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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)

Today we are taking a day away from the devotional of the Song of Songs. Today in history is the FIRST DAY OF CREATION. While other religions ‘start’ their calendar from the founding of the religion, the Jewish calendar begins with Creation, but the year does not change until the ‘creation of mankind’. (Rosh HaShanah) Everything in Creation was in place before man was created.

Genesis 1:1, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (2) The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (3) Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. (4) And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. (5) God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

I truly believe that between verses 1 & 2 there are billions of years. I believe the Bible tells us about 3 periods of Heaven and Earth:

  1. The world that then was (2 Peter 3:6; Gen 1:1-2) dateless past. This is why scientists do not believe the Bible, because they have proven things millions of years old and our Bible covers the past 4000+ years. (2000 from Creation to Abraham, 2000 years from Abraham to Jesus)
  2. The heavens and the earth which are now (2 Peter 3:7; Gen 1:3-2:25) Time began on the 4th day
  3. The new heavens and the new earth (2 Peter 3:13; Isa 65:17; 66:22-24; Rev 21-22

Earth WAS (Hebrew Hayah)- this means fall out, come to pass, become, be, happen, occur, come to pass. God made the earth perfect (Deut 32:4; Ps 111:3, Is 45:18), but by verse 2 there was chaos and confusion. (Isaiah 48:18)

Without Form and Void – “Tohu Va Bohu” (see below)

  • Isaiah 48:18, (NLT) For the LORD is God, and he created the heavens and earth and put everything in place. He made the world to be lived in, not to be a place of empty chaos. “I am the LORD,” he says, “and there is no other.
  • Empty chaos is “tohu va’ bohu’.
    • Tohu means formless confusion, unreality, emptiness, chaos, waste
    • Va – and
    • Bohu – emptiness

Let is a powerful word!! Let there be light. Anytime ‘let’ is used in Creation, it is to turn back on, renew.

Finis Dakes Reference Bible, pg 52 expounds on ‘let”: “Let is used 13 times in this Chapter (1), 1464 times elsewhere, and in no case is an original creative act-implied. The sense is made to appear or made visible, expressing permission and purpose in connection with already existing things. The light, firmament, waters, earth, darkness and all other things mentioned here were already in existence, but had been thrown into chaos and the laws which previously govern annulled because of sin. Now the restoration to perfection and original usefulness, God merely commands and the sun gives light on this planet, as it had done all through Lucifer’s kingdom. (Jer 4:23-26; 2 Peter 3:5-8) Thus the light of days 1, 2, 3 came from the sun as has been the case every day since. Cp. let in Gen 13:8; 18:4; 24:14-18; Mt 7:4; 13:30; 27:22; John 14:1; Phil 2:5; for the true sense.”

On the First Day of Creation the light was not created, it was divided.

This is why the Jewish day begins at sundown. After every day it ends, “So the evening and the morning were the first day”. Evening comes before morning each day. 

 

The King sees her as beautiful and is calling her out of her ‘comfort zone’ – calling her higher!!! She has now made a heart change  (decision of the heart) and he is calling her mature.

Song 4:1, “Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold, you are fair! You have dove’s eyes behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats, going down from Mount Gilead.”

These is agricultural language, a language she is very familiar with, full of idioms. He uses 8 virtues of Agriculture. (8 means ‘new beginning’) For us today, if your husband told you that ‘you have hair like a flock of goats and teeth like a flock of shorn sheep‘, he may be looking a couch for his bed for a few nights.

  • Fair – beautiful. He called her ‘fair’ twice. He is saying over and over again, ‘You are beautiful and I love you’
  • Dove’s Eyes – eyes of single-minded devotion and loyalty. Eyes that speak of insight, revelation (Eph 1:18). Veiled with humility, speaks of the secret life, private. Her eyes are not going to go anywhere that would separate her from him.
  • Hair like Goats -the speaks of her dedication to God.
    • Hair of a Nazarite was his outward sign of commitment to God. Paul spoke of a  woman’s hair showing forth glory (I Cor 11:5,6,15).
  • Flock of Goats – majestic and stately in their walk
  • The goats of Mount Gilead were abundantly fed, very fertile area. She has been fed on the Word and love of God

Song 4:2, “Your teeth are like a flock of shorn sheep which have come up from the washing, every one of which bears twins, and none is barren among them.”

  • Teeth represent chewing; able to receive the ‘meat of the Word’, no longer needing baby nourishment
  • Shorn Sheep are balanced, no longer in danger of falling due to thick coat of wool and  not being able to get back up.
    • Wool represents flesh, natural life. Priests were not to wear wool because it made them sweat.
  • Washing – from the water of the Word of God (Eph 5:26)
  • Twins represents a double portion
  • He is saying that her ministry (to him) is fruitful and not barren

Song 4:3, “Your lips are like a strand of scarlet, and your mouth is lovely. Your temples behind your veil are like a piece of pomegranate.”

