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Godís Elect 

Do I know who are Gods elect?
Is it this person beside me
Or that one over there?
Do they have a label sewn on
Or a visible mark on their heads?
Is this one of the least of His brethren?
Has God revealed Himself to them yet
Or does he have to lead them through the valley?
Does he have a purpose for them
Can I fathom His will for their lives?

Is this the next Apostle Paul in the making
Does he consider himself perfect, self-righteous, and zealous?
Is he persecuting Christians, throwing them to prison
And is he holding the coats of those killing the saints?

Was Jacob an upright and honourable man
Or a man who would do anything to get what he wanted?
Would I have trusted him with my business
The man whom God renamed Israel?

Was David a muscle bulging warrior
Was he head and shoulders above all others
Or just a good looking, wind chaffed, shepherd boy
Which no one thought to invite to the Samuels sacrifice?

Was Job any less for his trial
When he seemed cursed by God and forsaken?
Did God bless the accusations of his friends
Or vindicate Job and restore him in the end?

Was John the Baptist wearing soft clothing
Did he look like a way-faring tramp wearing a hair shirt?
Was he feeding on the fat of rich tables
Or was it a standing joke that he was skinny as a reed?

Wasn't it Mary Magdalene who had been processed by seven devils,
Sitting washing the Saviours feet in appreciation,
Wasn't she judged by the Pharisee as a sinner,
Whom Jesus vindicated and appeared to her first, at His resurrection?

When Jesus came did He look anything special,
Was he not known as the carpenterís son?
Didn't even Mary mistake Him as a gardener?
Just an ordinary, walk past in the street, looking person

Didn't the religious think Jesus an over-indulging wino,
Who was a mate with the unsavory of society?
Didn't He have friends, who had reputations of prostitutes,
Tax collectors, lawbreakers, and smelly fishermen?

Is this one an elect of God?
Are they sinners more than anyone else?
Have I lived in the same sinful way?
Does knowing what they have been justify my condemnation?
Does discerning their fruits mean I see their future?
Peradventure God may give them repentance
Do I have a right to judge them?
When God says 'What I have cleansed call not thou common!'
If God has called who can hide
If God has chosen who can refuse
It is not the past that matters - it is the cleansed future

31 May 2006

References:
Act 10:15 And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.
Mat 12:7 But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.
2Ti 2:24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
 1Sa 16:7  But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
1Sa 16:12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.
Isa 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
Mat 11:7 And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
Luk 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
Luk 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
Mat 13:55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?
Joh 20:15 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
Mar 16:9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
Joh 11:2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
Joh 20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.
1Co 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: that no flesh should glory in his presence.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14
© Stephen Share 2006

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