Wednesday Kipple.

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Kipling is a poet, not a prophet, but the elite have again abandoned the word of God and the laws that will lead to life, and followed the idols of this age. We should not be therefore shocked that there is trouble, strife, fear and economic decline. God has not left us, we have left God.

17 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, β€œIs it you, you troubler of Israel?” 18 And he answered, β€œI have not troubled Israel, but you have, and your father’s house, because you have abandoned the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. 19 Now therefore send and gather all Israel to me at Mount Carmel, and the 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

I Kings 18:17-19

Be very wary of those who claim to be prophets or spiritual guides. They will, as in I Kings, work themselves into a religious frenzy, to no avail. Kipling reminds us, in a century old poem, that there is no rest in this.

Our rest and peace in is the Lord.

Zion
1914-18

The Doorkeepers of Zion,
They do not always stand
In helmet and whole armour,
With halberds in their hand;
But, being sure of Zion,
And all her mysteries,
They rest awhile in Zion,
Sit down and smile in Zion;
Ay, even jest in Zion;
In Zion, at their ease.

The Gatekeepers of Baal,
They dare not sit or lean,
But fume and fret and posture
And foam and curse between;
For being bound to Baal,
Whose sacrifice is vain,
Their rest is scant with Baal,
They glare and pant for Baal,
They mouth and rant for Baal,
For Baal in their pain!

But we will go to Zion,
By choice and not through dread,
With these our present comrades
And those our present dead;
And, being free of Zion
In both her fellowships,
Sit down and sup in Zion —
Stand up and drink in Zion
Whatever cup in Zion
Is offered to our lips!

Rudyard Kipling