Never Marduk’s Slaves #NaPoWriMo2017 #GloPoWriMo2017

Stolen away from their Promised Land
Yoked in captivity
Israel struggles to keep its faith
In Babylon’s tyranny

Enuma Elish raises up
Marduk: high creator
Their narrative, though, portrays no love:
Just poor mankind’s enslaver

Israel seeks comfort Heaven-sent
God to reveal His face
A designed and ordered universe
Hope for His human race

Hope in His pow’r and sovereignty
Care for every detail
Adoption as God’s family
A love which can never fail

No legion ‘gods’ in skies above –
But Light created at His Word
No ‘spirits’ in the earth below
But nature, with Yahweh as Lord

The Genesis account stands to affirm
Our origin as God said
Never created Marduk’s slaves
Always free men instead

The prompt for day 19 of Na/GloPoWriMo is to write a poem that recounts a creation myth.

The Enûma Eliš is the Babylonian creation myth (named after its opening words). It was recovered by Austen Henry Layard in 1849 (in fragmentary form) in the ruined Library of Ashurbanipal at Nineveh (Mosul, Iraq), and published by George Smith in 1876. The Enûma Eliš is one of the most important sources for understanding the Babylonian worldview, centered on the supremacy of Marduk and the creation of humankind for the service of the gods.

Jericho within Sight

Eyes cast in wonder
Spies enter the Promised Land
Jericho in sight

Rahab offered sanctuary
Her family offered mercy

written in response to this week’s RonovanWrites Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge #144 – “Wonder” and “Spy”, and inspired by Joshua 2

Thursday is Verse Day @FaithUnlocked – Jeremiah 9:23-26

This is what the Lord says:
‘Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
or the strong boast of their strength
or the rich boast of their riches,
but let the one who boasts boast about this:
that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
justice and righteousness on earth,
for in these I delight,’
declares the Lord.
‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord,
‘when I will punish all who are circumcised only in the flesh –
Egypt, Judah, Edom, Ammon, Moab
and all who live in the wilderness in distant places.
For all these nations are really uncircumcised,
and even the whole house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart.’

Thursday is Verse Day @FaithUnlocked – Genesis 32:24-28

And Jacob was left alone.
And a man wrestled with him
until the breaking of the day.
When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob,
he touched his hip socket,
and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint
as he wrestled with him.
Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.”
But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”
And he said to him, “What is your name?”
And he said, “Jacob.”
Then he said,
“Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel,
for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
– Genesis 32:24-28 (ESV)

Olive Branches and Cedar Boughs

Shall the dove ever rest again
In the branches of the olive trees
Or the boughs of the cedars
Standing in the Holy lands?

Who shall receive the peace
Of Jesus, the Messiah
And secure a home forever
In the new Jerusalem?