For the past several weeks I’ve been deep in the Bible’s first prophet book of Isaiah. In studying the Good Word, I’ve employed many different techniques over the years, but this is the first time I’ve summarized my daily readings via haiku format.
Each word is chosen for weight and sound and syllable count.
It’s a precise way to remember and make scripture heart-sticky.
When His actual-factual words work best, I insert bit and pieces of scripture into my poetical study notes. Oh hey, the book of Isaiah is whiz-bang awesome in that this prophet man used the writerly skill of personification… hills bow, mountains depart, seas clap, etc.
This morning I skimmed through some previous haikus and a couple of ’em really zinged me for today’s celebration in the historical-biblical timeline of Passover.
the Redeemed shall no
more drink from “the dregs of the
cup” of His “fury”
“Awake, awake! Put
on your strength” – “your beautiful
garments.” Spot free. Clean.
Thus says your Lord,
The Lord and your God,
Who pleads the cause of His people:
“See, I have taken out of your hand
The cup of trembling,
The dregs of the cup of My fury;
You shall no longer drink it.
But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you,
Who have said to you,
‘Lie down, that we may walk over you.’
And you have laid your body like the ground,
And as the street, for those who walk over.”
Put on your strength, O Zion;
Put on your beautiful garments,
O Jerusalem, the holy city!
For the uncircumcised and the unclean
Shall no longer come to you.
(Isaiah 51:22-23 & 52:1 NKJV)