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Daily Reflections April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017By: Paul Carter and Jody Cross

Song of Solomon 1

There has been a great deal of discussion within the Christian world about the Divine intention behind the book of the Bible known as “The Song Of Solomon”.  Is it an extended and occasional erotic love poem? Is it an allegory describing the love of Christ for the church?  Is it both?

Because I believe in a big God I tend to believe that he is more than capable of doing two things at once.  I think it entirely possible that we are supposed to be thinking about two things while we read this very unique book.  We should have two screens open in the computer of our minds, one for recording thoughts and principles about marital love and one for recording thoughts and principles about our union with Christ.  While I have no problem with the notion that God might have chosen to hide an allegory about our union with Christ in the Old Testament underneath an apparently “mundane” poem about human love, I also have no problem believing that God actually does care a great deal about marriage and about romance and even about sexual intimacy.  God is no prude - after all, he made men and women NAKED and he said in his word that this was no cause for shame:

And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.  (Genesis 2:25 ESV)

Sex is not sinful.  People are sinful and when sinful people do pure things those things are corrupted.  As the Bible says:

To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled. (Titus 1:15 ESV)

If Song Of Solomon feels inappropriate to you, that may say more about you then it does about Song of Solomon. 

God regularly speaks through nature and few things are more “natural” than sex.  The intimacy of a husband and wife says something to us about what it means to be sought, what it means to be found, what it means to be together and what sort of things can drive us apart.  Everything we learn in this book will have multiple application if properly understood and applied.  Thanks be to God.

Lead Pastor Paul Carter

Hebrews 1

The letter to the Hebrews introduces us to that which is better than the Old Testament system. These better things, perfect things, eternal things the Old Testament anticipates, are fulfilled in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is superior to the angels (1:4), superior to the prophets and the mediator of a better covenant (8:6). 

Hebrews is a letter of encouragement. In times when our faith wavers, when the weariness of life seeks to drive us from the Lord, we are to double down and get our eyes back on Jesus (12:1-3). How many of us feel that at times we are losing heart? Believers, we need a daily dose of turning our eyes on Jesus. This passage tells us two things we need to remember in the battle of faith. This is where the writer begins. 

First, this passage tells us God is a communicating God. He speaks and reveals himself to his creation. Why should God desire our company? Why should God care about us and in his compassion reach out to a world of fragile, finite and fallen creatures? He wants us to know Him, about Him, and what He requires of us. What great condescension!

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.  (Hebrews 1:1-2 ESV)

Second, this passage tells us Jesus Christ is God’s final and decisive revelation. 

He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (Hebrews 1:3-4 ESV)

Who is Jesus? 

  • He is God’s final Word (1:1, John 1:1)
  • He is the eternal Son of God (Psalm 2:7)
  • He is the heir of all things (1:2)
  • He is the exact representation of the very substance of God (1:3)
  • He is the Creator of the world (1:2, 1:10) who upholds the universe by his power (1:3)
  • He is the Firstborn (1:6) who possesses the highest rank and honour
  • He is our Great High Priest who has purged our sins and purchased our redemption (1:3)
  • He is our enthroned and exalted King (1:3)

The Lord Jesus is the source and center of everything. He is the finality of all God has to say to his creation. Jesus is superior to every priest, superior to Moses and Elijah and every Old Testament prophet. He alone is worthy of our total worship. 

What do we have in Jesus? In him we have everything we need: an unfailing promise, an unshakeable hope, a faithful Advocate, and a Great High Priest. To the glory of God we listen to the Son and look to him. 

O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Saviour, and life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.

Associate Pastor Jody Cross

Category: General, Daily Reflection

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