Daily Reflections April 28, 2017
Song of Solomon 3
Chapter 3 continues the song about human love written to give us wisdom. At the close of the previous chapter we see that the beloved and lover are mutually adoring one another. The bride now has a dream where she longs for and ends up scouring the streets for her lover. Her desires burned within her and she pursued them. It was not wise nor typical for a woman to be roaming the streets of ancient Israel at night. She would be inviting danger to herself and may well be taken as a prostitute. So, the proverb to not arouse love until the proper time naturally follows.
The passion of love should not be taken lightly. When love is reciprocated and time for being together draws closer, the temptation to chase sexual fulfillment can become very strong. Caution should be taken lest it lead one to find it in places of danger and appearance of evil. It is God’s wise intention to wait both until the proper time and the proper person arrives.
This takes us to the second part of this chapter where we see pictured the arrival of Solomon for the wedding. The groom is characterized as coming in mighty splendor, something to behold and celebrate. The one that has been long awaited has finally come and the wait has made the moment all the more magnificent. We read, similarly, the joyous announcement of the bridegroom in the parable of the ten virgins. The delayed arrival resulted in the virgins falling asleep and then Matthew 25:6 says, “But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’”
Our world seems to increasingly teach us that we deserve to always be immediately gratified. One rarely hears the phrase that annoyed most of us as a child: “patience is a virtue”. But we see here and throughout Scripture that patience is extremely wise. Longing with unwavering trust in God’s faithfulness, keeps us from evil and makes the sure fulfillment something to shout about.
While this directly applies to those who are single and looking toward marriage, this truth also speaks to us all generally. We all have desires and longings. We are all tempted to grab at them immediately, dangerously, and in a way that makes their attainment lose some of the glory of gratification. So, brothers and sisters, let’s commit afresh to praying that we are a people that continually produces the Spirit’s fruit of patience in our lives.
Yours in Christ,
Assistant Pastor Evan Webster
In the third chapter of the book of Hebrews, the writer continues with the argument that Jesus is better. The argument moves on from angels to Moses. This is a name that any person of Jewish descent would be so familiar with that they would be riveted to the discussion. Moses, after all, was the leader of the Exodus, God’s faithful servant. Yet here, we see the contrast between Moses and Jesus. One was the faithful servant, and the other is the Son of God. Most of those who followed Moses died in the wilderness. They had been witness to the miracles God performed on their behalf and yet they chose to rebel.
Jesus, on the other hand, saves His people perfectly. The person that Jesus calls will not fall away. The writer is assisting his reader in recognizing the flaw in returning to insufficient things in light that Jesus has come and secured their salvation. That Jesus has become the perfect sacrifice for their sins, and that the old systems of sacrifice were shadows and indicators of God’s perfect plan. Now, you may not struggle with wanting to go back to ritual sacrifices, that might get a bit weird on Sunday morning, but how many of us try to incorporate our old secular lives with our new life in Christ? The reality is that the perfect cannot share space with the imperfect. Christ is our perfect life, He cannot be syncretized with old sinful ways. We cannot have freedom and bondage sharing space.
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1 ESV)
If we are the children of God and co-heirs with Christ then let us turn our backs on the things of this world and chase the freedom of Christ with abandon. Do not give in to unbelief but hold like those following Moses, but fully trust in Jesus Christ for your salvation.
Associate Pastor Jonathan Welch