Category: Song of Songs–BibleTrekToday

Stay awake!

Scripture reading for February 3rd: Mark 13

Key Scriptures: Mark 13: 32-37 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. Therefore stay awake–for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake!”

Sleep is necessary for our bodies but Jesus was not talking about physical sleep. He was calling His disciples and followers throughout the ages to recognize the spiritual warfare of the end times and the fact that only the Father knows when the last day and hour before the final judgment is. God has given His servants work to do in His absence. Each believer is assigned gifts and talents and responsibilities. Those who are watchmen must stay awake spiritually because the Church will not be caught unaware. No matter when Jesus returns, His Bride will be ready. Jesus reminded the disciples and all: “Stay awake!”

Song of Songs 5:2 “I slept, but my heart was awake. A sound! My beloved is knocking. “Open to me, . . .”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord, I may sleep naturally, but my heart is awakened to You knocking! I don’t know the day or the hour, but I know You are coming for Your Bride! May I be watchful and help others to be ready.

Revelation 16:15 Jesus: “(Behold, I am coming like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake, keeping his garments on, that he may not go about naked and be seen exposed!”)

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Sealed by the Holy Spirit

Scripture reading for June 23rd:  Song of Songs 7-8, Psalm 127, 2nd Thessalonians 2

Key Scriptures:  2nd Thessalonians 2:13-17  “But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Holy Spirit and belief in the truth.  To this He called you through our Gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter.  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.”

Paul warned the Thessalonians concerning the coming deception of the lawless one, the antichrist, who would deceive those who refused to love the truth.  But he gave thanks for the believers and encouraged them to stand firm through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit would set them apart for God and reveal truth to their hearts.  Through the Holy Spirit, God the Father would comfort the believers and give them hope through further revelations of the grace that is ours through faith in Christ.  God would establish them in every good work and word, protecting them from deception!

Song of Songs 8:6  “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave.  Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.” 

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit, sealing me for the day of full redemption, giving me comfort and good hope.  Fill me afresh with the flame of Your love and protect me from deception.

 

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The Holy Spirit brings out the “spices”!

Scripture reading for June 22nd:  Song of Songs 4-6, 2nd Thessalonians 2

Key Scriptures:  2nd Thessalonians 1:2-5  “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love for one another is increasing.  Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring.  This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering–. . ”  

Paul was writing a second letter to the church at Thessolonica.  He sent greetings of grace and peace from “God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.”  He thanked God for their growing faith and increasing love for each other.  They were remaining steadfast and growing in the face of persecution and affliction.  Even as the winds of adversity blew upon them, their faith and perseverance was evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work to prepare them for God’s eternal kingdom!  The spices of their hearts brought a pleasant fragrance before God.

Faith confession and prayer:  Father God, thank You for the gift of the Holy Spirit living in me.  I am trusting You today for grace and peace and to allow fragrant spices to flow from my heart.  Help me to be steadfast in life’s daily afflictions and the persecutions of the last days.  May Your kingdom come and Your will be done!

Song of Songs 4:16  “Awake, O north wind, and come, O south wind!  Blow upon my garden, let its spices flow.”

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Saved for Christ!

Scripture reading for June 19th:  Song of Solomon 1-3, Psalm 72, 1st Thessalonians 5

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 5:8-11  “But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation, for God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with Him.  therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”  

Paul encouraged the Thessalonians to live in the light as children of the light.  Christ will come again soon.  Whether awake (alive) or asleep (body resting in the grave) we live with Him and for Him.  God has not destined His people for wrath but for salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.  We should encourage each other to continue in faith as we wait for Christ’s return.

Song of Songs 2:4  “He brought me to the banqueting house, and His banner over me was love.” 

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for the light of Your Word and Your love shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Spirit.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and encouragement for others.  I long to be with You.

Psalm 72:19  “Blessed be His glorious Name forever; may the whole earth be filled with His glory!  Amen and Amen!”

 

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Talking to Jesus!

Scripture reading for September 25th:  Song of Songs 7-8, Isaiah 1-2, 1st Timothy 2

Key Scriptures:  1st Timothy 2:1-4 “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

Paul encouraged Timothy to teach the church to pray.  Prayer for those in authority was to be foundational to the church being able to function under the world and government structures and fulfill the mission of God–preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all men that all might be saved and know Christ.  The church must pray first of all and obey His voice.

Song of Songs 8:13  “O you who dwell in the gardens, with companions listening for your voice; let Me hear it.”

 

Prayer:  Lord, I pray today for our government leaders, church leaders and all in authority in home, work and government.  Let them rule under Your authority and may the Gospel go forth to all people. Amen.

 

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King of the Ages!

