Reflections of a Broken Man


Miserabile Visu (Ex Malo Bonum) by StephenMac
October 13, 2008, 8:55 am
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The final song off “New Surrender” by Anberlin. Online consensus is Rev. 13:1 is the driving image behind the song. Not too bad for a band who has just gone mainstream. IMG_0477 - CopyAwesome musically, and the content is an important reminder of what we are moving towards. Our sermon last night was on God’s guidance, finishing off a series on Listening to God Speak. The message was last night, keep your eyes on the prize, and your feet on the path. It was a strong reminder that as Christians, we are moving towards a goal – heaven – and that every choice we make must be aiding our journey there. “A man is coming in thirteen-one“. He’s gonna try and sway us from this goal. Keep your feet on the path. Keep your eyes on the goal – Christ. “Look children to the eastern sky” because that’s where the sun (Son) comes from each morning.

I was just reading the online community discussing the meaning of this song. The lead singer of this band Anberlin, Stephen Christian, is a man with nothing short of sheer lyrical brilliance. Someone made a comment that that final song of their last album (*Fin) made much of the motif of the “Patron Saint of Lost Causes”, which is supposedly Jude’s (author of the book of Jude) title. Supposedly. But interesting that Christian’s last song has made the progression from Jude to Revelation – well I think it’s cool, layers upon layers of meaning. Great to see it in the mainstream music media.

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A red priest broke into our classroom
Caught us children by attention
“Listen closely to the words I speak
Lord knows if we’ll ever, ever again meet”

Spoke such words never spoken before
On the way he declared there were
Miracles like you’ve never seen
From a man who was raised up in the sea

A man is coming in thirteen-one
To charm the daughters and the sons
Scared for our lives, I turned to your hand
Hold this tight while we run, if we still can

What disasters may come
Whatever it may be
At the end of the age
It will land you and me
What tragedy may bring
Whatever may fall
The end of the world
You’ll still belong

Before the red priest took his last breath
He told me, “Child, now don’t forget
The sun will turn dark very soon
Your days are numbered when there’s blood on the moon

“The earth will shake and the sky will fall
The eyes will open of those involved
Don’t take this son, but you’ll be killed
By the man from seven hills”

A man is coming in thirteen-one
To charm the daughters and the sons
Scared for our lives, I turned to your hand
Hold this tight while we run, if we still can

What disasters may come
Whatever it may be
At the end of the age
It will land you and me
What tragedy may bring
Whatever may fall
At the end of the world
You’ll still belong

Look children to the eastern sky
When you hear the voice say your last goodbyes
Look there to the eastern skies
When the ghosts take hold of the men who died
Look children to the eastern sky
When your fathers weep and your mothers cry
Look children to the eastern sky

What disasters may come
Whatever it may be
At the end of the age
It will land you and me
What tragedy may bring
Whatever may fall
At the end of the world
You’ll still belong

Look children to the eastern sky
When you hear the voice say your last goodbyes
Look there to the eastern skies
When the ghosts take hold of the men who died
Look children to the eastern sky
When your fathers weep and your mothers cry
Look children to the eastern sky
Look children to the eastern sky

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2 Comments so far
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love the interpretation! :) God bless you.

Comment by Samuel

Cheers mate,
I posted a few further thoughts in a later post:

http://brokenreflections.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/a-man-is-coming-in-thirteen-one/

I hope you find it helpful…

Comment by StephenMac




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