Elul 5779 – Teshuvah Day 7 (9/7/19)

Posted: September 7, 2019 in Song of Songs, Teshuvah 40 Day Devotional
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Songs 1:7, (To Her Beloved) “Tell me, O you whom I love, where you feed your flock, where you make it rest at noon. For why should I be as one who veils herself by the flocks of your companions?”

O you whom I love” — this is her first act of returning (teshuvah). This is her confession of faith. I remember how Peter failed Jesus and denied Him 3 times.

  1. Luke 22:57 (TPT), “What are you talking about, girl? I don’t know him!”
  2. vs 58,  “I’m not one of his disciples.”
  3. vs 60,  “Listen, I don’t know what you’re talking about. Don’t you understand? I don’t even know him.”

Now when the maiden begins to make faith confessions, it reminds me of the 3 faith confessions Peter made that wiped out each one of the denials and gave him a fresh start.

  1. John 21:15, (TPT) “Simon, son of John, do you burn with love for me more than these?” Peter answered, “Yes, Lord! You know that I have great affection for you!” “Then take care of my lambs,” Jesus said.
  2. vs 16, Jesus repeated his question the second time, “Simon, son of John, do you burn with love for me?” Peter answered, “Yes, my Lord! You know that I have great affection for you!” “Then take care of my sheep,” Jesus said.
  3. vs 17, Then Jesus asked him again, “Peter, son of John, do you have great affection for me?” Peter was saddened by being asked the third time and said, “My Lord, you know everything. You know that I burn with love for you!” Jesus replied, “Then feed my lambs!

These choices Jesus used with me when I first was born again in 1982. Everyday for months, John 21:15-17 challenged me everyday. I knew that because this would not leave me, that I was going to have some serious times when I would be make some choices – like a fork in the road, which way to turn. I was led on a forty day fast later that first year. At the end I went into my bedroom and fell on my knees sobbing, “What have You to tell me?” I heard an audible voice “Feed My sheep.” Immediately my strength returned, my tears stopped and I had the call of God on my life to teach the flock. After that happened I had such a drive to study, dig deep into the Word like never before. I was never good in school, but now I was challenged to study and study.

Where do you feed your flock?” , “Where will you feed me?” Watchman Nee shares, “Because of her need for nourishment she directs her attention now to where she can be fed…..” I remember in 1982 when I first received Jesus into my heart, I could not get enough of the Word of God. Ken and I spent hours each night after work around our dining room table with Bibles, Strong’s Concordance, Vines, notebooks and we were starved for all we could get. When we found a Bible teacher we moved to another state to be part of his church. We were like little birds with our mouth open, we were so hungry for the Word.

“Rest at noon”;  Proverbs 4:18, Path of the just is as a shining light, that shines more and more until the perfect day.” (AMPC- until it reaches its full strength and glory). Noon is the perfect day, when the Sun is at its hottest and brightest.

The only time sheep will rest is when they have a full stomach. Teachers can lead and inspire us, but only Jesus can really feed us. Ps 23:2, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures.” Where is the place my spirit will really be satisfied? Only in His presence.

I was watching Larry Huch’s 7th day of the 40 Days of Shofar this morning and he was sharing statistics of how few preachers will teach the Truth of the Word of God because they may offend some of their congregation and lose givers. Those people sitting in that Church will never be able to lie down and be satisfied, a place where their faith will be truly fed.

Matthew 5:6, (AMPC) “Blessed and fortunate and happy and spiritually prosperous (in that state in which the born-again child of God enjoys His favor and salvation) are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), for they shall be completely satisfied!”

 

 

 

Comments
  1. Cindy Campbell says:

    Thank you so much for the Teshuvah Devotional, I can truly feel the breath of God in them. ❤
    Cindy

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