Song of Solomon 5 (blog by me)

Have you heard there is a scarlet thread running through the Bible? Some say this meaning Jesus Christ is incorporated all of the way through the Bible, not by name but in theme. It’s true! You can find elements, themes, and symbols of Jesus’ life in every book of the Bible. In recent blogs, we have studied and by the Spirit of God found this to be true even for the Song of Solomon. Today, we continue our study with chapter five.

Within the span of only 16 short verses, Song of Solomon chapter five mentions the washing of feet (v. 3), eating and drinking among friends (v. 1), and coming into a garden (v. 1). How very similar to Jesus’ last actions before He was crucified! He washed the feet of His disciples, ate and drank with them at the Last Supper, and then went to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray (see John 13 and Matthew 26).

In Song of Solomon verse 7, the Scripture says, “The watchmen found me as they made their rounds in the city. They beat me, they bruised me; they took away my cloak, those watchmen of the walls!” In context, we read with awe and disgust that the watchmen (whose job it is to guard against crime) actually beat and steal the cloak of the innocent woman looking for her lover. Yet, we find an amazing similarity to the life of Christ.

In Jesus’ life, it is the priests (those spiritual watchmen who should guard against evil) who attack our innocent Lord and have Him arrested. The soldiers beat Him and took His clothes (see Mark 14:65 and John 19:23) just as the woman in Song of Solomon. These horrific facts remind us that sometimes people who should be representing Christ with actions of love actually cause us great harm and pain because they don’t truly know the Lord.

Have you been hurt or misled by a pastor or people who claimed to be Christians? So was Jesus! The important thing to remember is that turning from God is not the answer. The real true God is full of love and welcomes you into His kingdom with open arms. He is the Good Shepherd who calls to you by name. Answer His call today!

Song of Solomon 4 (blog by me)

Song of Solomon 4 continues this beautiful expression of love culminating in verse 7 with these words, “You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” In this context, we can see that the one person is admiring the physical beauty of his lover. However, we can remember that sometimes Scripture holds dual meanings especially in reference of the coming Messiah. It was presented in a veiled way that was only later understood with the explanation of the resurrected Jesus Himself (see Luke 24:27). It’s possible that “no flaw in you” refers to the unspoiled, sinless life of Jesus Christ, who was compared to an unblemished and spotless lamb (see 1Peter 1:18-19). 1John 3:5 states, “You know that [Jesus] appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.” It’s not that He wasn’t tempted; it was that He chose not to sin out of love for His Father (Hebrews 4:15). In this knowledge, we can rest assured He understands our temptation and know that He understands exactly what we are going through. He is our perfect example.

Skipping ahead to verse 15, we see reference to “a well of living water.” Where have we heard that before? Of course it is when Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well (see John 4). In John 4:10, Jesus encouraged her to ask Him for “living water.” She is confused by His offer, but He goes onto explain the living water results in eternal life (John 4:14). Later, Scripture reveals that the living water is the Holy Spirit (John 7:39). The Holy Spirit is what Jesus promised to His disciples would be even better than if He were still physically with them again. In this way, the Lord can be with all who believe simultaneously giving us power and praying for our individual needs. See the advantage God has given to those who believe? He is with them guaranteeing His promises!

If you have not put your faith in Jesus Christ to pay for your sins, isn’t it time for you to trust in Him? When you make that choice, you too will have a Helper in the form of the Lord’s Spirit living inside of you—guiding you into the light of eternity. What a gift from above! God is good!

Song of Solomon Chapter 1 (blog by me)

One of my favorite books of the Bible is Song of Solomon (aka as Song of Songs). There is no other book that so closely resembles my relationship with Christ than this one because it is based on an intense love relationship. Many have sought to determine some kind of symbolism between Christ and his bride–the church in this book, and I can see it. Yet, that is the beauty of Scripture. We can discern different things from it as the Holy Spirit reveals it to us. For me, the professions of love in Song of Solomon speak my heart for Christ.

It is easy to see Christ in the first chapter of Song of Solomon. We have some major clues with key words from Jesus’ life. In verse 8, we encounter shepherds. Not only was Jesus considered a Shepherd (John 10), but shepherds visited Him in His manger (Luke 2:8-9). In verses 11 and 13, two of the three gifts brought to Jesus by the magi are mentioned–gold and myrrh. In verse 12, nard is mentioned. Nard is the fragrance Mary poured on Jesus’ feet (John 12). Verse 11 also makes mention of silver–the precious metal that served as payment to Judas for his betrayal (Matthew 26:15).

For me, the clues in Song of Solomon add up to yet another prophecy of Christ’s life. All of this in addition to simply being a beautiful song that captures the heart of believers everywhere. Read Song of Solomon chapter one for yourself, and tell me what from your own heart do you see the Holy Spirit showing you in the Scripture?

