psalm 78: the jealous kind

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i’ll tell you what i know
but i must warn you up front
it’s not exactly suitable
for children.

i’ve met this one you call god, the
seductive voice in the wilderness
that blows your mind with wonders,
feeding your every craving
with the promise of
glorious redemption.

it’s all fine of course until
your inevitable misstep, you know i’m
a merciful god but do you realize just
how many times i’ve forgiven
your iniquity, how often i’ve
restrained my wrath, how close
i’ve come to unleashing this
pent-up fury upon you?

oh, i know this voice all too well,
the one that whispers i’m so sorry
but you knew i was the jealous kind
when you signed on the line
it’s ok now don’t cry, yes
you’ve taken your punishment
so now i’m taking you back
my one and only
love.


3 Comments on “psalm 78: the jealous kind”

  1. G Nijim says:

    ​SO TOUCHING! Bless you, Rabbi, for reminding us of the essential.

  2. abunaalgodon says:

    So good to see you back at it, brother Brant. We need these.

    So, so much that deserves that pent-up wrath you write of. And all that followed with the deepest desire to be taken back, again and again, as god’s “one and only love”.

    As always, thanks. Cotton

  3. A striking, clarifying portrait of what abusive relationships sound like: their allure and their danger. Partner violence on the theological scale. Scary & well done.


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