The ins and outs and ups and downs
of Israel and Judah are like a tangled ball
of string that challenges a handler
to unravel, prompts questions
sometimes hard to answer. Not our history,
not our culture, but yet we try to understand.
Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and other kings
did not deserve to wear a golden crown.
Corrupt, uncaring of the fatherless and widows,
encouragers of idols and sacrifice, incestuous:
all twisted, knotted twine. Came prophets
with ears and hearts tuned to Heaven. They warned
of punishment and penalty, of exile,
and of a Sovereign Lord who could and would restore,
leading with cords of human kindness,
changing knots to ties of love, as still He does,
untangling muddles of our modern lives.
“The wise will realise these things.” Hear and heed.
Notes & References:
 Holy Bible, Hosea 11:4, NIV
 Ibid, Hosea 14:9, NIV
New Zealand born Mary Trim, who writes as Marye Trim, has a PhD in English Literature (Loughborough, UK, 1998) and studied journalism at the University of Queensland, Australia. She has authored five published books and hundreds of inspirational articles, stories and poems and was a newspaper columnist for nine years, while also working as missionary teacher in India and Thailand. She feels called to writing ministry and sees herself as akin to those “Out of Zebulon, they who handle the pen of the writer” (Judges 5:14).
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