Scripture reading for September 24th:  Song of Songs 4-6, 1st Timothy 1

Key Scriptures:  1st Timothy 1:15-17  “The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.  But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display His perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in Him for eternal life.  To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”

Paul stated the mission of our Lord Jesus simply:  Jesus came into the world to save sinners.  Paul was a murderer and blasphemer of Christ before his encounter with Jesus.  Because of Christ’s perfect patience, Paul was saved and became a follower and worshiper of Christ, praising the “King of the ages.

Song of Songs 5:2, 10 “I slept, but my heart was awake.  A sound!  My Beloved is knocking.” . . . “My Beloved is radiant and ruddy, distinguished among ten thousand.” 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, King of the ages, thank You for Your perfect patience with me, a sinner.  I want to follow You and worship You forever.  Amen.

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Continue in good works

Scripture reading for September 21st:  Ecclesiastes 12, Song of Songs 1-3, 2nd Thessalonians 3

Key Scriptures: 2nd Thessalonians 3:10-13  “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command:  If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.  For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.  Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.  As for you, brothers, do not grow weary in doing good.” 

Some in the church were idle and living off the work of others.  Paul warned them not to be idle, but to be steady in good works and earn their own way.  Idleness leads to gossip and meddling and strife.  This is not proper in God’s family.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 “The end of the matter;  all has been heard.  Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of men.  For God will bring every deed into judgment with every secret thing, whether good or bad.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for calling Your people to good works and earning a living.  Keep me mindful that I will have to answer to You for my conduct on earth.  Amen.

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Thankful for cleansing from sin!

Scripture reading for July 27th:  Song of Songs 6-8, Isaiah 1

Key Scriptures:  Isaiah 1:18-20 “”Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord.  “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.  If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best from the land; but if you resist and rebel, you will be devoured by the sword.”  For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”  

Isaiah was called to prophesy to God’s people in Judah and Israel during a time of rebellion and apostasy.  The Lord spoke through him to call the people of God back to a right relationship.  They had a choice to make.  They could willingly repent and return to God or they could continue to resist and rebel.  They could eat the best of the land or be devoured by the sword.  The choice looked simple to a reasonable person!

Thankful for washing:  “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God?  Do not be deceived:  Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.  And that is what some of you were.  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”  1st Corinthians 6:9-11

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Joyfully expecting a season of singing!

Scripture reading for July 26th:  Song of Songs 1-5

Key Scriptures:  Song of Songs 2:10-13  “My lover spoke and said to me, “Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me.  See!  The winter is past; the rains are over and gone.  Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”  

Solomon’s love story concerned his bride and her account of his proposal to come away with him.  It was a new season of love and the earth was in an amazing renewal.  Joy was in the air as singing burst forth from all creation and the doves of peace told of their love and called all to peace and joy!  This story is a metaphor for another love story of a Bridegroom who will come for His Bride, the Church.  It will be a time of joyous celebration and a season of singing like no other in the history of the world!

The “catching away” will bring singing:  “According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.  After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.  And so we will be with the Lord forever.”  (1st Thessalonians 4:15-17)

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A Love connection!

Scripture reading for July 16th:  Song of Songs 1-8

I first met my wife-to-be at a state science fair in Iowa.   Two years later, we both enrolled at Iowa State University.  We had classes in the chemistry building and seemed to run into each other frequently there.  (I am sure she plotted it that way!)  The summer before we got married, I went to basic training at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.  Being apart was hard but her letters, sometimes laced with perfume, kept love growing!  We have been married for 46 years!

The Song of Songs is a love poem said to be the greatest of many songs that Solomon composed.  “Pleasing is the fragrance of your perfumes; your name is like perfume poured out.” (Song of Songs 1:3)  Perfumes have a fragrance that can bring pleasant sensations and arouse passions.  “While the king was at his table, my perfume spread its fragrance.  My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.” (Song of Songs 1:12)  The beloved wife used her perfume to entice her husband at dinner.  Her vision of him was one of pleasant and close intimacy! “He has taken me into His banquet hall, and His banner over me is love.” (Song of Songs 2:)4

“I slept but my heart was awake.  Listen!  My lover is knocking:  Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my flawless one.” (Song of Songs 5:2a)     The beloved wife had failed to respond to the knock and call for intimacy.  She heard the call, but her own comfort was more important.  She delayed responding until she smelled the fragrance of myrrh on the door latch. “I opened for my lover, but my lover had left.  He was gone.  My heart sank at his departure.  I looked for him but did not find him.  I called him but he did not answer.” (Song of Songs 5:6) 

The love story ends with a call to intimacy.  “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave.  It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame.  Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.” (Song of Songs 8:6-7)  “Let me hear your voice”. . . “Come away, my lover. . .” (Song of Songs 8:13-14)  Listen closely, Jesus is calling!

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