  • Lips like scarlet – speech that is redemptive (scarlet symbolic of Blood). Her words ‘buy back’, ‘redeem’ – the words she speaks lift people up to the things of God to a state where they are ordained to be
  • Mouth speaks of intimacy
  • Veiled temples – cheeks, emotions, impacted by the grace of God. Veiled speaks of the ‘hidden life’ that no one else sees
  • Watchman Nee comments, “Only lips that have passed through redemption, that are subject to the Lord’s authority, and that do not speak according to one’ own will have a ‘comely’ speech. The teeth are mentioned before the lips because if something wrong is taken in, whatever comes out will surely be wrong.”

Song 4:4, “Your neck is like the tower of David, built for an armory, on which hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.”

  • Neck like David’s tower – this represents the will & choices.
    • Her mind, will and emotions are set and strong, like David’s tower.
    • A stiff-neck represents pride
    • When an enemy was taken, a foot was put on the neck of the enemy show forced to submit.
    • She willingly submitted to the things of God and her Beloved.

Song 4:5, “Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle, which feed among the lilies.”

  • Breasts – this is the power to feed and nurture others
    • Faith and Love are the same size – you cannot have one without the other
  • Fawns – young; the old woman will run dry, but she will continue to flow and feed others
  • Lilies speak of purity and humility

Watchman Nee taught that verses 6-11 were not spoken by the Beloved or his beloved maiden, but rather the Holy Spirit speaking through the inhabitants of Jerusalem. The question of Vs 6 is spoken one of them and the replies that follow are spoken by others, revealing the scene before them.

Song 3:6, “Who is this coming out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all the merchant’s fragrant powders?”

What they see in the distant cloud of dust, rising like columns of smoke, approaching from the wilderness. We learn later that it is caused by a progression of men, carrying the Beloved and his beloved maiden on a palanquin.

  • Wildernessmidbar, pasture, uninhabited land, desert, or mouth
  • Pillars of smoke – smoke represents the glory of God in the Tabernacle. Smoke comes out of fire, revealing Holy Spirit investing her with new truth.
  • Myrrh – burial spice, He is perfumed, no longer smells of death, rising to God as a sweet smelling sacrifice; first born from the dead
  • Frankincense – Used in the Holy Place & Holy of Holies.  Jesus is rising to His role as High Priest (Heb 7:25)
  • Merchant Powders – Merchant is singular. This speaks of Jesus’ commitment to us, at a cost of faith and obedience. Matthew 13:45-46; merchant finds a pearl at great price (Church); sold all. 

First Reply: Song 3:7, “Behold, it is Solomon’s couch, with sixty valiant men around it, of the valiant of Israel. (8) They all hold swords, being expert in war. Every man has his sword on his thigh because of fear in the night.’

Solomon’s Couch/Palanquin: a portable enclosed chair, royal wedding bed. Charles Spurgeon preached, “Great princes of the East are in the habit of traveling in splendid palanquins, which are at the same time chariots and beds. The person reclines within, screened by curtains from public view; a body-guard protects the equipage from robbers, and blazing torches light up the path along which the travelers proceed.”

  • This speaks of our rest with Him. Just as the world cannot see Jesus or the Church right now, hidden in spiritual places, but very real.
  • We are seated with Him ABOVE this evil world.  Where He is seated, there are great victories while on earth darkness prevails.
  • 60 Men – There are 60 pillars of support in Moses’ Tabernacle
  • Valiantgibbor, they were mighty and experts of war
  • Fear of the night – demonic powers of darkness

Song 3:9, “Of the wood of Lebanon Solomon the King made himself a palanquin. (10) He made its pillars of silver, its support of gold, its seat of purple, its interior paved with love by (for) the daughters of Jerusalem.”

The King made the palanquin Himself!!! The wood of Lebanon was the most beautiful, fragrant, expensive and strongest of all wood. Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” The wood in the Tabernacle was covered with gold because wood represents humanity and gold represents deity. Our life is covered with His grace and all He is.

  • Pillars of Silver – Pillars are what holds up a structure. Silver represents ‘redemption’,
  • Support of Gold – Around the royal seat and base.
    • Support – rĕphiydah, only time used in the Bible. It is the base, the floor, foundation
  • Seat of Purple
    • Seat speaks of our spiritual position, seated with Him in heavenly places, ruling from that seated position IN CHRIST
    • Purple speaks of royalty and authority
  • Interior paved with love (for) the daughters of Jerusalem
    • Pavedratsaph, fit together, patterned, designed.
    • This speaks of the inner workings of God’s love for the entire Church (mature and immature), drawing them to His beauty

Song 3:11, “Go forth, O daughters of Zion, and see King Solomon with the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day of the gladness of his heart.”

Mother is the Church.

  • The Crown represents His power and authority to rule as the King. This crown is a ‘wedding crown’ that the Bridegroom wears to the wedding. Even if Jesus has all authority, He will not force us to crown Him, this only comes by ‘voluntary love’.

