by Joe Alain

The Sign And The Sword
Joe Alain
Luke 2:34-35

A First-Person Dramatic Monologue

I'll never forget that day in the Temple. I had been a worshipper of God for many years. I loved the Temple -- the house of God -- and came there as often as I could. As my forefathers had worshipped the one true God, so I also believed and worshipped the Lord. My heart rejoiced when the Levitical choirs proclaimed from the Temple courts "Let us go into the house of the Lord" ( Ps. 122:1 ). I loved God's house! And "I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness" ( Ps. 84:10 ). Coming to worship at the Lord's house -- the Temple -- was not unusual for me, but this day was different. God was doing a "New Thing." I could sense it. No, there was something different about this day.

I had been praying and seeking for a long time that God would come and redeem us -- His people. The people in Jerusalem said that I was a "Just" man. I did not mind being known as a man with a good reputation. I tried to be just in my dealings with all men as God Himself would. I was not doing anything special. I was just trying to live my life after God's word. After all, that is what God expects of all those who name the name of the Lord. I wanted to be Holy as God was Holy. God has shown us all how He wants us to live, as Micah our prophet has said: "He has shown you, O man what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? " ( Micah 6:8 ).

People also said that I was a "Devout" man. This I did not mind either. In fact I wanted people to know where I stood. My allegiance was to the Lord and if I was to be branded as a "God-fearer" then praise be to my God! For me nothing else mattered but to love God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my might ( Deut. 6:4 ). As for me and my house, we would serve the Lord! ( Joshua 24:15 ). I desired to be zealous for my God. There wo ...

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