Posts Tagged ‘40 Days of Teshuvah’

We use many idioms in our nation that others would never understand. Like, “fork in the road”. Now you are going to see the Beloved idioms from the farming community, that would speak real to her. Just as Jesus would speak to the fishermen about fishing and the farmers about planting seeds.

Song 4:13, “Your plants are an orchard of pomegranates with pleasant fruits, fragrant henna with spikenard,”

  • An orchard is to feed others. This describes her fruitfulness
  • Pomegranates – seeds, abundance of fruit. This speaks of the fruit of the Spirit
  • Henna, kaphor, price of life, ransom, pitch or henna plant

Song 4:14, “Spikenard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense, myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices—”

  • Narda spike of a nard, a very expensive plant from India used for costly perfume
  • Saffron – orange-yellow flower used for flavoring in drinks and confections to promote perspiration for cooling the body
  • Calmus – reed grown by marshes that have a sweet smelling fragrance
  • Frankincense – incense used in prayers offered to God
  • Myrrh – Arabian gum from the bard of a tree, used for sacred oil and embalming
  • Aloes – fragrant Indian tree, used for perfumes
  • Chief spices – from the balsam tree, sweet smelling perfume

I think the Passion Translations lays out vs 13-14 beautifully: “Your inward life is now sprouting, bringing forth fruit. What a beautiful paradise unfolds within you.When I’m near you, I smell aromas of the finest spice, for many clusters of my exquisite fruit now grow within your inner garden. Here are the nine: pomegranates of passion, henna from heaven, spikenard so sweet, saffron shining, fragrant calamus from the cross, sacred cinnamon, branches of scented woods, myrrh, like tears from a tree, and aloe as eagles ascending.”

Song 4:15, “A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon.”

  • The Bride has 3 sources of water
    • Ps 1:3, blessed hearts are like a tree planted by the water
    • Is 1:30, hardened hearts are hard from being dry
  • Three ways the Holy Spirit ministers to us
    • Fountain – hidden source of water from below surface
      • Gardens, plural – enough for us and others
    • Well – stored water to draw as needed
    • Streams – outward flow of water, coming from the high places, refreshing

Now the Maiden replies to His words of love, respect and admiration:

Song 4:16, “Awake, O north wind, and come, O south! Blow upon my garden, that its spices may flow out. Let my beloved come to his garden and eat its pleasant fruits.”

  • THIS IS THE TURNING POINT OF THE WHOLE BOOK!!!
    • Where she shifts from only thinking of what Jesus can do for her, but now she wants to be part of His plan, she wants to be devoted to Him alone.
  • North Winds – tough times, times of challenge to bring us to a new place in Him
    • Challenge is to keep our face to Him in the North Wind
  • South Winds – winds of refreshing, winds that bring us blessings
    • The problem with the south winds is sleep and comfort
  • Blow upon my gardens – my heart and my ministry to be deeply affected
    • Deeply affected, pressed to bring out true fragrance

Now the Beloved sees she has allowed her heart to become His garden. She is no longer just concerned about her inheritance in Him, now it is His inheritance in her.

Song 5:1, I have come to my garden, my sister, my spouse; I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk. (To His FriendsEat, O friends! Drink, yes, drink deeply, O beloved ones!

  • 9 times He says “My” to depict His ownership in Song 5:1 and 6 times in verse 2.

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.

 

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