Tishri 5780 – Teshuvah Day 38 (10/8/19)

Posted: October 8, 2019 in Song of Songs, Teshuvah 40 Day Devotional

Song 8:5, “Who is this coming up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I awakened you under the apple tree. There your mother brought you forth; there she who bore you brought you forth.”

Who is speaking the first part? (NKJV says it is relatives) This reminds me of the story of the 10 Cow Bride, one of my favorite stories. It matters what our beloved things of us. We become what Jesus beholds. He sees us beautiful and accepted. https://russritchel.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/the-ten-cow-wife/

She is not coming in holy confidence, totally trusting

  • Under the Apple Tree is remembrance of where she came from (2:3)
  • “I awakened you” is spoken by the King; referring to when he found her, she was robed in guilt and shame
  • Apple Tree – under the refreshment of Jesus shade

Watchman Nee, “We must pay attention to what the wilderness refers to. The wilderness for us is not just a wandering life, but the world itself. Not only is there a wilderness in the spiritual realm; there is also a wilderness in the fleshly realm. We must not only be delivered spiritually from the wilderness of wandering, but we must be delivered from this earthly wilderness as well. When the Lord reigns within us through the Holy Spirit, we begin to leave behind a fluctuating life. When we hear the call for the rapture, we will be delivered from the worldly environment. The cross of Christ delivers us from the spiritual wilderness, and the coming of Christ delivers us from the earthly wilderness.”

  • The closer she gets to her beloved, the clearer her identity becomes
  • Leaning on our Beloved – we constantly leave the world behind and come up again and again until the Lord takes us away

Song 8:6, “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, jealousy as cruel as the grave; its flames are flames of fire, a most vehement flame.”

Jesus stands before the Church as the fully God and fully Man Bridegroom, urgently asking them to ask Him to put a seal of fire (God’s love) upon our heart that no waters of darkness can put out.

  • Jesus, as the Jealous God, wants all of us and wants to reveal Himself to us as the Jealous Bridegroom that will not share us with anyone else https://youtu.be/QFdeOT3lzqc?t=1
  • Progressive fire – begins when we are born again (Eph 1:13)
    • The maiden begins asking for the kisses of his mouth & ends with the seal upon her heart
    • Jesus’ prayer for us from John 17:26, “..that the love which You have bestowed upon Me may be in them…” (spiritually imparted into us)
    • Romans 5:5, “…for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts..”
    • Luke 3:16, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”
  • Seal upon my heart, arm
    • Heart is our inner life (intimacy, love)
    • Arm is our ministry (activity, strength)
    • In ancient times a king’s seal of wax was placed on important documents – only to be opened for the intended. This seal was the authority of the king and backed up by the entire kingdom

Watchman Nee, “Just as the priests bore the Israelites upon their breasts and their shoulders, remember me constantly in Your heart and sustain me with Your arm……My trust is not in my holding power, but in Your holding power…From this point on, everything depends on Your strength and Your love.”

  • Strong as death – force, everything created to live is also destined to die (Ecc 3:2)
    • Watchman Nee, “Death holds its captives and keeps them firmly, unrelentingly, and unshakably in its hand. If You love me, I will not be shaken, because Your love cannot possibly be weaker than death. “If You love me, Your jealousy will follow..”
  • Grave – sheol, abode of the dead, place of no return, underworld, hell
    • Watchman Nee, “What can be crueler than Sheol? A person may be the most lovable one, the most adorable one, or the most precious one, but when Sheol comes to claim a sinner, it will not care if such a one is lovable or adorable. No tears, sorrow, or pleading can move its heart. It does not know mercy and compassion. It has no sympathy or feeling. It is cruel.”
  • The fire of love that Peter experienced in Acts 2 drove out all of his fears and weaknesses
    • James 4:5, “…The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome] with a jealous love?”
    • Hebrews 12:29, “For our God is a consuming fire”

Song 8:7, “Many waters cannot quench love, nor can the floods drown it. If a man would give for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly despised.”

  • Many waters – trials, sin, pressure that comes from the enemy to put out flame or passion for Jesus
  • Floods of water – totally keep the fire out; persecutions from the enemy
  • We cannot earn or buy the Love of Jesus. That would bring us back to the Law
    • We must receive His love and grace by faith
    • Faith cannot be drowned out by ‘many waters’

 

 

 

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