Wednesday, September 09, 2015

The First Commandment – v4

The First Commandment
written on the stone tablets
carried from the mountain by Moses
for all of God’s people:
“You shall have no other gods before me”,
A timeless statement, unending,
the test of our loyalty
the faith of all people, devoted to God.

In their time, in that place
in the desert, the Tabernacle
far from the Temple
the City, God’s people
united as one
under one commandment,
one sovereign God.

But there in that wilderness
before the craven idol, in Babylon,
before the King demanding to be hailed as god;
Refusing to bow, to deny the Creator
honoring the words written so long ago;
Prepared to be burned,
to submit to the furnace
entering in, faithful to God.

edited September 9, 2015
The First Commandment – v4

(editing version 3)
edited March 13, 2015
The First Commandment – v3
(merging edits to version 2 and version 1)
edited December 22, 2014
The First Commandment – v2
November 16, 2009
The First Commandment
Daniel 3:16-18
and writing challenge
“Monday Manna for November 16, 2009 – Ultimate Faith”
posted by Joanne Sher on her blog,
“An Open Book”, at:

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