Tishri 5780 – Teshuvah Day 35 (10/5/19)

Posted: October 5, 2019 in Song of Songs, Teshuvah 40 Day Devotional

Songs 7:6, “How fair and how pleasant you are, O love, with your delights! (7) This stature of yours is like a palm tree, and your breasts like its clusters.”

  • Palm tree was a symbol of victory and conquest (Rev 7:9) and of maturity (Jeremiah 10:5)
    • It thrives in drought because the roots are deep
    • It is strong, high and straight
    • Strong winds cannot break a palm tree
  • Her ability to nurture (breasts) as like many palm trees

Songs 7:8, I said, “I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of its branches.”
Let now your breasts be like clusters of the vine, the fragrance of your breath like apples, (9a)  And the roof of your mouth like the best wine.”

  • Apples speak of refreshing
  • Jesus commissions the Bride in a 3-fold ministry
    • To nurture other (breasts)
    • To release the presence of the Spirit
    • Intimacy with Jesus
  • Roof of the mouth gets to enjoy the taste before the rest of the body receives it.
    • The best wine is yet to come: Matt 26:29, “But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”

Songs 7:9b, (The Shulamite replies), The wine goes down smoothly for my beloved, moving gently the lips of sleepers.”

  • Wine goes down smoothly refers to her living in instantaneous agreement with the Holy Spirit’s leadership. She will not choke on the assignment (cup)
    • Continually filled with the Spirit
    • Continually under the leadership of Holy Spirit
  • Moving gently the lips of sleepers- the Holy Spirit will move the sleepers to speak in purity and righteousness, to speak the Word in season and out
  • Matthew Henry, “Unconverted sinners are asleep; saints are often drowsy, and listless, and half asleep; but the word and Spirit of Christ will put life and vigour into the soul, and out of the abundance of the heart that is thus filled the mouth will speak. When the apostles were filled with the Spirit they spoke with tongues the wonderful works of God (Acts 2:10, 12) ); and those who in opposition to being drunk with wine, wherein is excess, are filled with the Spirit, speak to themselves in psalms and hymns.” (Eph 5:18, 19)

Songs 7:10, I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me.”

The Bride’s 2-fold Identity [this reminds me of the movie Overcomer, when the man in the hospital bed asked the question was “who are you” to the Coach who was visiting. He started describing what he did, but forgot the most important thing, He was a child of God]

  1. 10a- She sees herself as one that Jesus desires. This gives us strength to live outside of the opinions of others
  2. 10b-She sees herself as belonging totally to Jesus as her Beloved (I John 4:19), Wanting to please Him, no self interest any more. He owns me, He is my Lord!

BECAUSE, His desire is towards me:

  • I am confident in His constant love
  • I will be ministering out of the overflow of that love

Songs 7:11, “Come, my beloved, let us go forth to the field; let us lodge in the villages.”

  • Her partnership with Jesus is expressed in her intercession to see more of His power released
    • She wants to see His presence released through her labors
    • No longer “I went down” (6:1), but now partnership with Him
    • Mark 16:20, “They went out and preached everywhere”
  • Fields – (plural) fields of service, area in which God places you to serve, family first
  • Villages – (plural) out of the way places of ministry, places where Jesus has not been

Watchman Nee, “Now she is no longer acting alone, and the Lord is no longer acting alone. There is a joint work of “us.” From this point on, we see the fellowship in the work. Since she is liberated from herself, she is also delivered from all narrowness and pettiness. Her focus is no longer on her meeting, her work, her church, or her group. Her attention is the field, the world. She has a world view, not just an “unworldly” view. She is interested in everything that happens in the world. She does not have a so-called work of her own, and she does not have a so-called region of her work. All of the Lord’s work is the sphere of her work. The whole focus is turned to the field.”

 

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