Tishri 5780 – Teshuvah Day 37 (10/7/19)

Posted: October 7, 2019 in Song of Songs, Teshuvah 40 Day Devotional
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Song 8:1, “Oh, that you were like my brother, who nursed at my mother’s breasts! If I should find you outside, I would kiss you; I would not be despised.”

The Maiden continues to express her love for the Beloved. She is no longer self-seeking, it is all about Him. This is how people feel who are impassioned and consumed with love. When you really find Jesus, make Him first, everything changes and your are going to have a fire in your heart.

  • In the East, family members could be affectionate in public, but public affection between loves was forbidden.
    • Even in a land such as the US, people do not understand and will freely criticize those who are on fire for God.
    • I remember David Wilkerson when God first sent him to New York City to preach on the streets. Ridicule and angry threats availed much, but now we see the fruit of his passion!
  • Matthew Henry comments, ‘The spouse wishes for a constant intimacy and freedom with the Lord Jesus. She was already betrothed to him, but, the nuptials being yet not solemnized and published (the bride, the Lamb’s wife, will not be completely ready till his Second Coming), she was obliged to be shy and to keep at some distance; she therefore wishes she may be taken for his sister, he having called her so (ch. 5:1), and that she might have the same chaste and innocent familiarity with him that a sister has with a brother, an own brother, that sucked the breasts of the same mother with her, who would therefore be exceedingly tender of her, as Joseph was of his brother Benjamin.’

Song 8:2, “I would lead you and bring you into the house of my mother, she who used to instruct me. I would cause you to drink of spiced wine, of the juice of my pomegranate.”

  • We must bring Jesus to places where He will be honored, those who have taught her
    • Often those who have taught us have grown cold and we desire for the fire of God to help them finish well
    • We cannot bless them and be critical of them at the same time
  • Spiced (this is the only time it is used in the Bible)
    • When there was an honored guest, their cup would have spices mixed into the wine – very expensive, costly
    • She promises to serve him, “I will cause”
  • Juice of the pomegranate – graces from her inner life
  • Watchman Nee, “She continues to say, “When that day comes, it will be as if I am leading You into the heavenly Jerusalem. I will forever be taught of grace. All my fruits today are for the making of the sweet wine of that day, which will serve as Your eternal joy. None of the spiritual fruits I have received from You will be for myself. On that day all the pomegranates will be turned into spiced wine for Your satisfaction. I will give everything I have to You, and everything I have will be for Your enjoyment.”

Song 8:3, “His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me.” (4) “ I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases.”

  • Left hand – unseen work of God
  • Right hand – Covenant, the hand of blessing, manifested work of God
  • Matthew Henry, “She doubts not but to experience his tender care of her and affection to her), that she should be supported by his power and kept from fainting in the hardest services and sufferings (His left hand under my head) and that she should be comforted with his love—His right hand should embrace me. While we are following hard after Christ his right hand sustains us, (Ps 63:8)
  • Refer to SOS 3:5 notes, “until ‘she’ is ready” (I think this is the maiden’s voice)
    • Third time : 2:7; 3:5; 8:4)- the first 2 times “by the gazelles of the field” but this time it is omitted because she is mature and not easily distracted, double minded or ‘tossed to and fro’- no more foxes!!!
  • Watchman Nee, “She is now living in the hope of rapture; she is in His hand. Her feeling at the moment is proper. There is no need to arouse her. Do not interfere by the hand of flesh, until she wakes up in the countenance of His face.”

 

 

Comments
  1. Nettie says:

    Reading and thinking on such beautiful words of joyful hope and loving Wisdom stirs my heart with a calming peaceful place of comfort. I Rejoice in it! I humbly submit…HE loves me best!

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