Shall we turn now in our Bibles to the Song of Solomon chapter seven as we finish the book this evening?
We have mentioned before that there are different interpretations to the Song of Solomon. People see it in different ways. Some just see it as an Eastern love song, some see it as a marriage sex manual, there are others who see it as an allegory as it gives the beautiful relationship of God and the Nation of Israel while still others see it as a spiritual allegory speaking of the relationship of Christ to the church.
As an allegory, to see it as God’s relationship with Israel would be correct for God spoke of Israel as his wife. To see as an allegory expressing the love between Christ and his church would also be correct because surely the New Testament pictures the church as the bride of Jesus Christ. We have taken the particular allegorical interpretation and we have seen this in an allegoric form as representing the love of Christ and the love of church for Christ. The blessed sweet loving communion between the church and her Lord Jesus Christ.
There is in this particular interpretation, from an allegorical sense, two different pictures that are seen. One is seen as Solomon representing the groom and this Shulamite woman, one who has captured his heart, one whose love has exceeded the others that he had. There are others who interpret this, from church history and to the present time, as seeing Solomon as a type of Satan and the bride, this young girl, being seduced by Solomon and all of his wealth. More of Solomon seeking to seduce her and Solomon really representative of the world with all the enticements to the church. She, however, being so in love with her shepherd lover that all of the enticements of Solomon are to no avail because her heart remains true to her shepherd lover. The Amplified Bible takes this particular interpretation. It is interesting to read and it is beautiful and it is a possible interpretation. There are problems with it.
We have adopted the particular interpretation of just the love between Solomon and this Shulamite woman who has captured his heart above all others.
In chapter seven we have this glorious expression of love, interchange of love, that has gone between them and marriage. Now in chapter seven.
HOW beautiful are thy feet with shoes, O prince’s daughter! the joints of thy thighs are like jewels, the work of the hands of a cunning workman. Thy navel is like a round goblet, which wanteth not liquor: thy belly is like an heap of wheat set about with lilies. Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins. Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bahrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon (7:1-4).
I don’t know if that would be a compliment. Probably very straight.
which looketh toward Damascus. Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries [in a trance] (7:4-5).
These are the daughters of Jerusalem that are expressing the beauty of the bride as they see her. Evidently she is dancing, “how beautiful are thy feet” (7:1) the word feet can also be translated steps. The commentators lean towards that meaning. They see her in this dance. They see her body there with the sort of filmy type of gown and she is involved in one of the mideastern type of dances. They describe her beauty, the beauty of the rhythm of the dance, the beauty of the “navel round like a goblet and thy belly is like a heap of wheat that is set about with lilies” (7:2). In that area, even to the present day, as they are cutting the wheat they pile it into round symmetrical piles and they will put a flimsy type cloth over it that blows in the wind and keeps the birds off it, it frightens the birds. The picture is mid eastern and you’ll have to be over there to fully appreciate it.
It is the daughters of Jerusalem describing the beauty of the bride from head to foot; her eyes, her nose, her breasts, her head, her hair. Her hair like the purple means her hair was so dark black that as the light hits it, it sort of glitters almost with a deep purple color. The king is held in the enchantment of it all. Then he speaks.
How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights! This thy stature is like to a palm tree, and thy breast to clusters of grapes. I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also thy breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of thy nose like apples; And the roof of thy mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak (7:6-9).
He joins with the daughters of Jerusalem with the expression of the beauty and the glory and the desirability of the bride. It is always to me a wonder and something that I don’t fully comprehend and that is the intense and amazing love that Jesus Christ has for me.
Here the groom expresses his feelings towards the beauty of his bride. The wonderful thing is that as the Lord sees us he sees us in the perfected state. Thus he sees us as absolutely beautiful. Now we don’t look at ourselves like that, we see ourselves more realistically. We see ourselves in our imperfected state, as we are struggling to do better or to be better. We see ourselves in those disappointments that we so often have with our failure and with our weakness. As the Lord looks at you, through eyes of love, and as the scripture says, “Love covers a multitude of sins” it covers a multitude of flaws and he sees you with nothing but adoring eyes of love. I don’t understand that but I surely appreciate it, that God sees me and that God loves me in spite of the those flaws that I am conscience of in my own life.
So all of this praise is heaped upon her. Now praise can be a dangerous thing, it can be destructive. Many people have been destroyed by flattery. It is interesting to me that rather than just accepting all of this flattery and all of this praise, her heart is so enraptured with her husband, the groom, that she cast aside these words of flattery as they are describing her beauty. The main thing to her, that which stands out more than anything else is that, “I am my beloved’s and he desires me”.
