Elul 5779 – Teshuvah- Day 26 (9/26/19)

Posted: September 26, 2019 in Song of Songs, Teshuvah 40 Day Devotional

Song 4:6, “Until the day breaks and the shadows flee away, I will go my way to the mountain of myrrh and to the hill of frankincense.” (Maiden speaking)

She responds now that she is willing to go, no matter the cost. She is now willing and obedient.

  • Mountains are obstacles that hinder her obedience.
    • Hills are smaller obstacles, like little foxes, distractions
  • Shadows are
  • Myrrh is a burial spice, but has an amazing fragrance. It speaks of a burial spice to our flesh and a fragrance to our spirit.
    • The mountain of Myrrh is definitely not for comfort, it will be a sacrifice of her flesh. We have to take up our cross and deny ourselves on this mountain
  • Frankincense speaks of prayer in the East. (Ps 141:2; Rev 5:8)
    • She will have to go up the hill of prayer to receive the supernatural strength to go up the mountain of Myrrh, to die to the flesh. Our prayer life empowers us to climb the hill of self denial.
  • Shadows speak of areas of weakness and insecurities that hinder us in our walk of faith
  • MY WAY?  Really? There is still more to be done.  That is, unless she was saying I am not going to do like everyone else, I want the path You have chosen for me Lord.

Now the Beloved calls her ‘beautiful’, 1 of the 13 times in this book.

Song 4:7, “You are ALL fair, my love, and there is no spot in you.” 

  • ALL fair, ‘altogether beautiful’. This is the first time it is used in this book. She is being commended and honored for her obedience.
  • No Spot – because He sees her heart. She still has shadows of weaknesses, but He is looking at her willing heart.
  • Matthew Henry comments, “The spiritual sacrifices must be without blemish. There is no spot but such as is often the spot of God’s children, none of the leopard’s spots. The church, when Christ shall present it to himself a glorious church, will be altogether without spot and wrinkle.”

Song 4:8, “Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon. Look from the top of Amana, from the top of Senir and Hermon, from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards.”

  • This is the first time that He has referred to her as ‘my spouse’. She is now serving out of love from her heart.
  • Lebanon is full of fragrance and flowing rivers, symbolizing rest. First she is invited to ‘arise’ and now the invitation is ‘to follow’ him to the mountaintops.(‘tops’)
    • 3 mountaintops -speaking of looking down from your seated position
  • The three mountain tops below are from Watchman Nee’s commentary.
  • “Amana” means truth. We can look down from this peak. We can dwell on the peak of all the real things in Christ.
    • Amana means ‘fixed’, sure, covenant, position, a certain position
  • “Shenir” means a soft armor, which signifies the armor given to us by the Holy Spirit. The thought in this verse is totally related to warfare. We often need to consider the things down below with a full view of the heavenly warfare.
    • Shenir is an unused root word and means to be pointed, peak
  • “Hermon” means destruction, which refers to Christ’s victory on the Cross.
    • Hermon means abrupt, from H2763 ‘to devote’, to religious uses, to be blunt as to the nose, make accursed, consecrate, utterly destroy, devote, forfeit
  • Lions are “roaring
  • Leopards are “swift & fierce
    • These speak of our earthly battles, spiritual warfare (Eph 6:10-12)
    • No matter how bad the battle ‘sounds’ or ‘look’, we must see them from our ‘seated position’ in Christ Jesus

This verse refers to the beast on the mountain tops of Lebanon: Habakkuk 2:17, ““For the violence done to Lebanon will overwhelm you, and the devastation of its beasts by which you terrified them, because of human bloodshed and violence done to the land, to the town and all its inhabitants.” (NASB)

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