Enjoy this song as you meditate. https://youtu.be/O6lBUAWCE2s?t=1

 

 

 

 

The Cost of Delay and Reward of Obedience

Song 3:1, By night on my bed I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him.

Before it was ‘our bed’, now it is ‘my bed’, she stayed behind and did not go with Him.

There are four different ‘nights’ in our spiritual life in which we seek the Lord

  1. The night hours (inconvenience)
  2. The night (dark time) of pain (difficulties)
  3. The night (dark time) of  temptation (struggle, failures)
  4. The dark night of the soul (when you don’t feel His presence, seems like He is gone)

Song 3:2,  “I will rise now,” I said, “and go about the city; in the streets and in the squares I will seek the one I love.” I sought him, but I did not find him.

Verse 1 speaks of seeking him on her bed, but not moving. She just has wishful thinking. Now she arises, just like the prodigal son did in Luke 15:18 when he finally came to his senses.

In this time in our walk, Jesus will purposely make us feel His absence. Deuteronomy 4:29 and I Chronicles 28:9 tell  us that if we seek Him with all our heart we will find Him.

Song 3:3,  The watchmen who go about the city found me; I said, “Have you seen the one I love?”

The city is Jerusalem, speaking of Heavenly places. This is the first evidence of reviving affections, now she is getting desperate. She leaves the comfort of her bed, but the watchman cannot find Jesus for you! We have got to realize that Jesus wants us personally to seek Him with out whole heart. Ministers can teach, lay hand on you for healing, give a prophetic word……but there is no person who can bring you into that intimate place with Jesus.

Matthew Henry comments, “Those that would seek Christ so as to find him must lose no time.”

Song 3:4,  Scarcely had I passed by them, When I found the one I love. I held him and would not let him go, until I had brought him to the house of my mother, and into the chamber of her who conceived me.

She found him! She found the one she loves! It is better than comfort, it is better than hanging with the daughters of Jerusalem. She only found him when she rose up out of obedience and desperation. Desperate times require desperate seeking.

House of my mother: Church, Body of Christ, those who hurt her. Remember how they had misused her beyond her strength in Chapter 1, now she is allowing him to go to the wounds, the hurts.

Chamber of her who conceived me: to your closest family members. A place of smallness, those who have no respect for her faith, they are all too familiar with her failures.

She held him, would not let her go until he went with her to the areas of hurt in her life. The greatest hurt will come from Church people you trust and family members. But we need to forgive and go on. Only when she is emotionally delivered will she be able to go on in obedience and follow him no matter what.

But she holds onto him, she wants it on her terms. He is not yet Lord.

Now the King speaks protection over her.

Song 3:5, I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, Do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases.

3 times he gives this charge: 2:6; 3:5; 8:4. All 3 times he is speaking to the immature believers to not allow any distraction to the maiden, Jesus is not finished with us yet.

 

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

 

We have now come to the half-way point of the 40 Days of Teshuvah. I hope you are hearing our King Jesus speaking to you through this Holy of Holies in the Bible.

Song 2:14, ““O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.”

  • Watchman Nee has verses 14-15 spoken by the maiden, but Mike Bickle and Passion Translation both have this as the King-Bridegroom speaking, NKJV have her brothers speaking in verse 15. The King-Bridegroom is the one who likens her to a dove. The Lord continually reveals His tender affection for us even as we struggle though our fears and failures.

Two places we find God’s grace. 

  • Cleft of the Rock – this is the finished work of the cross, redemption
  • Cliff – secret places of the cliff, the mystery of Jesus’ resurrection.
  • Both Cleft and Cliff speak of Philippians 3:10 (TPT) “And I continually long to know the wonders of Jesus more fully and to experience the overflowing power of his resurrection working in me. I will be one with him in his sufferings and I will be one with him in his death.”

Religion says you cannot be used in ministry until you have your act together. The Gospel (Good News) says ‘stand in the cleft of the rock’, step out into where Jesus is calling us (Ex 33:21; 21-22; 34:5-7)

Jesus wants to see our face and hear our voice in prayer and praise. He does not want us to hide from Him in shame, guilt and condemnation. He wants us to run to Him.

  • Turn you eyes upon Jesus
    Look full in His wonderful face
    And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
    In the light of His glory and grace (Chorus of the song by Alan Jackson)

Songs 2:15,” Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes.”

  • Little foxes of compromise that are in HER life. Foxes are an enemy Harvest and has come to steal, kill and destroy.   The King-Bridegroom does not have little foxes, but He is willing to help her – identification prayer is when you identify with the person/nation you are praying for like Daniel and Nehemiah.
    • Big foxes go after the fruit of the vine
    • Little foxes break off the tender vine branches and leave little change for fruit
      • Little foxes are thought life, use of time, use of money, entertainment, games – and this was written before social media and internet!!! Anything that distract us from the will of God.
  • Vine – Jesus is the Vine and we are the Branches
    • Our vineyard speaks of our fellowship with Jesus and our Heavenly Father
    • Tender Grapes speak of immature area in her walk with God