I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me (7:10).
That’s more important than all the praise that the world can give for any accomplishment that you might do. All of the glory that the world might seek to heap upon a person, the most important thing is that you know the love of Jesus Christ and you know that his heart, his desire, is towards you.
So now she invites then her beloved.
Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: there will I give thee my loves (7:11-12).
She is inviting him to go back to the country with her. She has been brought into Jerusalem, into all of the glory of the palace, she has seen the great pomp and all that is there; the world and with all of its glitter. Her desire is to return to the country with him, back to the simple life, the simple things.
Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth: thee will I give thee my loves (7:11-12).
The examining of the fruit. Jesus said that we were to beware of false prophets who “would come as wolves but they would be in sheep clothing” and then he told us that “by their fruit, you will know them”. The importance of looking at the fruit of a persons life, judging by the fruit that is coming forth from their life. A corrupt tree cannot bring forth good fruit. So that looking at the fruit of a persons doctrine, of a persons life, what it’s doing for them.
Many times we receive letters from people who have some new revelation from God that they feel that God has called them to share with the congregation here at Calvary Chapel. They feel that this is revolutionary, that everyone needs to know this new revelation that they have received and they want to share that revelation with us. We very kindly ask them to just wait awhile and give us the opportunity to see how this new truth has affected their life. Let us see what fruit it brings forth in your life; let us see how it helps in conforming you into the image of Christ, making you more like him. After we have the opportunity to observe what this revelation and truth has done in transforming you into the image of Jesus Christ then we will determine whether or not we need to also share the same revelation so that we too could have the same fruit coming forth from us. Usually they are not willing to wait to see the fruit or so quite often the fruit is not what you really want. Sometimes they get very angry and very pushy and very, well they even carry signs out in front sometimes because they feel their revelation is being squelched and all kinds of accusations.
It’s important to look at the fruit. What’s most important is that we look at the fruit of our own lives. This is really what the invitation is to the groom, “Let’s go into the vineyard together, let’s take a look at the fruit, let’s see if the vine is flourishing, let’s see if the tender grapes are appearing, let’s see whether or not the pomegranates are budding” (7:12).
It is so important that we look at our own lives in the light of the Lord, in company with the Lord. “Therefore let a man examine himself for if we will examine ourselves we will not be judged of God”. Paul said to the Corinthians, “Examine yourself to see if you be in the faith and prove yourself”. So this importance of self-examination, in the AA program they talk about taking inventory and all this. Look at yourself in the light of God’s word and in the company of Jesus Christ, letting him show you those areas where you are short and you’re failing. So that invitation of going into the vineyard to examine the fruit. There the fruit of the spirit is love and thus the partaking of the love.
The fruit of the spirit is love, that’s singular. Paul adds joy and peace and longsuffering and gentleness and goodness and meekness and temperance and faithfulness. These other characteristics are an amplifying of the word love, agape, from the Greek. This agape is so far beyond the eros or the phileo. You see, our English language is rather limited, we have the word love. The Greeks have eros or physical love, phileo or emotional type of love and then they have the agape or the divine, deep, all consuming fervent love.
The word agape is rarely used in classical Greek, if at all. Thus when used in the New Testament, Paul saw necessity to sort of define it for them. In first Corinthians thirteen you have Paul giving a definition of agape. It suffers long and is kind, envies not, wants not itself, does not behave itself unseemly, does not provoke, seeketh not its own, believes all things, hopes all things, it never fails, this is agape love. Paul defines it for you. It’s a very rich, full and complete love.
Here in Galatians as he said, “the fruit of the spirit is love” again there is a definition. He tells you the characteristics of this kind of love. It fills with you joy, it brings you peace, it causes you to be longsuffering and kind and gentle and good and faithful and temperament. These are the characteristics that are manifested by this by this love. That basically is the fruit that God is looking for in our lives, this love. The love that suffers long and is kind, the love that doesn’t seek its own way, the love that is concerned and reaching out to others. As we look at our lives, do we see selfishness there? Do we see a me first kind of an attitude? Do we find ourselves so involved in our own self-interest that we don’t take time or make time for others or we don’t really give ourselves for others? So let’s go into the garden, let’s take a look at the fruit, let’s examine ourselves, let’s look at our own lives.
