Elul 5779 – Teshuvah Day 21 (9/21/19)

Posted: September 21, 2019 in Song of Songs, Teshuvah 40 Day Devotional
The Battle between Flesh and Spirit. 

Songs 2:16, “My beloved is mine, and I am his. He feeds his flock among the lilies.”

The maiden is understanding her failure to rise when called. How she boldly confesses her relationship with Him. This is her 2nd confession of her heart’s progression to give it totally for the King-Bridegroom.

  1. 1:14, “My beloved is to me”–  all about self, what Jesus can do for her
  2. 2:15, “My beloved is mine and I am His” – Ownership, show she needs to love Him
  3.  6:3, “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine” – His agenda first, then my agenda
  4. 7:10, “I am my beloved’s, and His desire is toward me” – His desire is all I want, totally sold out!

He has fed her several times (1:7,12; 2:4-5) This time the feeding will come with a costly price.

  • Humble place, like how the ‘lilies of the valley’ hang down, her life will be as in surrender. This is a place of purity and obedience. In Chapter 2:1, she spoke of herself as ‘a lily’, now she sees the ‘corporate, Church, lost sheep’ assignment. She will connect with the pure in heart and sincere seekers to follow Him no matter the cost. What about you, are you ready and willing to pay that cost to go beyond you self?
    • Lilies of the Valley

Songs 2:17, “Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag upon the mountains of Bether.”

Now we see she has counted the cost, and she turns back away. “Turn, come back soon. You go ahead, I am staying here, waiting for a more opportune time.”

Okay, now we realize that her spirit was willing but her flesh is weak. She has made another excuse, another delay and failure of obedience. Sound familiar. Yes, like when He starts speaking to me about my body being the temple of the Holy Spirit and I need to keep it strong for ministry……but then by the end of the day I say ‘tomorrow’ I will go to gym.

  • Until the Day breakstomorrow? or does she know herself too well that she is afraid of failure again. Too many time she has tried and quit
  • Shadows flee away – memories of failed attempts, the enemy is always in the shadows, reminding us of our weaknesses and failures
  • Bether – ‘separation‘ cutting or cleaving, such as cutting an animal sacrifice in half
    • The Mountains are obstacles that bring separation (plural)
    • She knows this will separate them, but fear of failure is holding her back

What is holding you back? What is holding me back? SELAH

 

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