has sworn to Jerusalem by his own strength:
    “I will never again hand you over to your enemies.
Never again will foreign warriors come
    and take away your grain and new wine.

Eight for Twelve

 Isaiah 62:8

Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work.

The one who began the work is the faithful one:       

Remind Him that what He began is not yet done.

Give the Lord no rest until he completes his work.         

Until He establishes the City of Peace,       

Do not hold your peace but pray for Jerusalem,   

For the Lord’s heart is always turned toward them    

Until He establishes the City of Peace.                 

Until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth,   

Until the whole earth shall marvel at her splendor   

Do not hold back, always pray, never surrender  

Until he makes Jerusalem the pride of the earth.  

 

In anticipation of a forthcoming event or celebration or holiday, children will sometimes incessantly remind a parent that he or she has made a promise, as the children will do all that they can to ensure that the parent does not forget. During the months, weeks, or days prior to the promised event, words such as these seem to echo repeatedly: “Remember what you said. . . you promised. . . Don’t forget what you promised.” In a similar manner, the passage from Isaiah 62 reveals that God promised to restore and redeem Israel, His chosen people. Even though Israel is in captivity at the time of the writing of this passage, God promises to keep speaking and working until His purposes for Jerusalem are fulfilled. Like little children, God’s people are encouraged to give Him no rest, to pray without ceasing, to keep on asking, keep on seeking, and keep on knocking.

This message is reiterated in this poem:

As We Pray

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

“May they prosper who love you.

 Peace be within your walls,

Prosperity within your palaces.”

 Psalm 122:6-7

This week as we pray, we focus on the Kingdom,

Established and grounded on a sure foundation.

As we diligently pursue Godly wisdom,

New paths of this Apostolic Reformation

Unfold as the sun rises on the horizon.

Even in turbulent times, we must stay the course.

Aware of consequences of each decision,

We look to God our Father, bountiful resource.

We are new wineskins, flexible, open to change.

With a “kingdom mindset” we now see with new eyes.

Beyond past narrow limits our view is long-range.

We number our days with each sunset and sunrise.

Observing the times and giving meaning to them, 

We ever pray for “the peace of Jerusalem.”

The song “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem” uploaded by Pendelican also captures the essence of Psalm 122:6-7:

These lyrics to an original song were also inspired by the passage from Psalm 122:6-7

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of the City of Peace.

Watchmen on the wall, do not tarry

But carry the message and tell all the people to pray,

To give the Lord no rest, but call on Him night and day

And pray, pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of the City of Peace.

Watchmen on the wall, do not tarry

But carry the message and tell all the people to pray,

To give the Lord no rest but call on Him night and day

And pray, pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Watchmen on the wall, do not tarry

But carry the message and tell all the people to pray,

To stand in the gap and make up the hedge night and day,

And pray, pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of the City of Peace.

Lyrics to another original composition express the same sentiment in another song with the same title:

Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of the Land of Israel.

Pray for the peace; let your prayers never cease.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is a city, a city that is built four-square.

A glorious city coming down as a bride prepared

Three gate on the North; three gates on the South;

Three gates on the East and three gates on the West.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Someday I shall see the New Jerusalem.

I shall walk upon the streets of purest gold.

I now realize I shall see with my own eyes.

I shall see and be in the New Jerusalem.

I shall see and be in the New Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Pray for the peace of the Land of Israel.

Pray for the peace; let your prayers never cease.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Here is another video by Paul Wilbur, relating the same exhortation to “Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem”: 

A number of years ago, our church participated in a Passover Seder, as Rev. Howard Silverman, leader of Beth Messiah, messianic congregation, conducted a teaching event that illuminated and illustrated “Christ in the Passover.” Following that most enlightening and inspiring event, I wrote the following poem, as I reflected upon the one of the remarks that concludes each Seder: “Next year in Jerusalem”:

  “Next Year in Jerusalem”

In the month of Nisan, the first month of the year,       

We remember forever the first sacred feast 

At Passover, ordained by God to celebrate                    

That Jehovah Jireh provides more than enough.                    

We taste bitter and sweet at the Seder table           

And rise to proclaim, “Next year in Jerusalem.”                                                                                                           

Chosen by God, given His name, Jerusalem,                   

The place where Passover brings great joy each new year. 

First eaten in haste then at the Seder table,              

The Lord God Himself sanctified this holy feast.                 

We partake of fruit of the vine and food enough            

To remember the Lord’s goodness and celebrate.             

 

 

Our hearts flow with thanksgiving as we celebrate,        

While still praying for the peace of Jerusalem.        

To know the love of God it would have been enough, 

But great grace and peace fill our lives year after year.

God declared this to be a perpetual feast                                   

And set in order the first Passover table.            

 

 

In the wilderness the Lord prepared a table            

That His people might know His love and celebrate      

That the angel of death passed over with this feast.      

So they began their journey toward Jerusalem,                 

Where they would come to observe Passover each year                                  

When only an unblemished lamb would be enough.              

 

 

To assemble ourselves for worship is enough.            

In this place no leaven defiles the Lord’s table.                                               

We eat the bread of affliction another year,                             

Recalling release from bondage to celebrate,                                       

Yet yearning for Passover in Jerusalem     

When in His kingdom we shall share this glorious feast.          

 

 

With a new covenant Christ declared a new feast:                  

To eat the bread and drink the cup will be enough.

The peace of God shall seal the New Jerusalem                                   

When God fulfills His kingdom at the Lord’s table                            

When angels gather His elect to celebrate             

All the feasts of the Lord from year to endless year.                           

 

 

The Year of Jubilee shall be a holy feast                    

To celebrate God’s goodness with much more than enough

At the welcome table in New Jerusalem.          

           

Here is a video version of the Jewish song “Next Year in Jerusalem”:

“Next year in Jerusalem,” meaning “See you next year in Yerushalayim for Passover,” has been used as a farewell and a prayer since 70 A.D. when the Romans destroyed the second Temple. As Christians we look forward to the return of our Savior, Jesus Christ, Yeshua, Messhiach, the Prince of Peace, when we too shall sit at the “welcome table in New Jerusalem.

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.