Today... 'The Judge of Israel'
They smote you upon the cheek that awful day
and against you those wicked men had their way.
Little did the realise for they were unaware
that You were the Judge of Israel standing there.
They led You up the hill to a place called Calvary
and nailed You upon a cross to die in agony.
There on Your back the punishment You bore
“For the wages of sin is death, ” was the Law.
There, “Because the Lamb of God has died”
“the price for sin was paid and the Law was satisfied.
For You was stricken and smitten of Your God
when You was struck upon the cheek by His rod.
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Poet's Notes about The Poem
Now gather yourself in troops,
O daughter of troops;
He has laid siege against us;
They will strike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek.
“ But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
Therefore He shall give them up,
Until the time that she who is in labor has given birth;
Then the remnant of His brethren
Shall return to the children of Israel.
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The Bible calls You by many names
each one giving a glimpse of Your glory.
Like a cut diamond radiating in the sun
with every facet depicting a glorious
aspect of Your Divine Nature.
Today I have thought of You as
'The Judge of Israel'
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