I'm not particularly proud of this one, but at some point I just need to be finished and move on.
'Twas almost at the start the Tempter gained
That guile to be the voice that man preferred.
And even ancient Israel was stained,
Persuaded they could live without God’s word.
Enamored with the wealth of other lands,
They traded humble deeds for spear and sword.
Through time we’ve fallen captive to his hands:
He’s taught us all to test our gracious Lord.
But one day in Judean desert space
The Tempter comes to glimpse his final hour.
A new Man, Spirit-led and full of grace
Rejects his deals for bread and wealth and pow’r.
And thus the Tempter’s guile began to wane,
His power broken. Now Christ, our Lord, will reign.
image: "Temptation on the Mount," Duccio di Buonisegna, 1308-1311