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The Bible In Haiku / Senryu
Author: M B J Pancras

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1. Adam
The unborn human
Made of soil by the Lord
For to rule the world.


2. Eve

Made of Adam’s rib
To live and serve with her mate
But fallen to sin.


3. Disobedience

The act against God
Inclined to the devil’s word
Unbelief in God.


4. Nakedness of Adam and Eve

Disgraced by their sin
Saturated in the fruit
Stripped of holiness.


5. The Garden of Eden

The place of God’s land
Of freedom and temptation
Of good and evil.


6. Satan in Serpent

The one arch rival
Of God, fallen of his pride,
Intruded to rob.


7. The Fruit of knowledge of Good and Evil

A mystery image
Made of God to try His man;
The logic of God.


8. The first parents’ punishment

Drifted from God’s Peace;
Fallen into Satan’s trap;
Of sorrows and death.


9. Abel

A righteous God’s son,
And born to be slain by Cain;
Innocence perceived.


10. Cain

A tool of evil
Shrouded with disgrace and shame;
The root of evil.


11. Noah and the Ark

God’s righteous man
Saved by his obedience
By the Grace of God.


12. The Flood

The Judgment of God
Fallen upon sins;
A great symbol of new life


13. Babel Tower

The evil image,
A symbol of human pride,
Conquered by Wisdom.


14. Abraham

God’s chosen human;
A father of great nations;
The faith understood.


15. Sarah

A blessed mother;
Blessed with Isaac in late age;
Abraham’s true heart.


16. Ishmael

A son of Abram
Born of Hagar by force;
Displeasure of God.


17. Sodom and Gomorrah

The twins of evil,
Cradled by Satan with filth;
Burnt into ashes


18. Lot’s wife

An image of greed;
Ruled by the worldly desire;
A pillar of salt!


19. Isaac

The bond of Lord God
With Abraham for the race;
Faith tested in him.


20. Rebekah

Born to Bethuel
Full of generosity,
Mother of Jacob.


21. Jacob

Power and grace of God
Meant for cunning and deceit;
Yet blessed with Israel.


22. Rachel

A wife of Jacob;
Favourite and pleasing;mother
Of new progeny.


23. Aaron

A high-priest of God;
Elder brother of Moses,
A prophet of God.


24. Andrew

Yea, an apostle of Christ,
Brother of Simon Peter,
Living with the fish.


25. Barabbas

A condemned robber,
A convict praised by the Jews,
Thoughtless of the good.


26. Daniel

A man of visions;
Hero in the Lion’s den,
Unharmed by God’s Hand.


27. David

The psalmist of God,
The second king of Israel,
Guided by the Lord.


28. Samson and Delilah

A fool with muscle
Deprived by an evil force,
Fallen to blind death.

Scheming pretty sex,
Tainted with treachery,
Realm of sedition.


29. Elijah

A Hebrew prophet,
Persecuted for slurring
Ahab and Jez’bel.


30. Elisha

A great successor
Of Elijah, a prophet,
A stern disciple.


31. Enoch

The son of Jared,
Prior to Noah’s Great Flood,
Taken by the Lord.


32. Joseph

Sold to slavery
By his own jealous brothers,
The great vizier.


33. Esau

The twin of Jacob,
Sold his birthright to Jacob,
A son of Isaac.


34. Esther

Beauty embodied,
Then turned a queen of Persia,
Saviour of people.


35. Ezekiel
His book of visions
Predicts the fall of Judah
And Jerusalem.


36. Ezra

Ancient Jewish priest,
Law-maker at the altar,
Sent from Babylon.


37. Gideon

A wise Hebrew judge;
Led the Israel to victory
‘Gainst Midianites.


38. Goliath

Philistine giant
Killed by David with a stone,
Terror to Hebrews.


39. Jesus Christ

He’s the Word of God,
The Way to Eternity,
God in human flesh.


40. John the Baptist

Forerunner of Christ,
Beheaded by King Herod,
Baptizer of Christ.


41. Judas Iscariot

Betrayer of Christ,
Fallen on thirty pieces
Silver to death.


42. Lazarus

Restored from death
By Jesus; for whom Christ wept,
Mary and Martha’s.


43. Lot

Abraham’s nephew;
Escaped Sodom’s destruction,
His wife, salt pillar.


44. Luke

An Evangelist,
A physician, who wrote Acts
And Jesus’ Gospel.


45. Mary Magdalene

A sinful woman,
Redeemed of evil spirits,
Devoted to Christ.


46. Matthew

A tax collector,
An apostle of Jesus,
A Gospel writer.


46. Matthias
A Christ’s Apostle,
Chosen by lot to replace
The Christ’s betrayer.


47. Melchizedek

The priest of Salem,
A prototype of Jesus
Christ’s priesthood of God.


48. Moses

A Hebrew prophet,
Who had led the Israelites
To the Promised Land.


49. Nebuchadnezzar

King of Babylon,
Who destroyed Jerusalem;
Exiled the Jews.


50. Paul

A Christ’s Apostle,
Died as a martyr in Rome;
Wrote great Epistles.


