Poems from Book of Matthew

(Mt. 2:1-2)

The Magi

Where is the One

Born King of Jews?

We’ll worship Him;

This is good news.

 

(Mt. 2:13-14)

Angels Sang

The angels sang

On Christmas morn−

To mankind was

A Savior born.

 

(Mt. 4:3-4)

Bread from Stones

The tempter said,

“Make bread from stones;”

“But man can’t live

On bread alone.”

 

(Mt. 4:3-4)

Jesus Responds to Satan

“Man cannot live

On bread alone,”

And He would not

Make bread from stones.

 

(Mt. 4:7)

Don’t Test the Lord

Don’t test the Lord;

Serve him alone;

Let God’s Word pierce

Your heart of stone.

 

(Mt. 5:13-15)

Salt of Earth

You’re salt of earth,

Light on a hill;

The Spirit rules

When flesh is killed.

 

(Mt. 5:25, 28, 7:6)

Admonitions

Settle your case,

Don’t throw pigs pearls,

Men, do not look

With lust at girls.

 

(Mt. 5:33-37, 6:24, Luke 16:13)

Oaths, God and Money

It is not wise

To swear an oath;

You can’t serve God

And Money both.

 

(Mt. 5:37)

No and Yes

Let “No” be “No;”

Let “Yes” by “Yes;”

Let people know—

Don’t make them guess.

 

(Mt. 5:38)

Be Perfect

Be perfect, as

Your Father is;

You are his sheep;

All sheep are his.

 

(Mt. 5:45)

The Lord is Fair

The Lord is fair;

He sends the rain

On millionaires

And homeless waifs.

 

(Mt. 6:26)

The Birds Don’t Plant

The birds don’t plant

Or reap or store

In barns, yet they’re

Fed by the Lord.

 

 

 

 

(Mt. 6:46-49)

Sand and Rock

With sand, you’ll be

A laughingstock;

Go build your house

On solid rock.

 

(Mt. 7:1-2)

Don’t Judge

Don’t judge, or you

Will be judged too:

What you mete out

Returns to you.

 

(Mt. 7:13)

The Narrow Gate

Let grudges fly,

Let go of hate:

You enter by

The narrow gate.

 

(Mt. 7:13)

The Narrow Gate

The narrow gate

Will get you in—

Do right by men,

Take care, shun sin.

 

(Mt. 7:13)

Relinquish

Relinquish sin,

Relinquish hate,

The Christian way

Is narrow, straight.

 

(Mt. 7:16)

By the Fruits

By its own fruit

You’ll know a tree;

You’ll know good men

By their good deeds.

 

 

 

(Mt. 7:22-23,

2 Peter 2:6-7)

Lawlessness

Men like to make

Their own rules up,

Defying God

Like vicious pups.

 

(Mt. 8:23-27)

The Wind and Waves

The wind and waves

Obeyed his words;

Of such a man

They had not heard.

 

(Mt. 9:37, Luke 10:2)

The Harvest

The harvest, great,

The workers, few,

Ask God to send

The workers through.

 

(Mt. 10:7, 16)

Be Shrewd

Be shrewd as snakes

And innocent

As doves, and preach

The Word where sent.

 

(Mt. 10:26-33)

What is Concealed

What is concealed

Will be revealed;

Pursue the Lord

With faith and zeal.

 

(Mt. 11:4-6)

The Blind Can See

The blind can see,

The dead are raised,

The lame can walk,

And God is praised.

 

 

 

(Mt. 11:30)

Though I Be Sad

Though I be sad,

Wear mourning cloak,

Jesus gives me

An easy yoke.

 

(Mt. 12:36, Romans 14:12,

2 Cor. 5:10)

I Count My Days

I count my days,

My days so short;

To God I’ll give

My full report.

 

(Mt. 13:46)

Pearl

He found a stone,

Best in the world,

Sold all he owned

To have the pearl.

 

(Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44,

Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:5-15)

Feeding Five Thousand

They had two fish

And five bread loaves–

With that, Christ fed

Five thousand folks.

 

(Mt. 14:22-33)

He Water-Walked

He water-walked

And healed the lame,

And for my sins

He took the blame.

 

(Mt. 19:20, 21)

Lack

“What do I lack?”

The rich man asked;

“Sell what you own—

That is your task.”

 

 

 

(Mt. 20:29-34)

Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
“We want our sight,”

Said two blind men;

He touched their eyes,

They saw again.

 

(Mt. 21:22)

If You Believe

As you may pray,

If you believe,

What you ask for,

You will receive.

 

(Mt. 22:11-14)

No Wedding Clothes

How is it, man,

No wedding clothes?

Guards, tie him up

And out he goes.

 

(Mt. 24:42)

The End Will Come

The end will come,

So stay awake

And you’ll be strong

When mountains quake.

 

(Mt. 25:1-13)

Five Virgins

Five virgins kept

Their lamps’ oil high

But five did not—

The Groom passed by.

 

(Mt. 25:21)

How Do You Know?
How do you know

When you have won?

When Jesus says,

“Well done, my son.”

 

(Mt. 26:75, Luke 22:62)

Peter Wept

While Romans, Greeks

And Arabs slept,

A rooster crowed

And Peter wept.

 

 

 

(Mt. 27:1-5)

Judas

For silver I’ve

Betrayed the Lord;

A sin like this

I can’t afford.

 

(Mt. 27:34, Mark 15:39)

The Soldier Saw

The soldier saw

Him crucified

And knew that Love

In flesh had died.

 

(Mt. 27:35, Malachi 3:8-12)

They Threw Dice

Then, they drew dice

For Jesus’ robe;

Now, men rob God

Around the globe.

 

(Mt. 27:38, Mark 15:27,

Luke 23:39)

Side by Side with Jesus

A rebel and

A common thief:

One mocked and scoffed;

One gained belief.

 

(Mt. 27:51)

The Torn Veil

When Jesus died,

The veil was torn;

To know Him, you

Must be reborn.

 

(Mt. 27:54, Mark 15:39)

The Soldier’s Revelation

The soldier said,

“He is divine,”

As Jesus bled

Incarnadine.

 

(Mt. 28:19-20)

To Nations Preach

To nations preach,

Proclaim the Word

To places where

No one has heard.

 

(Mt. 28:20)

I’m with You

And surely I’m

With you each day

Down to the end

Of the whole age.