O Lord (O Adonai)

The second of the Great O Antiphons of Advent.
“O Adonai, and leader of the House of Israel, who appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush and gave him the law on Sinai: Come and redeem us with an outstretched arm.

Based on: Based on Exodus 6:6 “Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. “

O Lord, as Sinai’s burning bush blazed with fire
You answered Moses saying “I AM,” is your name,
And promised your arm would reach and never tire
Until your son you saved from slavery and shame.
Even while gathering the bread you sent each day
And resting in the presence of shrouded Sinai’s peak
The people complain, reject the word, and stray
From Him who’s love it is to rescue those who’re weak.
Whether Pharaoh or Self, my arms cannot bear
The weight of the oppressing world’s pretenders and lords
Shackled in silence caught again in sin’s snare
Paying a jailer off in lies for the rightness I can’t afford.
But the I AM in a manger laid bare His arm and crossed
Reached down to our humanity to redeem the bound and lost.

(c) Randy Edwards

artwork: Moses and the Burning Bush ; Michiel van der BORCH ; illuminated miniature on vellum from Jacob van Maerlant’s « Rhimebible » of Utrecht ; manuscript MMW 10 B 21; Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague

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