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Ezekiel 36:8-15

God addresses the mountains
Not from a poetic heart
Our role within creation
Was designed from the start

That role was made imbalanced
By the entering in of sin
And so God speaks on our behalf
A new season about to begin

As God’s people return to be His
Creation is impacted
The way land and humanity worship
Has changed the way they interacted

No longer will they treat the land
As something to subdue
They worship its creator
And His honor they pursue.

As humanity returns to till the land
And sow a more fruitful seed
They find it capable of offering them
More of what they need

We are not saved by our own hands
Yet creation will be blessed
When we humbly care for her
Instead of exploiting her treasure chest

God’s plan for salvation
goes way beyond our hearts
Nevertheless we can’t forget
That is the place it starts…

Hebrews 10:4-10

It’s impossible for bulls and goats
To take away our sin
Because of this, prophetic words
Were spoken as Christ came in:

“Sacrifices and offerings
You have wanted not,
Neither burnt nor sin offerings
(Even though they have a lot.)

But a body you’ve prepared for me
And your will I’ve come to do,
I’m written of in the scroll of the book
And I’m here to see it through.”

He offered His own body
A Holy sacrifice
He wasn’t just following the law
Or paying a required price

Some reduce it to equation
Settling a debt from way back when
But God could’ve simply destroyed creation
And started over again.

There is Love in His redemption
Fulfillment of all things
To abolish all need for offerings burnt
By prophets, priests or kings

He’s all three, and leads His people out
Where freedom has arrived
By His own blood, He sets us free
And we are sanctified.

Isaiah 42:14-21

When God moves, we tell each other
It blesses our hearts straight through
You can see people raise hands in worship
And know He’s starting something New

The quiet might get all revved up
The mute may shout “Amen!”
Then we will go home and wait
For God to show up again.

But Isaiah reminds us
When God is truly on the move
He will not hide the evidence
And there will be no need to prove

He lays waste to mountains
And dries up all the pools
He takes all human wisdom
And makes them look like fools

What used to seem like darkness
Becomes a light to guide
There will not be any secret place
That is safe enough to hide

Those who trust in man-made things
Or find their peace in self
Recognize how blind you are
And how pitiful – your wealth.

Compared to what God is doing
And invites us to join His song,
He’s given us His Spirit
And all Heaven sings along…

Isaiah 59:9-19

He saw there was no justice
Our lives were in despair
His children lived in darkness
And He could not leave us there

We stumbled around blindly
We made only animal sounds
There was no one among us
Who could turn everything around

His loved moved Him to action
Salvation on our behalf
To those who stood for injustice
They were forced to face His wrath

Light for those in darkness
Living Word for those who groan,
As Jesus, our redeemer
Gave His life and gained the throne.

We watch with admiration
His loving sacrifice we see
And through our grateful worship
We hear Him say “follow me”.

Step boldly into injustice
On behalf of those without a voice
I’ve given you my own heart
But you’ll still need to make a choice

Know that I am with you,
The source of all you need.
It’s not your job to break the chains
Simply announce – they have been freed.

1 Samuel 15:10-21

There are some bits of scripture
That can make us insecure,
Even if we’re involved in good things
And feel like we’re living pure.

Even if God called us
Forever changing our direction –
What if God regrets His call
Upon closer inspection?

What if my response
To all the Lord has entrusted
Makes Him regret to have chosen me
& if His plan I’ve busted?

But just because it’s possible
Does not mean it will start.
These aren’t questions on the radar
Of a disappointing heart.

If you’re humbly nervous
About disappointing Jesus
We’re reminded here – don’t ignore God
(Or hack a man to pieces.)

Turn away from pride,
To God only should you kneel.
Obey what He’s made clear
And live toward His Love revealed.

For there was one who pleased God
He calls us – “follow me.”
He has given us His Spirit
And from sin has set us free.

Isaiah 51:4-8

We’re reminded not to aim for the heavens
For they too will vanish like smoke
In a moment all will be different
According to words that are spoke.

For some the words come as judgment
A difficult end to their strife
To see all the effort they’ve given to self
Ended just like a gnat’s life

But God uses different vocabulary
To describe what He has in store
Teaching, and Justice, Deliverance
Salvation and even much more

Not poured out for only one nation
As all are disarmed, His will rule
The arms which have been used to oppress the world
Worms will eat all these up, just like wool.

But His arms arrive to deliver
Salvation that lasts for all time
We listen and look, to join such a heart
As fruit that desires the vine.

Exodus 34:1-9, 27-28

It sounds like so much danger
An ominous invitation
To come into His presence
After testing Gods’ own patience

A threat? Or just a promise?
Onto our children’s kin
That parents aren’t the only ones
Impacted by their sin

We will all inherit
Choices made by those before
And from us to our grandchildren
A path we cannot ignore

Moses understood
The patient Love of God
And in the midst of all the heavy words
He includes an encouraging nod

The truth that we inherit something
God has committed onto stone
So Moses helped us remember
Who sits upon the throne.

He who proclaims such heavy words
About what children will receive
Calls us His own children,
If we will only believe…

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