Wednesday, December 13, 2017

SONG OF SONGS

Today’s Reading: Song of Solomon 1-3

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On this coin that was minted in Jerusalem is Yehonatan the King surrounding a lily flower. It is a Bronze prutah of the Hasmonean king Alexander Jannaeus and is dated 104-76 BC. Song of Songs, chapter 2, verse 2, likens the beloved to a “lily among thorns.”

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Key Verses: Song of Solomon 2:10

My beloved spoke, and said to me:
“Rise up, my love, my fair one,
And come away…”

 

The story is told of the conference of Jewish Rabbis who were faced with the decision as to which writings were to be included in the Bible. One Rabbi said that the Song of Songs, as it is called in the Hebrew Bible, was much too sensuous and should be excluded. Then the aged Chief Rabbi stood to his feet and said, “Brothers, all the other books we are including in the sacred Scriptures are like the Holy Place in the Temple, but the Song of Songs is the Holy of Holies. It is all about intimacy with our God.” Of course they included Song of Songs! For our readings, it is vital to understand that all expressions of affection and physical lovemaking are pure, true love, not to be taken in an erotic, lustful way.

Historically, this is the courting and marriage of a shepherdess to King Solomon, and the delights and heartaches of wedded love. Later in life, Solomon married many women. This special person may have been Solomon’s only true love. Allegorically, it pictures Israel as the object of God’s love and as His bride. Israel was unfaithful to her Husband. The Prophet Hosea lived out God’s relationship with Israel. God instructed him to marry an unfaithful woman (read Hosea 2:19-23, Hosea 3:1). Make no mistake about it! “GOD IS LOVE!” For a New Testament reading check out 1 John 4:9-19.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, just as You chose Israel as Your “Spouse,” so You have chosen all who believe in Jesus as Your “Bride.” I pray for Your grace so that I will be faithful to You, not prostituting myself by yielding to temptations to commit spiritual adultery with a world that is opposed to You, and living in a way that is so dishonouring to You. I love You, Lord Jesus, and I pray this in Your Name and for Your sake, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I know that every time I go to make a call or click an icon on my iPhone, up will come a picture of my bride, my spouse, and me (the same photo is posted below). Norma-Jean is my love. I think of her when I read the song of the Shunamite maiden and Solomon. That same picture is on the back cover of my latest book, This Far By Faith. As you can tell, I’m very fond of that picture. If you don’t yet have a copy of my book, here’s how to get it (click here).

I have not been able to read every response since I began on June 3rd, 2012, but lately I’ve been faithful to read everything readers say. You are a great encouragement to me. Keep them coming!!! If you wish to post a comment on my blog, go to www.100words.ca and click on the “Comments” bubble (which is next to the date). Then scroll to the bottom, where it says, “Leave a Reply.”

Yours, as the Scripture says, “And to communicate, forget not!” (Hebrews 13:16 KJV),

David

12 thoughts on “Wednesday, December 13, 2017

  1. My favourite photo of you and David, dear Norma-Jean! Great prayer, and teaching on Solomon 1-3 about intimacy with God. How complete your words are, and remain with us, David. You are missed. Blessings fellow saints in the Lord.

    But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
    Ephesians 2:4 ESV

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  2. I love this picture. And thank you sister Beverlee, for the link to that beautiful Christmas worship song. Blessings on each of you today.

  3. Love that picture of David and his bride, Norma Jean as well. Thinking of that song which we used to sing, “His Banner Over Me is Love.” Glad you are back Beverlee. Missed you. We in NB have just received our first big snowstorm and I was up nearly the whole night, raking roofs, scooping, collecting water as after the storm came the rain. Yes, David’s words still speak to us and prayed his prayer. Thank you Ron and Ann for posting this.

  4. Yes, Great photo of David and Norma-Jean! they truly exemplify, true love!!

    Song of Songs… What a beautiful love story!!

  5. Prayers needed please! Need financial breakthrough NOW! deep in debt! Thankful for all the Lord has done for me!
    Rebuking the devil in the Name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Our Saviour, Our Most High God,
    asking for a good time tonight, going swimming; very thankful for this prayer blog! Thankful for all the comments and the music!!!!beautiful!!!

    God bless all

  6. Love this photo ! David & Norma Jean are so radiantly shining the love of Jesus Christ more powerful then ever.
    David’s blog is filled with wisdom!
    I’m so grateful for this richness entering my soul !
    The great love of Jesus our saviour ….what a beautiful celebration!

  7. Thanks Beverlee. God bless you. The Lord has been so good and faithful. Even today a young man and his girlfriend whom I had never met drove in and ploughed my driveway for me. However I remember praying for him a while back and he told me to keep on praying. A God incident! Lord Jesus please help Sah with her finances. Amen!

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