Remnant, Too (Monchielle Stanza)

See my earlier meditation on Zechariah 9:7 here.

“They, too, will become a remnant for our God!”
But they’re pagans–filthy, God-hating pagans!
How can a foreigner survive Your great wrath?
What is left when the heaped-up silver is gone?
Who rises once crushed as tasteless salt thrown out?

“They, too, will become a remnant for our God!”
But will there be enough room to fit them in?
This tree is full of branches (but not of fruit);
Just how could a cultivated tree accept the wild?
What possible good could come from this pursuit?

“They, too, will become a remnant for our God!”
I see now how Your holiness brings them in:
You wipe away Baal’s oblations’ blood-stains
And floss the unclean meat from between their teeth
And take upon Yourself Your own judgment’s pain.

“They, too, will become a remnant for our God!”
This is no Bethlehem inn–room aplenty!
LIke Jericho’s defense lies the middle wall.
Instead of fighting nature, new ones given
So both wild and tame have the same Lord of all!

5-7-2015

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