51 Peter

One who left fishing
For Christ as an Apostle,
Denied Christ three times.


52. Pontius Pilate

“What is Truth?” He asked.
The Roman procurator,
His hand in Christ’s death.


53. Solomon

The king of Israel,
Credited with great wisdom,
Son of David.


54. Susanna

The wife of Joachim,
Falsely accused but saved by
Daniel's wisdom.


55. Tetragrammaton

Hebrew Name for God;
Revealed to Moses on Mount
Sinai. Named ‘Yahweh’.


56. Mary

The worldly mother
Of Jesus who fostered Him
Till His death of Cross.


57. Ten Commandments

The law for the Jews
Carved on the stone, and rendered
Through Moses for them.


58. David’s sling

God’s Power hidden,
“Gainst the evil Goliath,
A sign of victory.


59. The Great Flood

The Lord’s Great wrath ‘gainst sins,,
The fair judgment of the Lord
For a new era.


60. Noah’s Ark

God’s Shelter on earth,
A prototype of Jesus
Christ for salvation.


61. Pillar of Salt

Symbol of man’s greed,
Lot’s wife, the victim of greed,
Wrath of human sin.


62. Plagues of Egypt

Curses of the Lord
Upon the sins of Israel,
Lesson to the world.


63. Solomon’s Wisdom

Incomparable
Gift of God to Solomon,
And none on earth has.


64. Psalms

Heartfelt songs to God,
Joy and distressed flow from heart,
Musical prayers.


65. Ecclesiastes

Truth of Vanities,
Preaching the short span of life,
And to fear the Lord.


66. Proverbs

Wise sayings of God,
Hidden truth of life in short,
All quotable quotes


67. Genesis

In the beginning,
Record of God’s creation
And of great nations.


68. Exodus

Israelites’ freedom
From slavery in Egypt;
The book of journey.


69. Leviticus

Book on rituals,
Traditions and practices
Led to the altar.


70. Numbers

The culmination
Of the life of Israelites’
Flight from the bondage.


71. Deuteronomy

Drifting of Israel
In wilderness forty years,
And of Moses’ death.


72. Joshua

Conquest of Canaan,
Campaigns of the Israelites,
Forming of twelve tribes.


73. Judges

Unfaithful Israel
Fallen into punishment,
Cycle of sins ran.


74. Ruth

Ruth accepting God,
Israelites as her own folks,
Liturgical book.


75. I & II Samuel

Forming theology,
God’s Law given through prophets,
Based on Jewish life.


76. I & II Kings

History of Israel
From the death of King David
To Jehoiachin’s aid.


77. I & II Chronicles

Genealogy
From Adam. A narrative
Till Cyrus the Great.


78. Ezra

The first arrival
Of exiles during Cyrus,
About unique Jews.


79. Nehemiah

Firmness to restore
Jerusalem. Appointed
Judah’s Governor.


80. Esther

The queen of Persia;
Upset of the genocide
Of her own people.


81. Job

The vindication
Of God’s justice for man’s woes,
A theology.


82. Song of Solomon

Celebrating
Sexual love and enjoyment;
Erotic passion.


83. Isaiah

Jerusalem be
The centre of worldwide rule
By the Messiah.


84. Jeremiah

Message to the Jews
In exile in Babylon,
For their idol gods.


85. Lamentations

Grief o’er the city’s
Desertion; return to God,
A funeral dirge.


86. Ezekiel

Visions on three themes:
Judgment on Israel; nations,
Blessings for Israel.


87. Daniel

End time portrayal,
Visions and message of God
That He is just God.


88. Hosea

Slur at idol gods,
A metaphorical note:
Israel’s faithlessness.


89. Joel

Great Lamentations
Over locust plague and drought,
Call for repentance.


90. Amos

A short oracle
Announcing God’s great judgment,
Disgrace of great crimes.


91. Sin

The passage to death,
The arch enemy of God,
In various forms.


92. Judas’ Betrayal

It is Judas’ Kiss,
God’s plan destined for Christ’s death,
Closeness defeated.


93. Peter’s Denial

Human fear of man,
Mortal bond ‘gainst Jesus’ Way,
Winning cowardice.


94. I AM

The Name of Lord God,
The Everlasting Father,
Holiness in Christ.


95. Grace

The unmerited
Divine aid to human life
For their saintly life.


96. Mercy

The compassionate
Forbearance shown to the crooks
For their repentance.


97. Gratitude

Of being thankful;
Readiness to love others,
A virtuous act.


98. Repentance

Sorry for one’s crimes,
The divine change from one’s sins,
Pow’r of salvation.


99. Patience

The power of courage,
Tolerance of incitement
With no annoyance.


100. Truth

The Lord Jesus Christ,
The Way to Eternity,
Christ’s Second Coming.


101. Obadiah

An oracle of
Edom’s divine judgment note,
Restore of Israel.


102. Jonah

Swallowed by a fish,
Drifted from God’s commandment,
And then repented.


103. Micah

Jerusalem’s ruin
Predicted; Judah rebuked
For its idol gods.


