Sunday, July 7, 2013

Watching An Old Man Outlive His Wisdom

by Jim Rapp

I’ve watched an old man become a fool,
throw away a trove of Godly wisdom;
become the willing but unwitting tool
of those who, caring not a whit for the halidom
he had constructed to the glory of God’s rule,
cared only to advance their earthly kingdom.

This poor modern Hezekiah should have died
two decades sooner, before his judgment failed.
In youth, like his sad ancient counterpart, he had cried
against idolatry, but in old age, pride prevailed –
inviting Babylon’s emissaries in, he crucified
the Son afresh and, at Babylon’s golden altars, dallied.

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