Prophecy – A Poem
In pondering what to write for my Thankful Thursday poem, I couldn’t think of a synonym for thankful that I wanted to write about (not even using my online Thesaurus). So I decided instead to write about something I am thankful for. The thing that has been on my mind lately (which you might have noticed if you’ve read any recent posts) is prophecy.
There are so many prophecies about Jesus in the Old Testament that I love to read. Although my faith is primarily grounded in my own experience with how Jesus has changed me and changed my life, the analytical part of me that sometimes has doubts needs something more. The fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies by Jesus, often times in ways He could not from a human perspective have controlled, provides the “something more” that answers any doubts. For that, I am eternally thankful.
Prophecy foretold His coming
Righteousness He would bestow
On all who called upon His name and His
Punishment took as their own
Humbly He bowed to the Father’s will
Emmanuel, whose blood was spilled
Could not be held by death, He rose
Yahweh saved, His promise fulfilled
One of my favorite prophecies concerning the crucifixion (besides Isaiah 53) is Psalm 22:
My enemies surround me like a pack of dogs;
an evil gang closes in on me.
They have pierced my hands and feet.
I can count all my bones.
My enemies stare at me and gloat.
They divide my garments among themselves
and throw dice for my clothing.
Psalm 22:16-18 (NIV).
Just came over from Shoes for an Imaginary Life and I am glad I did.. I love this poem! Awesome 🙂
Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment. Any friend of Linda’s over at Shoes is a friend of mine. If you like poetry, I post a poem for Thankful Thursday every week. Peace, Linda
Will make it a point to pass through on Thursdays 🙂 Heck, as often as I can… but yeah, I love me some poetry! Trying to get back into the swing of things! Haven’t written myself in ages, but it is one of my passions…. 🙂
I like the way you took us through the whole story with so few words. Absolutely wonderful ! 🙂
What else can I say? A Psalm! 🙂 🙂
Praying He’ll continue to inspire your thoughts as you share His love. Thankful for the fulfillment of the prophecy that brought us hope 🙂 .
Ann, Thank you for pointing out that the poem was basically the whole story of Jesus – I honestly had not noticed that when I wrote it! Peace, Linda
Psalm 22 is about as direct as a prophecy can be and very comforting, indeed. How can skeptics see this as anything but evidence?
What about the rest of prophecy, the verses that haven’t been fulfilled yet? I think we have every reason to believe that since so many already have, the others will be, too. But what about symbolism and interpretation, especially in the books of Daniel and Revelation?
I believe, but it’s so complex… What do you think? : )
Linda, If there were only Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53 as prophecy for Jesus’ death it would be enough for me. I don’t know how people can dismiss the many scriptures that prophecy His birth, death, and resurrection. I’ve studied the end times prophecies a little, but not enough to really be able to develop an opinion beyond believing that it will happen as God has planned. It is quite complex and I would love to learn more about it. But there is only so much time and I’ve decided it’s more important to understand how God wants me to live my life today and leave the end to Him. Peace, Linda
Wonderful thing to be thankful for and you do an amazing job at fitting a poem to it! I love knowing that Jesus fulfilled the prophecies in the Old Testament. What the bible says is true and all prophecy there will come to pass. 🙂 God bless you and thank you for being my place of rest and grace each Thursday!
Deb, You have been my poetry inspiration. I never really thought I could write poetry that anyone would want to read before you encouraged me so much. And I find that if my desire is to glorify God, He will give me the words. I’m so glad you can find a place of rest in my Thankful Thursday posts. 🙂 You deserve it! Peace, Linda
I like your poem. I, too am thankful for prophecy. This comes to mind:
19We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:19-21
Here is a word that I sometimes use: “Glad”…I am exceedingly glad that the Lord is patient when I doubt! 🙂
Theresa, I like the scripture. Thank you for sharing it. I like the word “Glad” too. In fact, one of my Thankful Thursday poems was based on that word: http://lindakruschke.wordpress.com/2011/01/27/glad-gladly-gladness-a-poem/ . Peace, Linda
Hello iam kevin very nice words i enjoyed reading it.
Hi Kevin, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Peace, Linda