Song of Solomon 6 (blog by me)

Song of Solomon 6 opens with a group of friends offering to help a desperate woman find her beloved. Then describes how he has “to his garden, to the beds of spices, to browse in the gardens and to gather lilies.” Recall that Jesus’ body had been wrapped in linen and spices (see John 19:39-40) and laid to rest in a garden tomb. If you are familiar with the book of John, you will find this situation to be very reminiscent of Mary Magdalene weeping outside Jesus’ empty tomb (see John 20). Two angels appear to inquire about her tears. In her desperation, she seems indifferent to the fact that angels have appeared. She then accuses the gardener of taking Jesus’ body, but then realizes the man she is talking to is not the gardener but the risen Lord Jesus Christ! I’ll add that lilies are currently a traditional funeral flower because of the promise of new life that it gives. Even after a harsh winter, a lily will spring right up from the ground and deliver large elegant blooms.

Jesus’ resurrection is our promise of new life. If God has risen His own Son from the grave, He will raise us (His adopted children) up as well. 1 Corinthians 15:20 states, “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” In Colossians 1:18, He is called the “firstborn from among the dead.” The risen Jesus means those of us who have trusted Him for salvation should have no fear of death. Like Him, we will be raised up to live! Glory be to His Name forever and ever!

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!

Taste & See (poem by me)

I am the Samaritan woman at the well,
Jesus shared info about me no one else knows,
Amazed, I scrambled back to my hometown to tell,
We left all follow to Him wherever He goes.

I suffered much and touched the hem of His garment,
His all-consuming power healed my soul’s deep wounds,
No, death in this life of flesh is not permanent,
He’ll raise each one of us from our transient tombs.

I have wept at His feet and poured out costly oil,
He has forgiven even the most dire of sins,
He gave us brand new hearts, ones made of fertile soil,
A mustard seed of faith is how it all begins.

If you have read these words and truly understood,
Then you have tasted and seen that the Lord is good.

Hypocrisy of the Church (blog by me)

Pastors are having affairs. People in the church are lying and gossiping. Christians tell others not to sin, but they are guilty of sin themselves. It’s enough to make you sick, but don’t let it keep you from getting to know Christ. He did not die on the cross to gather up a kingdom of perfect people. He came for sinners, and they do not become sinless the moment they trust in Christ. In His own words in Mark 2:17, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

If you are tempted to fall into a trap of rejecting the truth because of hypocritical Christians, I have a message for you: Jesus says to look to Him and not to His people. His people will stumble a million times, but Jesus lived a perfect life. He is not guilty of hypocrisy. Your first step to living a life washed clean in the sight of God is accepting Christ as your Savior. Then you will begin the slow process of being refined. You too may stumble, but He will leave the rest of His flock to come after You. Jesus died to pay for Your sins. What a waste it would be for His precious blood to be spilled and for you to miss out on eternal life because you did not accept His invitation! Forget other people and your perception of the Lord that has been built on sinful Christians for a moment and just focus on just Jesus. Do you see a loving Friend with an outstretched hand? Are you ready to take it?

Pray with me. “Father, I confess I have not been open to getting to know You because of my perception of the church and Christians. The truth is my relationship with You has nothing to do with them. It is between You and me. I believe You are the Son of God who died on the cross to pay for my sins. You will raise me to eternal life in heaven with You because I trust You. Thank You for being a loving God. In Christ’s Name, Amen.”

Offended by God (blog by me)

Jesus’ miracles caused Him to gain a large number of followers besides the twelve apostles. Many gathered to listen to Him preach. One day, He taught they must eat His flesh and drink His blood to have life (see John 6:53-60). Upon hearing this, many were offended and turned away from following Christ. The disciples who stuck by His side learned Jesus was talking in the spiritual sense and not the literal sense, but those who turned away lost the opportunity to learn from the living God!

Have you been offended by God? Is there a Scripture that causes you to question the authenticity of the Word? Don’t turn from the living God or His Word. Taking offense is simply a spiritual trap set by the enemy to get us out of relationship with God. Choose to trust in Christ today and stand by His side. Ask for a clearer understanding. Let’s pray together, “Lord, forgive me for taking offense to You and Your Word. Help my attitude and mindset toward these offenses to match Yours. I trust You and know that You are more righteous than I am. I praise You and thank You for being a loving God who wants what is best for us. In Christ’s Name, Amen.

Prayer for Your Children (by me)

We pray their cares would be few,
& your peace would console their heart,
We pray they would learn their true value
& they’d live as ones set apart.

We pray they would know Your amazing grace,
Though they may never learn the depth or length,
We pray they claim You as their hiding place,
& let the joy of the Lord be their strength.

We pray they would know You as their Friend,
& learn to trust You and be still,
We pray good would come to them,
All this according to Your perfect will.

Let them share the gospel without shame,
Let them lift up praise to Your Holy Name.

A Prayer Sonnet for the Unsaved (by me)

Oh Gracious God, reveal yourself to our loved ones,
Bestow on them belief in Your Triune nature,
Cause them to confess sins with remorseful tongues,
Inspire them to trust in Your Son as their Savior.

Compel them to deny other religions,
Avoid false teaching and untrue prophecies,
Advise them to become baptized as Christians,
and invite the Holy Spirit in their bodies.

Let them hunger for Your Word and read it daily,
Kindle a desire to seek You and serve You,
Coach them to share the love of Christ bravely,
Lead them to a church that will see them through.

We exalt You, Father, above everything,
We praise You as our everlasting Lord and King!

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

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 Fall of Babylon (poem by me)

An angel proclaims the gospel
in each language, nation and tribe,
even to the bitter and hostile,
to every person alive.

A second angel flies says in midair
“Fallen is Babylon the Great,”
nations drink of her affairs,
destruction is her final fate.

A third angel follows the path,
warning not to worship the beast,
lest they drink of God’s wrath,
ev’ryone from greatest to least.

Blessed are those who die in the Lord
and rest in peace from their labor.

*Based on Revelation 14:6-13.
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Sin is an Escape Room (Poem by Me)

Ev’ry sin is a kind of escape room,
Sometimes Satan leads you in a wrong door,
Sometimes you are in the room from the womb,
People spend years in there staring at the floor.

Then a friend lifts your head,
Instead it could be a blunt confession,
Or a heartfelt prayer opens your eyes to see,
Else a verse frees you from the oppression.

You wait for the doorway to be unbarred,
Refuse to take the devil’s communion,
Sneak courageously past the demon guard,
And run for your dear life from loss and ruin.

In the Spirit of the Lord, there’s freedom*,
He restores what the locusts have eaten**.

*See 2nd Corinthians 3:17.
**See Joel 2:25.