Passover (Exodus 2-12)

Pharaoh ordered Hebrew babies to slaughter,
but Moses was saved by Pharaoh’s daughter.
This Egyptian lady
raised this Hebrew baby.
Moses lived in the house of Pharaoh,
but Pharaoh did not know.
No one knew
as the child grew.
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When Moses was full grown
his roots were made known.
Pharaoh had a conniption
for Moses killed an Egyptian.
Because Moses was a Hebrew,
that’s when anger grew.
Into the desert Moses fled,
shortly thereafter he did wed.
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Later, on Mount Horeb a bush did burn.
This is where Moses did learn
about the call on his life.
He was to save Israel from strife.
God gave Moses a script,
he was the Deliverer in Egypt.
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The God of Moses
to Pharaoh proposes;
Let the Hebrews go,
otherwise there will be woe.
The consequence was not vague;
on Egypt there would be a plague.
A plague on each day,
until Pharaoh said okay.
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Back to Egypt Moses went,
for that’s where God had sent
Moses to confront Pharaoh
to say, “Let my people go.”
But Pharaoh said, “Absolutely No!
I will not let your people go.
Who is this God I do not know?
This Hebrew God,
I will not applaud.”
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The instructions to Pharaoh were not vague.
If Hebrews weren’t free there’d be a plague.
Then Pharaoh gave this ridiculous order:
Hebrews to make the same amount of mortar,
only they would have to find straw
for bricks, which became the new law.
This could not be done.
It looked as though Pharaoh won.
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“As My servant Moses has spoken,
your Egyptian bondage will be broken.
Do not fret.
Pharaoh will let
My people go.
This you need to know.”
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Right from the start
God hardened Pharaoh’s heart,
so the Hebrews would know who God was through the mighty acts God does.
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In Pharaoh’s court Moses stood in front,
then Pharaoh, Moses did confront.
God turned Moses’ staff into a snake,
but Pharaoh said, “Hebrews can’t take.”
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Now comes plague number one,
turning water into blood was done.
Blood did defile
the river Nile.
Fish died and it did stink,
Egyptians could no longer drink.
Yet Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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With plague number two,
this is what God did do.
He ordered the frogs
to come and make clogs;
they were all over the place
and in every space.
But Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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Then came plague number three
by the hand of the Almighty.
Egypt had to pay a high price,
for now they were covered with lice.
Lice were on beast and men,
but even so, even then,
Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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With plague number four
flies God did pour
all over the land,
but He withheld His hand
from the land of Goshen
where there was no commotion.
The Hebrews were free of flies,
while cries in Egypt did arise.
Pharaoh still said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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Then came plague number five,
livestock did not survive.
In Egypt livestock had pestilence,
however in Goshen there was preference.
The Hebrew’s livestock was fine,
For God said, “These people are Mine.”
The plague was on Egypt’s livestock,
which caused Egyptian shock.
All their livestock left outside
from this plague died.
But, Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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The sixth plague
was not vague.
God sent a plague of boils
on Egypt that spoils
the skin of animal and men,
but the Hebrews didn’t have them;
the Hebrews, God did protect
from boils which did deflect.
However, Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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Then came plague number seven;
hail came from heaven.
Obeying God, Pharaoh failed,
so in Egypt it hailed.
It hailed hard and long
Pharaoh knew he did wrong.
But Pharaoh was an obstinate king,
so God sent hail ruining most everything.
Again, Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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With plague number eight
everything the locust ate.
But again in Goshen
there was no commotion.
The locust did only yield
a great harvest in Egypt’s field.
Even so, Pharaoh said, “No!
I will not let your people go!”
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Then came plague number nine
and darkness was the sign.
For three full days Egypt had no sun,
because of what Pharaoh had done.
Darkness was only where Egyptians were,
for in Goshen darkness did not occur.
Egypt was totally dark
still Pharaoh did remark,
“I will not let your people go,
because I, the great Pharaoh, said so!”
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God’s mighty plan through Moses’ hand
was being accomplished throughout this land.
God allowed all plagues in order to proclaim
His power and might on earth in His Name.
Egypt thought their gods were vital.
Each plague represented an idol.
This is what caused Egypt to fall,
for the God of Moses is far above all.
Over the days God did display,
His mighty power to Egypt’s dismay.
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The last plague on Egypt was number ten
this effected animals, women, and men.
Exactly at midnight the Lord did strike
Egypt’s firstborns and horror did spike.
Wailing was heard long into the night
from Egyptians caught in this fright.
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All of Egypt did mourn
over the death of all their firstborn.
Jews were safe when the death angel came,
because they put blood on each doorframe.
Each Hebrew family shared a special meal, while with Egypt God did deal.
They had prepared a quick feast
of lamb, bitter herbs, bread without yeast.
When Pharaoh’s firstborn died
to Moses Pharaoh replied,
“Take your people and get out!
Egypt does not want any of you about.
Now in your God I believe,
take these slaves and leave.”
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Israel had lived in Egypt 430 years
had toiled and cried many tears.
The Egyptians had equipped
the Hebrews leaving Egypt.
They gave clothing, silver, and gold;
all that the Jews could hold.
There was great joy in the air,
for God freed Israel from despair.
God is permanently faithful,
and the Hebrews were grateful.
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From this day forward
Jews need to remember that horrid
Egyptian bondage as a slave,
and the plagues God gave
to set the Hebrews free,
to worship, and praise the Almighty.
Israel is to do this once a year
by celebrating Passover with cheer.
It is God all must fear
this was made quite clear.
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This remembrance is not just for the Jew;
all should remember this – that’s me and you.
There is only one true God
to whom we all need to applaud.
He is the Lord, God Most High
this no one can deny.

