Sunday, June 21, 2020

Tabb: Christ and the Pagan

Sunday, June 21, 2020
    Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
    —Matthew 21:42-44 (KJV)
Christ and the Pagan

I had no God but these,
The sacerdotal trees,
And they uplifted me,
    “I hung upon a Tree.”

The sun and moon I saw,
And reverential awe
Subdued me day and night,
    “I am the perfect light.”

Within a lifeless stone—
All other gods unknown—
I sought Divinity,
    “The Corner-stone am I.”

For sacrificial feast
I slaughtered man and beast,
Red recompense to gain.
    “So I, a Lamb, was slain.”

“Yea, such My hungering Grace
That whereso’er My face
Is hidden, none may grope
    Beyond eternal Hope.”
    ... John Banister Tabb (1845-1909), Later Poems, New York: M. Kennerley, 1910, p. 11-12 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 21:42-44; Ps. 118:22; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; 1 Pet. 3:15; Rev. 5:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, you have rescued me from unbelief.

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