Metaphor (Jude 12-13)

The church of Christ was made to be distinct,
So guard this holiness among the saints;
Not formed by man or legalist instinct,
But by the grace of Christ communion makes.

Ungodly men are like a hidden reef,
Or spots and putrid swells of leprosy,
These men are fearless only in their feasts,
You, be a harbor, safe in sanctity.

For they are clouds which never bring the rain,
Not having living water in their souls,
Or as a tree which brings no autumn gain,
In Christ your fruit and water harvest full.

They’re as the swells upon a restless sea,
Who slosh their shame as foam against the shore,
As wayward stars that wander wildly,
Yet you are bound in orbit of our Lord.

They worship lusts to which they are inclined,
And claim that light is in their hearts instilled.
The gravity of God must guard your mind,
And guide our tide to heave within His will.

Their light will perish in eternal gloom,
And burn in fire where no light can cheer.
Yet you, in Christ, shine brighter than the moon,
Let Christ then be the point to which you steer.

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Leviticus 14:1-32: Cleansing

Hear my news, hear my news!
Hear this glorious news,
Listen well all you outcasts and slaves.
For the leper in sin,
Unclean from the truth,
Hear of cleansing that God freely gave:

Goodly news, goodly news!
Of salvation for men,
Goodly news of the grace of our God,
Come and see, come and see,
He all pure from all sin,
He alone who can cleanse us from fraud.

Purified, purified!
When my High-Priest did die,
On a tree dipped in water and blood.
Seven times I was washed,
To be brought from outside,
And set free in His merciful flood.

I am clean, I am clean!
Let me come to Your church,
Let me sing of Your glory and grace!
I’m an exile no more,
But have come by new birth,
Counted clean, all my sickness erased.

Bless the Lord, bless the Lord!
For redemption of sin,
And the blessings He gives us the same.
Be you rich, be you poor,
He will readily cleanse,
He accepts you and calls you by name.

Glory oh! Glory oh!
For redemption from sin,
Glory unto the Father above!
Let us tell all the world,
Of the grace He extends,
Making sinners the heirs of His love!

Leviticus 13:47-59, 14:33-57: Leprosy and Purity

Resurgent in its leprosy,
Though washed or put in quarantine,
Contaminating what is clean,
Ever spreading, ever breeding.

When sin – this plague – identified,
We ruthless must cast it aside,
Our hope, our Savior crucified,
Nature groaning, for sin crying.

With courage make the judgment call,
Distinguishing the sick from whole,
Beside God’s Word we stand or fall,
Truth defending, lies enwalling.

Rise up and stop subversive lies!
Expunge when leprosies arise,
And intervene when helpless cry,
Dominion taking, sin defying!

But helpless we can not remove,
Our putrid sin or else improve,
Our sanctity but by Your love,
You blood out-pouring, mercy proving.

No matter strength of our resolve,
We’re damned to this disease devolve,
A sinful cycle we revolve,
His death redeeming, His blood solving.

Oh! wonder at Your sovereignty,
Sin’s trial bringing purity,
And with temptation, strength to flee,
In His bleeding bondage freeing!