Full of Joy

My heart is full of joy.
You, O God, bring such joy to my soul.
My heart sings with praise for You.
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I love to go to the house of the Lord.
My heart bows before His throne.
What a privilege it is to be with Him.
Such a blessing I do find.
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Your Word I have hidden in my heart.
I meditate on it all day long.
It brings such a comfort to my soul.
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Thank you Lord, for hearing my voice.
I come to You night and day.
I pour out my heart before You.
You come to me with acceptance.
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The Lord God is merciful to me.
He is my strength in troubled times.
He is my saving shield.
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I will ever praise His Name.
His goodness is all around me.
My heart does not fret nor fear,
For the Lord, my God, is always near.
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So on this Sabbath day once more,
I come to praise and worship Thee.
I thank you, Lord, for today!

Hanukkah Story

Way back in ancient time,
There was a heinous crime,
When Greece had taken the land.
It was by Antiochus IV’s hand,
The Temple was destroyed.
The horror he employed.
For he did choose,
To destroy the Jews.
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This awful Syrian King,
Pagan ways he did bring.
He was just plain cruel,
In how he did rule.
He made such a mess.
The Jews were in distress.
The pagans did try to demolish
God’s Word, but it did not abolish.
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Idol worship came about,
Pushing God’s way out.
No longer could Jew’s worship,
For the Temple they did strip.
Stolen was the silver and gold,
Much more could be told.
They desecrated the alter.
Wanting the Jews to falter.
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The sacrifice of a pig,
On the alter was big!
Jews were kept from their holy tradition
Made to bow in dishonorable submission.
This was the most horrible situation!
Rituals were of a new formation.
This was the last straw,
What happened to God’s Law!
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Then up rose a Maccabee,
To set the Jewish people free.
For now help was on the way,
The Maccabee leader did not delay.
The battle was hard and long.
These mighty men were strong.
They fought day and night.
They did not run in fright.
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Eventually God’s people won.
The war was finally done.
There was no doubt,
What the next step was about.
The Temple was first on the list,
For it was surely missed.
In gathering a large crew,
They knew exactly what to do.
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They began with sanctuary purification,
In order to have Temple rededication.
They did more than clean.
It looked so serene.
Then what did they find?
It needed to be shined.
The menorah was found,
Happiness did abound.
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There was no hesitation,
For this Temple rededication.
The menorah was set on the table,
It was now standing quite stable.
At once oil was poured in.
Day one would now begin.
However, the big problem at hand,
Was not enough oil for the lampstand.
But the lamp did burn bright.
All through the night,
And into the next day,
The flame did not go away.
Much to their surprise,
The light did arise.
At the end of the eighth day,
More oil was brought their way.
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A miracle was had,
God’s people were glad.
God did renew His people’s hope.
They were more than able to cope.
God’s people did rejoice.
Praise went up as one voice.
Able now to worship Almighty God,
With all glory, praise, and laud.
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Faith was renewed in the land,
because of God’s mighty hand.
So now we remember,
This wonder in December.
Each and every year,
We think of God and cheer.
The Temple was cleansed and consecrated
With great joy this should be celebrated.
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And yet,
Don’t forget.
The reason
For the season.
God has given,
a gift from heaven.