104. Nahum

Assyrian’s end
Predicted, and Nineveh,
Poetical style.


105. Habakkuk

Five oracles of
Chaldeans rise to power,
Might be a Levi.


106. Zephaniah

Warnings of the Day
Of the Lord with His Judgment
Upon the sinful.


107. Haggai

Rebuilding temple
Greatly to strike poverty
In Jerusalem.


108. Malachi

Of second return
Of prophet Nehemiah
From Persia long time.


109. Mark

Of Jesus’ mission,
Sketch of Christ as a Hero,
A Gospel writer.


110. Luke

An Evangelist;
Doctor who wrote the Gospel,
Might have written Acts.


111. John

Disciple Christ loved,
Revealed Christ, the Word of God,
And Jesus’ mystery.


112. Acts

Birth of Christian Church,
Christ for the Gentiles also,
Luke might be author.


113. Romans

Pauline Epistle
Of salvation through Gospel,
The Church growth in Rome.


114. I & II Corinthians

Rebuking Corinth
Of their infamous life-style,
Paul, a firm preacher.


115. Galatians

The controversy
With the gentiles o’er Moses’
Law for salvation.


116. Ephesians

Keeping Christ’s Body
Pure and holy –that’s the theme,
Paul’s fervent preaching.


117. Philippians

‘Thank You’ note from Paul,
Epaphroditus’ fortunes,
Canonical note.


118. Colossians

Christ’s supremacy
Over the whole universe,
Godly life to lead.


119. I & II Thessalonians

Firm preaching of Christ,
Salvation only in Christ,
All must be redeemed.


120. I & II Timothy

Leadership in Church,
Warnings against false doctrines,
The roles of women.


121. Titus

Unruly false teachers,
Who led people towards death,
A scathing attack.


122. Philemon

Self-designation
As a prisoner of Jesus,
Prayerful request.


123. Hebrews

Christ, the Radiance of God’s
Glory; the Express Image,
Upholding all things.


124. James

Patience in trials,
Christians to overcome sins,
Consistent in Christ.


125. I & II Peter

Steadfastness in faith,
Christian virtues exalted,
False teachers condemned.


126. I, II & III John

Fellowship with God,
Not to lose learnt of Jesus,
Hospitality.


127. Jude

Quotes from the ancient,
Admonishes all to live
In Christ forever.


128. Revelation

Obscure images,
Spiritual images,
Symbolic fable.


129. The star from the East

Christ for the Gentiles,
Salvation for everyone,
The world needs a guide.


130. The Magi

Christ, the King of kings,
All shall bow before the Christ,
The Greatest Ruler.


131. The shepherds

God shall not forget
Even the common people,
Pastoral image.


132. The Manger

Christ’s humility,
A virtue of a leader,
Proven example.


133. Mary and Joseph

The Lord’s chosen womb,
And the chosen guardian
Of the Divine Babe.


134. Scourges upon Christ

Sins of the mankind,
The obedience of man
To satanic law.


135. Crown of Thorns

Pleasures of the world
At the cost of Divine Love,
Unholy worship.


136. Crucifixion

The old law been sealed,
The Law of Love to open,
The sin on the Cross.


137. “Why hast Thee forsaken Me?”

Sin separated
Man from God. Great agony
Without holy God.


138. The Garden of Gethsemane

A communion
Betwixt Christ and the Father,
Blood of agony.


139. Miracles of Jesus Christ

The Power of God
Manifested upon Christ
That the world knows HIM


140. The Early Days of Jesus

A preparation
For the Divine Ministry
That man follows HIM.


141. Jesus’ First Coming

The Way born for man
Unto God the Eternal,
Of Mercy and Love.


142. Christ’s Second Coming

End of human life,
Christ the Judge to curse sinners,
Steadfast in HIS Plan.


143. Jesus’ Resurrection

Death has lost its sting,
The arch foe of God defeated,
Mankind begets Hope.


144. The Pentecost

The Spirit of God
Descended upon people
To proclaim the Word.


145. Atheist

The terrible phase
Of mankind which rejects God,
Shrouded with darkness.


146. Disbelief in Christ

Shrouded with glamour,
Lover of Death forever,
Sipping sweet poison.


147. Idol Worship

Brutal devotion,
Acrobatic somersaults,
Towards the Chasm.


148. Temptation

Sugar-coated trap,
Poison in enticing fruit,
A sweet hug to fall.


149. A soul between good and evil

Between Life and Death,
Walking on a strip of thread,
A sword on one’s throat.


150. Satan

Fallen Lucifer
With unseemly countenance
Wolfing human souls.


151. Heaven

God’s Abode ever,
Ineffable Glory reigns,
Joyous Light dwelleth.


152. Hell

The pit of Satan,
Agonizing gnashing teeth,
The endless darkness.


153. Judas’ Kiss

Outright betrayal,
Unrepentant self-collapse,
Thirty silver bits.


154. Sermon on the Mount

Beatitudes of life,
Truth preached with figures of speech,
The Voice of the Lord.


155. Eternity

The timeless journey,
No halts; no breaks; no fatigue,
Existence ever.

------- Author's Notes -------

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