Poetic Prayer for the Unsaved (poem by me)

Lord of all mankind, nothing is too hard for You,
Thank You for saving me and washing me of my sin,
I know You are real and Your Word is true,
Now I come before You for my friends and kin.

Open their eyes to see they strayed,
Let them repent of sin and comprehend,
Cause them to feel shame and disgrace,
So they’ll reach out for You before their life’s end.

Let them reach out for You and see You’re near,
You are knocking at their door even now,
You’re speaking to them — let them hear,
Let them open the door — show them how.

Show them that those who seek will find,
Reveal the depth of Your love and grace,
How Your Son died for the sins of mankind,
Illustrate how His punishment took our place.

Let them ask for and receive the Holy Spirit,
Like a kind Father, it’s Your good pleasure to give it.

*I pray in agreement for the salvation of your loved ones. In Christ’s Name, Amen!

Building Fences (poem by me)

You, Believer, are a pure white vinyl fence,
Crowned with ornate posts secured in concrete,
Against sin, you have premium resistance,
Yet you are single and feel incomplete.

If you take an unbeliever as your spouse,
Your fence will be finished in wood with gaping holes,
Every kind of sin will rush into your house,
Your lover will delight in being exposed.

You will scream and rage about the ambush,
The sin that rushed in, and the pain it evoked,
Haven’t you read the warning in God’s book?
With unbelievers, do not be unequally yoked.

If you haven’t already made this mistake,
Prefer to spend your time among God’s people,
God will send you someone — please patiently wait,
Then you will be a superior fence with no equal.

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” —2Corinthians 6:14

It is right to spend some time showering God’s love on non-Christians, but our close relationships (tight friendships and love interests) should be with Christians who are equally devoted to God as we are. Which friends in your life should you spend more time with?

When Temptation Comes (poem by me)

There was a crafty serpent in the garden,
Too clever to strike his direct target,
He aimed to tempt the wife of Adam,
Then Eve sowed the seed of the devil’s harvest.

Learn the lesson of good and faithful Job,
When his wife told him to curse God and die,
He remembered the grace God had bestowed,
He didn’t sin against the God Most High.

Satan opposed Jesus through Peter’s words,
He tempted the Lord to shrink from death,
Jesus wasn’t enticed to self-preserve,
He loved all mankind with His dying breath.

Beware! Temptation will always comes along,
Remember God’s love, stand firm, and stay strong.

 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”—1 Corinthans 10:13

A New Beginning (poem by me)

The heaven and earth pass away,
Have no fear and do not dismay,
God created new ones, my friend,
He is the beginning and the end.

No more sun or moon to give light,
No more darkness, God’s love shines bright,
No more tears or need to pretend,
He is the beginning and the end.

We serve God with all our being,
The tree of life’s leaves brings healing,
It will happen, we don’t know when,
He is the beginning and the end.

*Based on Revelation 21-22.

Victory Awaits (poem by me)

On the beast, a woman sits,
She is glittering with gold,
Babylon the Great is her name,
Mother of Prostitutes is what she’s called,
She’s intoxicated with the blood of saints,
She leads and nations follow.

Babylon is the city the kings follow,
On seven hills, the city sits,
The kings wage war against the saints,
The Lamb triumphs in gold,
Lord of lords is what He’s called,
King of kings is His name.

Merchants weep at the sound of her name,
She’s afire with no fans who follow,
Doom and destruction is what she’s called,
Smoke and ash exist where she sits,
No more precious stones, no more gold,
Rejoice over her your prophets and saints.

“Hallelujah!” cries the multitude of saints,
Glory and power belong to His name
Elders fall down and worship God’s throne of gold,
The Lord God Almighty reigns and we follow,
At the wedding supper, His bride sits,
The Lamb weds those who are called.

The Word of God is what He’s called,
He brings justice for all the saints,
On a white horse, He sits,
Faithful and True is His name,
He leads; the armies of heaven follow,
He sits with many crowns of gold.

The kings were not saved by their gold,
“Feast, birds,” the angel called,
“Eat of the flesh of people who follow,
the beast and killed the saints,
Death to all who wore his name!
On His throne, our God sits.”

God rewards the saints and those that follow,
With crowns of gold and a powerful name,
Victory patiently sits, awaiting those who are called.

*Based on Revelation 17-20.

The Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath (poem by me)

The first angel’s bowl is poured,
and people break out in festering sores.
The second angel’s bowl is spilled,
and every aquatic animal is killed.
The third angel’s bowl is served,
rivers turn to blood as deserved.
The fourth angel’s bowl was discharged,
and the sun scorched skin and left it charred.
The fifth angel’s bowl was scattered,
the light fled and darkness gathered.
The sixth angel’s bowl is heaped,
and water made way for kings of the east.
The seventh angel’s bowl is emptied,
huge hailstones left bodies buried.
Come what may, hold onto your belief,
because the Son of Man comes like a thief.

*Based on Revelation 16.
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