Monday, May 10, 2010

There Once was an Infant, Part I

There once was an infant Your origin and your birth are of the land of the Canaanites; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.  And as for your birth, on the day you were born your cord was not cut, nor were you washed with water to cleanse you, nor rubbed with salt, nor wrapped with swaddling cloths.  No eye pitied you, to do any of these things for you out of compassion for you, but you were cast out on the open field, you were abhorred on the day that you were born.” Ezekiel 16:3-5.  
The heart of the Creator was not known by the Amorite and the Hittite.  The infants birth was treated carelessly, perhaps even ruthlessly. She was found exposed to the elements in a pool of blood with a lifeline attached to her naval, but no life.  Without the extremities of compassion, she would die…  
“When I passed by you again and saw you, behold, you were at the age for love, and I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness; I made my vow to you and entered into a covenant with you. ….I bathed you with water and washed off your blood from you and anointed you with oil.  I clothed you also with embroidered cloth and shod you with fine leather.  I wrapped you in fine linen and covered you with silk.  And I adorned you with ornaments and put bracelets on your wrists and a chain on your neck.  And I put a ring on your nose and earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head.  Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen and silk and embroidered cloth.  You ate fine flour and honey and oil.  You grew exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty.  And your renown went forth among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through the splendor that I had bestowed on you…” Ezekiel 16:8-14.   
The Creator bent low and delivered an abandoned infant from her visible shame.  All at once, Divinity became Father, Mother, Sister and Brother to the infant.  Ancestral ties were ignored.  Lack and deficiency were unimportant.  An infant was in need of a Lover.  All at once, upon the advent of maturity, Divinity also became Spouse.  There was a bathing and a washing, an anointing and adorning.  More than that… .He exalted her to a position of holy, splendiferous equality.  She became famous for the love He gave her. 
Far from ancestry, condition and ability… .an mature young woman thrived famously upon richness that He awarded Her… .for no good reason except the reason of Love.

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