Let’s go back over the list in first Corinthians thirteen. Love suffereth long, and is kind; envies not, wants not itself, doesn’t behave itself unseemly, doesn’t seek its own. Instead of the word love let’s insert the word Jesus. Jesus suffers long and is kind. It fits, no damage. He envies not, doesn’t want himself, is not puffed up and does not behave himself unseemly. He doesn’t seek his own way, he endures all things, he believes all things, he hopes all things. He never fails. Fits like a glove. Now put your name in there. How far can you get before you do that? Chuck suffers long and is kind…well…You see what that means is that you take it and take it and take it and then you are still kind; love suffers long and is kind. Sometimes I take it but then afterwards I am not so kind. I said, “all right I’ve taken and I’m gonna do something about it” but that isn’t love. Love suffers long and is kind.
So that is what the Lord and as you go over that you see these little self-evaluation tests to find how great a lover you are or whatever they do with all these tests that you take in these magazines and you grade yourself and you can find out more about yourself through these little personality kind of tests. This is one of those good tests that you should take at least once a week to see how you are developing and how the fruit is developing in your life for this is what God is wanting. This is the fruit that God is seeking for your life; this agape love is what God is wanting to produce in you. God is very concerned that your life brings forth fruit.
“I am the true vine, my father is the husband and every branch in me that bringeth forth fruit, he washes it that it might bring back more fruit. Now you are clean through the word, which I have spoken to you. Abide in me and let my word abide in you that you might bring forth much fruit and herein is the father glorified.”
So this is what God desires, that your life bring forth much fruit, love. That there be this divine agape kind of love that flows forth from your life and touches the world around you. The invitation is to go into the garden, take a look at the fruit and let’s see if our lives are really bringing forth fruit that will bring glory to our Lord.
The mandrakes give a smell, (7:13).
The mandrakes were an aphrodisiac. It was very rare around Jerusalem; they do grow more in the Galilee region. Going back to the book of Genesis with the competition that was going on between Leah and Rachel for the love of Jacob. One of the sons found some mandrakes and there was sort of a deal made between Rachel and Leah over them. You can read that for yourself in Genesis thirty.
The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved (7:13).
She speaks of the new fruit and the old fruit or the fresh fruit and the dried fruit. As we remarked this morning, there’s something about dried fruit. Although it’s old it seems to be sweeter than fresh fruit because the starches have all been transformed into the sugars. The sugar becomes more concentrated in the dried fruit. I have had sour grapes before but I have never had a sour raisin. When I was a kid I ate raisins all the time and never had a sour raisin. There’s just something about dried fruit, they are sweeter. The old fruits that are dried become sweeter.
The love should become sweeter with time. As you are growing together in love your love should be sweeter as the years go by and richer and more pleasant, sweeter. The old, but yet there always needs to be a freshness to romance, a freshness to the love. The love that comes, the fruit that comes, the old and the fresh. Sometimes there is a freshness at the beginning but there’s a carelessness as the years go by and we begin to take each other for granted. We don’t give the same attention; we don’t show the same concerns. The Lord notices that. To the church of Ephesus he said, “Though you have a lot of works and you have discernment, yet I have this against you because you have left your first love. It was so important to him that they return to that first love that he threatened that if they didn’t he would remove his presence, “I’ll take the candlestick and move it out of its place unless you return to that first love”.
His exhortation was to remember, remember those days when you were courting, remember those days when there was that excitement, that freshness of love, that blossoming of love in that relationship. Then he said, “Go back and do your first works over”. Well he said repent first and then go back and do your first works.
In chapter eight the bride is continuing to speak.
O THAT thou wert as my brother, that sucked [nursed] the breasts of my mother! when I should find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea I should not be despised. I would lead thee, and bring thee into mother’s house, who would instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice of my pomegranate. His left hand should be under my head, and his right hand should embrace me (8:1-3)
Turning to the daughters of Jerusalem.
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, not awake my love, until he please (8:4).
She has really sort of saying I wish we that we had a blood relationship, as my brother. Years ago, when I was pastoring in Tucson, we were going to have a church activity on a holiday because on holidays down there so many people are away from their families. So we celebrated our Thanksgiving together. We had a big Thanksgiving dinner at the church, much like we do here only their practically the whole church participated because most everybody moves to Tucson for health reasons and you leave your family back east. Practically everyone was without family so we would all gather on Thanksgiving and holidays. We’d gather at the church and celebrate the holidays together as a church family. There was one elderly man there at the church and I was asking him if he was going to need transportation to come to the Thanksgiving dinner. He said, “Oh no. I’m going to have Thanksgiving dinner with my daughter and her husband. Blood is thicker than water”. That’s sort of the idea of that’s expressed here. I would like to have a close relationship with you that nothing would break it.
