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TANATA is devoted to discussing the paradoxes and the mysteries of life, among which is the paradox of the coexistence of good and evil. “God is love,” John tells us. Evil exists, we would suggest, not because God is detached or unconcerned, but because free will exists which is required for true, unforced love to exist. Still, it is painfully hard to reconcile this paradox. We believe that all evil one day will be judged and destroyed, until then we must pray.

DANIEL 7:13-14

13 “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.

14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom the one which shall not be destroyed.

REVELATION 1:7

7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.

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Sunday
May132007

« Leviathan Drools »

The stage is set before us, and in its center
Stands the Serpent’s Well, the Virgin’s Fount,
Which pulses with water in a rhythmic count
From the rains which fell in Jerusalem’s winter.
Vast reservoirs in the regions hinter,
Far below the Holy Mount
Surge against the rock without a sound,
Causing the molded rock to wear and splinter.
The water is no match for the rock;
Yet labyrinths have formed and hidden tunnels.
An enormous trap door has been unlocked;
Elsewhere, the swirling water has formed a funnel.
Beneath the players for fuel and water, who ignore the clock,
Life and death are beginning to rumble.

Has the lead in this ancient play been cast as a fool?
Has he been instructed to ignore these signs
By a legacy of fools, which is strewn behind …
Which doom the fool who now breaks the rules?
The fresh surging water is delicious and cool;
A vision which bubbles in attentive minds.
When the prey has ventured just beyond the line,
The agreement is broken, and Leviathan drools.
In arid lands, where river waters are rationed,
The pursuit for life is never ending —
And becomes a recipe for confrontation,
As stiff-necked men are relentless, unbending.
A charge set off in every nation …
Propels perdition’s prince, with all the demons attending.  

Scenes progress to the turning point and beyond,
Bringing us from the past to the present day,
Which reminds us that man has tried every way
To seize and harness water from streams, pools and ponds.
The road into Jerusalem is strewn with fronds,
As the people cry Hosanna along the way
To welcome a most unlikely king, who could not stay,
Who climbed the high place to the Gihon.
The Well, the Fount, the gushing spring,
Named for one of four rivers around Eden’s wall,
Destinations for David, Isaiah, Nehemiah and a future king,
Where ignorant Ahaz might have avoided his fall …
Had he only heeded the message Isaiah and son would bring
And found hope in the One with living water for all.

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