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A Psalm Of Sabbath Thanks

It’s been a long time since I posted to my blog. I have survived, with the Lord’s definite presence, several months of travail. I hope to be able to explore the experience, giving very real spiritual insight to the experience. But for now I’m submitting a poem from my forthcoming book, Poetic Insights of a Left Brained Octogenerian”. The editing and preparation for this book has been on hold for my sabbatical.

A Psalm of Sabbath Thanks
Written with the wonderful revelation of the blessing of Sabbath which begins Friday at sundown with the lighting of two candles.

Two small lights are kindled as darkness descends−
Your ancient promise of rest begins.
Cares from my soul will be dispelled−
As light pierces darkness—six day’s labor quelled.

Your seventh day—not punishment meant−
Not a burden—a holy sacrament.
Created by love—a commanded celebration
Sets man apart from all of creation.

Yeshua, Your Son, confirmed the plan—
The day was ordained for the good of man.
Before man was vexed by Satan’s deceit−
The day for his rest was made complete

Those two small lights hold such promise
Must I remain a doubting Thomas?
With thanksgiving I now joyfully enter−
Knowing rest will follow when keeping Sabbath center.

Kennedy Brown

A Psalm about a Lost Psalm

A Psalm about a Lost Psalm
May have been my best psalm you’ll never see

Yahweh, a psalm I was writing is lost.
I fear it’s been cyber space tossed.
And now I get my pride to measure−
For whom was I writing the poetic treasure?

I lament and search for the words now gone.
They’ve disappeared as snow from my lawn.
True, it’s the sun that aids this fact−
Perhaps there’s another in this klepto act.

Wash my heart from author’s pride.
Let me go forth in innocent stride.
I pray those words I previously penned
To You now reflect love−washed from sin.

As You once told me when a data crash−
You still knew every word−none were ash.
So, thank You again as I walk the fine line
Between heartfelt praise and pride sublime.

Kennedy Brown
Gerizim
Erev Shabbat, February 12, 2016

A Psalm’s Call to Embrace Yahweh’s Word

A Psalm’s Call to Embrace Yahweh’s Word
Prompted by Exodus 21:1-24:18–Parshat Mishpatim (Laws)

Yahweh, why are we so bent
On overlooking Your intent?
Your mishpatim first powerfully spoken
Are today disdained and recklessly broken.

Some thirty-five hundred years ago
Your radical words set the world aglow.
They became the foundation of Common Law
From which all Englishman sought to draw.

Most every statute on the books can trace
Its evolution to Mt. Sinai’s time and place.
But as Yeshua said, “Look to more than form−
“Let your spirit see the ‘Yahweh norm.’ ”

Master and servant rules still apply
To every worker under our sky−
The tools supplied by the Master remain
When the worker departs, not returning again.

Sorry to report, though, today, dear Father,
Six years of service seems of little bother.
Your Laws, which perhaps appear arcane,
Should be considered and honored again.

If the heart of each commandment we would embrace
Our old earth might well be a heavenly place.
Stir us, move us, our spirits engage
That again we devour your every page.

Kennedy Brown
Gerizim
Sabbath, February 6, 2016

For many years I walked with little regard for the instruction and commandments of Torah. Even having a knowledge of the scriptural genesis of U.S. and U.K. laws I could not appreciate the wisdom recorded under Yahweh’s unction by Moses those 3500 years ago. How many times did I interpret Yeshua’s extension of a Torah principle as a rejection of Torah rather than setting a tone for understanding and applying the Law. “Father, forgive me.” From a purely selfish standpoint I had been denying myself the counsel of Yahweh by which to conduct all of life’s relationships.

Forced by the constraints of the poetic form I have chosen I could not in this psalm fully develop today’s laws of master-servant relationship. The spirit of these laws is drawn from Torah. Judicially established over centuries as the Common Law of England and the United States, they have eventually been, in most cases, codified. Interestingly Common Law still applies where there is no statute covering a particular legal question,

I have very loosely described the law expressed in Exodus 21:1-6 concerning the Hebrew servant. The rule today states that the tools provided an employee do not become his when he leaves his employment. The Torah principle, however, is much more generous in recognizing six years of faithful service than are any of today’s employers that I know (including my own many years in that capacity)

My earnest endeavor is to have a heart understanding of the application of Torah principles in everyday relationships.

A Psalm of the Firstborn

A Psalm of the Firstborn
Prompted by Parshat Bo from Exodus 13:2

“…Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine.”

These words though not in poetic meter written
Reach the spirit with indelible truth smitten.
Do they not the “firstborn” identify
As one who would carry Yahweh’s mantle high?

Be he first or second or eleventh born−
As was Joseph, who endured his brothers’ scorn.
Yet, how very blessed is that man
Whose every descendant from his clan
Embraces Father’s eternal plan.

There need not be just one so set apart
Who alone walks with godly heart.
For Yeshua’s blood does each proclaim
As firstborn, he or she with heart aflame.

For firstborn does not by birth determine
Nor by law, nor obedience to man’s sermon,
But from the heat of Godly ardor
Is the one firstborn to the Father.

So Yahweh, by Your word You do proclaim
That each who would call upon that Name
Shall forever be identified
As one on whom Father has relied.

The firstborn are clearly set aside
To indeed become the eternal Bride.
Yahweh’s wisdom is now revealed−
His claim on the firstborn no longer concealed.

Kennedy Brown
Gerizim
January 16, 2016

The symbolism of the firstborn is its evidence of the vitality of a clan or a nation, even a herd or flock. For the firstborn of Egypt to be taken was not only an emotional devastation of loss, but the flower of the strength of a people was gone. For Yahweh to require the firstborn be set apart to Him is not a punishment, but the jealous perpetuation of His earthly kingdom plan. My psalm celebrates being firstborn, that is, accepting and embracing the set apart pursuit of the things of Father. Blessed is the man (as I am blessed) when each child born, regardless of birth order, pursues the perpetuation of the eternal things of Yahweh.

A Psalm of Sabbath Thanks

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A Psalm of Sabbath Thanks

Two small lights are kindled as darkness descends−
Your ancient promise of rest begins.
Will cares from my soul now dispel−
As light pierces darkness, so life’s labors quell.

Your seventh day is not punishment meant−
It is not a burden, yet true, a sacrament.
Your love it created and ordered its time−
Blessing upon blessing follow, pleasing as rhyme.

Yeshua, Your Son, Your very self, proclaimed the day from its creation−
From Egypt and Sinai He spoke it to every nation.
Even before man became vexed by satan’s plan−
The day for rejuvenation; a time of appreciation was in the van.

Those two small lights hold such promise–
How could I have been doubting as Thomas?
With thanksgiving I now joyfully enter−
Knowing light follows darkness when keeping Your day at the center.

Kennedy Brown
Gerizim
Shabbat 12/19/15