Song of Solomon 7 (blog by me)

We continue our study of Song of Solomon with the intent of finding Jesus not as the “He” described in the book but by finding aspects of His life in the details. We are searching for prophetic phrases in between the lines. In the beginning of chapter seven, we see a reference to “sandaled feet.” Recall that John the Baptist announced the Messiah’s coming with a specific kind of reverence that elevated Jesus’ glory way beyond his own. John the Baptist said he was not worthy of even untying Jesus’ sandals (see John 1:27). What a statement to make about his own cousin!

In Song of Solomon 7:13, we see the reference to somethings “both new and old” that have been stored up. Recollect Jesus’ words in Matthew 13:52. He said, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” In saying this, Jesus indicated believers will use Old Testament prophecies to show He is the One who fulfilled them. 

There are over 300 specific prophecies in the Old Testament that foretell about Jesus’ life. Some are so specific that the chances of someone fulfilling even just a few of them is off the charts! To name just a few, Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem was foretold in Micah 5:2. According to eternalpromises.org, the odds of fulfillment of this one prophecy are 1 in 280,000. Jesus’ death was by crucifixion as foretold in Psalm 22. The odds of this one prophecy are 1 in 10,000. Yet, the prophecy goes even further to predict his clothes would be both divided AND cast for by lots. 

The prophecies have so much purpose in the lives of a believer. They prove God is all-knowing. They show Jesus was God’s plan for the beginning—not plan B! They confirm that Jesus is the Messiah—the One we must put our trust in for salvation. Additionally, they authenticate the Holy Bible as the conclusive Word of God. Since Old Testament prophecies have been fulfilled so perfectly, we can conclude the New Testament prophecies that have not yet been fulfilled will also come to pass. These include a new heaven and a new earth where God Himself will wipe away every tear (see Revelation 21). So hold on, my dear friend—the best is yet to come!   

 

The Relaxing Trees (poem by me)

There is a hammock
swinging in a wild meadow,
It’s tied to two trees
One tree is called “Trust in God”
The other is called “Firm Hope.”

You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. —Isaiah 55:12

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Renewed Hope (poem by me)

(Dedicated to the youth in my Community Bible Study)

For our youth, I had lost all of my hope,
They didn’t know God and didn’t want to,
As for teen Christians, I knew a few,
Were they on fire for the one true God?….. Nope!

They were ashamed of Jesus’ great Name,
Quoting lyrical blasphemy,
Idolizing every celebrity,
Their Goal: praising money and chasing fame.

Then God Almighty led me here to CBS,
My hope is renewed and restored,
These kids have Jesus and call Him “Lord,”
They are slow to sin and quick to confess.

They quote and memorize Bible verses,
beloved and beautiful in my sight,
Shining God’s light so brilliantly bright,
Our future preachers, teachers, and nurses.

God, You are still on Your high holy throne,
You lift up the Lamb sent to the slaughter,
Lord, You came by blood and by water,
You saved us, a remnant to call Your own.

Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

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The Meaning of Life (poem by me)

Love is the true meaning of life
So do not let your heart delay,
Let it be evident in everything
you do and each word you say.

Love will never cease to fulfill you,
It will extend overseas like an embassy,
Like a chauffeur, hope will drive you,
Like a memoir, it will be your legacy.

“…God is love.”—1John 4:8

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Potential (poem by me)

I look at you and admire 
the great stuff you could do
if only you'd aspire.
 
If you had more confidence, 
you could be more prominent;
If you had less reluctance,
you'd have more abundance;
If you had more hope
and found better ways to cope.
 
I wish you could see you
the way that I do
Then God would give wings
to all the things you dream. 
 
"....Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed,
you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will
move. Nothing will be impossible for you.' " —Matthew 17:20

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Learning to Hope (poem by me)

I thought hope was too emotive,
I noticed how much time it wasted,
Worse yet—when it fails, it’s corrosive,
But hope is something God created,
To be risked and to be tasted,
I put my faith in You, oh Lord,
To show my heart the unexplored.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love… 1 Corinthians 13:13

© 2016 Kim Bond

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Unlived Things (poem by me)

In the repository of unlived things,
I find unquenched love,
A tarnished wedding ring,
An old baseball glove,
A half-sketched dream.

The sore sight fills my eye,
An oil-soaked cloth of faith,
Restraint against sin piled high,
A picture of Jesus laid to waste,
So much regret, I begin to cry.

Behold, I see a new start,
An infant’s wiggling toes,
A chest of breath and beating heart,
Courage clamors and fresh breath bellows.

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the realm of the dead, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. —Ecclesiastes 9:10

*This sonnet explores the repository mentioned in Rainer Maria Rilke’s brilliant poem called “No One Lives His Life.”

©2015 Kim Bond

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