Entry: I Am My Beloved’s Wednesday, July 20, 2016



KJB Daily Devotion – Following Jesus Through Every Chapter
Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Chapters: The Book of Song Of Solomon
Message: I Am My Beloved’s

Hello My Friend,

The Book of Song of Solomon is the twenty-second book of the Old Testament/Bible and contains eight chapters. The author of the book is Solomon and it was written to Israel and all believers. The timeline is approximately 1014 BC. The purpose of the book is to show the intimate relationship between Jesus and the Church as demonstrated by the intimate marriage relationship between a husband and wife. What we are to learn from the book is that the divine model of love between a man and his wife is the pattern for the relationship between Christ (Man) and the Church (His Bride). “My beloved is mine, and I am his: he feedeth among the lilies.” - Song of Solomon 2:16.

The Book of Song of Solomon begins with the brides love for her bridegroom, she anticipates the day she becomes his wife, but she realizes something, she has neglected him. “Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee. I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions? If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.” - Song of Solomon 1:4-8.

“but mine own vineyard have I not kept.” The love of a husband and wife is quite like the love of Jesus and His bride, there is a sweet savor that gives off something unforgettable. The soul who lives nearest to Jesus in sweet will feel convicted when it discover the sin in its life, but rejoice in the fact that it is one with Jesus as He never leaves them. “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” - I Corinthians 6:19,20.

The soul, you cannot see it or touch it physically, but you definitely know it is there. A lonely soul is probably the most noticeable as it never rests until it finds it's one true source of happiness. We get an illustration of the brides lonely soul seeking her one true love. “By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth? It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.” - Song of Solomon 3:1-4.

“but I found him whom my soul loveth:” This is a great illustration of a lost soul that finds Christ, once it finds Him they become soul mates, Jesus grabs a hold of it and never lets it go. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one.” - John 10:27-30.

Sometimes the things we go through make it seem as though Jesus is no where to be found, perhaps we are holding on to something from our past or even have some hidden sin we fail to bring up that's causing us to lose sight of Him. Here we have a wife singing, not to her husband, but of him, and it is a sad song, she sings of the distress she is under after her husband walks away because she neglected him while he was trying to get her attention. She looks all over for him, but cannot find him, only to have her veil taken from her as if she were a prostitute.

“I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him. I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.” - Song of Solomon 5:2-7.

“the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.” The veil was a sign that this woman belonged to her husband, she was taken, she was pure, and clean. This is an illustration of a saved soul who neglects Jesus, when we receive Him as our Saviour He cleanses us and removes all the filth of sin from our lives. Let me tell you, when we do not let go of the past or even let the smallest sin remain prominent in our lives, while He never leaves nor forsakes us, He does take a step back and lets us figure things out for ourselves for a while. Those who remain living in sin with no effort to remove the sin will be exposed and they will be mistaken for one who does not know Christ. Jesus is never too far that He cannot be found, all we have to do to see Him is turn around. Jesus loves us, He feels our pain and does not want us to suffer, but we do need to come to Him if we want to find Him.

“I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me. Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves. The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.” - Song of Solomon 7:10-13.

“I am my beloved's,” Beloved, to be loved or greatly loved, we all long to be beloved, there brings no greater joy than to for someone to share their love. Quite often, we do not feel beloved at all, in fact, we feel unloved and unworthy of even being loved. The truth is, we are loved, no greater love is shown than in Jesus, who gave His life to save us from a burning fiery hell. Much more than that, we are His and He is ours, in Him we love and are loved. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.” - John 15:13,16.

Jesus Christ Magnified: “I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.” - Song of Solomon 2:1. Jesus is the Rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley. He stands at the door of every persons heart, He knocks, peaks in the window, looks around the back in hopes that His love will let Him in. “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” - Revelation 3:20.

Today's Prayer: God, You long to have a one on one relationship with us, one that is full of faith, trust, and honor, just as a husband and wife do when they vow to be one. While nothing is sure in life, one thing is sure, nothing can separate us from You. We may find some dark pathways, but You will always shine the Light to bring us back home. Lord, give me Your power to know You and love You with all my soul, heart, and mind. In Jesus' name. Amen.

God Bless You, I am praying for you,
Christina

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