Poem: Yahweh, the God Who Delivers*

“I am Yahweh your God
who brought you out of the land of Egypt
out of the land of slavery
you shall have no other gods before me”**

And so the one true God, I Am, utters
the divine maxim of Light, Liberation, Life and Love
for all eternity, the Alpha and the Omega,
and for all peoples of the neighborly kin-dom

The Lord God told Jeremiah
“Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver You”***
and without fear, he went, he stood, and he spoke

God frees from burden and slavery
God brings up out of the chaos
God delivers from danger
God redeems out of exile

Yes, Yahweh is the God of action
that is intentionally purposeful
who intrudes and interrupts
who transforms personally, socially,  cosmically

God outmatches the powers of oppression
in our lives, in human systems, and in the cosmos
both materially and spiritually
directly and through recruited  human agency

From ancient times and still today
from Pharaoh  through tyrant presidents  and beyond
from Egypt’s slavery through todays’
empires of military-technological death

You!  be a witness, now, of this enduring testimony
of hope and courage, here, in the face of every
absolutizing power which resists the intentions
of God’s Light, Liberation, Life and Love

Herb Stone
here&now working poetry
June 2019

This poem is inspired from reading Walter Brueggemann’s ‘Theology of the Old Testament.’

Notes:
* A subtitle in Brueggemann’s book describing the specific, concrete action verbs which is the core of Israel’s testimony about their life with Yahweh.
** Exodus 20:2-3
*** Jeremiah 1:8 

ברוך אתה מלך האלוהים שלנו של היקום

Barukh ata Adonai Eloheinu, melekh ha`olam…

“Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe…”

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