You can’t break the fact that you are related by blood. That can’t be changed. You may not have much contact, you may even not want to have any contact but you can’t break the fact that there is a bond that can’t be broken. She is speaking of her desire to have a bond that could not be broken. That you were as my brother, that there was that closeness and that bond so deep it could never be broken.
That really is the kind of bond we do have with Jesus; a bond that can never be broken. She said, “I would lead you into my mother’s house, she would instruct me and I would call thee to drink” (8:2). We would share in this love and it would be a glorious thing.
The people of the village where she was born, she grew up, as they were coming together. When she went to Jerusalem it was in this glorious bridal carriage that was born by sixty men and this glorious thing that he had made, the tapestry, the purple, the base of gold and everything and coming into Jerusalem with Solomon it was all this glorious pomp. Now they return back to the simplicity, the country life, the little village where she was born. The people in the village, as they see them coming without the carriage speak.
Who is this that cometh up the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? (8:5).
Walking together. She is leaning upon him. You can see the couple as they are approaching and so in love. As they are approaching she is leaning up on him. Now he speaks.
I raised thee up under the apple: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee (8:5).
It would seem that this apple tree had a significance in their relationship. It was probably where they first met, where they first saw each other, the first love at first sight kind of a thing under the apple tree that was near her home there by her house. She responds to him.
Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned [content] (8:6-7).
She is asking to set the seal. The seal was the signet ring. Sometimes they wore the signet ring on a necklace. It was the mark of ownership. Set your mark of ownership upon me, upon my heart.
It is interesting that in Ephesians chapter one, as Paul is listing all of the blessings that we have through Christ and in Christ, he begins the list by saying, “Thanks be unto God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in Christ in heavenly places”. As he begins to describe these spiritual blessing, chosen in him before the foundations of the earth, redeemed, accepted, had this inheritance and that “we were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise until the day of redemption which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession”. So here’s she saying I want you to set your seal upon my heart. Paul declares that God has placed his seal, his signet upon us and that seal is the Holy Spirit. God has given to us the Holy Spirit as a deposit or down payment, so to speak, by which God places upon us his mark of ownership until he redeems the purchased possession.
Now Ephesus was a major seaport of the ancient world. The major seaport where the goods from the east were brought and there they were placed on ships and sent to Rome. The merchants from Rome would be there in Ephesus to purchase these goods. When they would purchase the goods they would appraise them for shipping and then they would put a wax seal on it and the merchant would take his ring and make the impression in the wax. It was the sign of ownership; “These goods belong to me. I purchased them”. They would be loaded on the ships and taken to the Roman port of Puteoli where the employees of the owner would go down to the ship and recognize the signet ring mark in the wax and say, “That belongs to my boss” and they would unload it and lay claim to the possessions that he had purchased there in Ephesus.
Those in Ephesus, many of them were deeply involved in this trade. They understood completely the type of transactions that were going on. So Paul, in writing to the Ephesians said that “The Lord has put on us his seal of ownership until the redemption of the purchased possession”. He declares that it is the earnest of our inheritance. It is to show you that God is earnest, he’s intent in his desire to redeem you. “It is the earnest of the inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession. You see the Lord hasn’t yet had me arrive at the homeport. When I arrive at the homeport, I’ll have his seal on me and he will say, “He is mine, let him in”. The seal of the Holy Spirit, the earnest of the inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.
She’s asking for this seal, your ownership, your mark, your stamp of ownership upon me. Then she is speaking of love, “It’s as strong as death but jealousy is as cruel as the grave”. The word-translated grave is the word translated hell. Jealousy is as cruel as hell. The coals of fire.
There are those who say that jealousy is a sign of love. Perhaps. Yet jealousy could be cruel and it could burn. “So many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it and if you gave all of the substance of love you would be utterly content” (8:7). It is worth more than everything you have. What was that song they used to sing years ago? Songs used to have good meanings to them, even the popular songs. Today, if you can understand them, it’s usually you are sorry you did. I can remember the song; “There was a boy, a very strange enchanted boy who wandered very far, very far, over land and sea”. You remember that one? “The greatest thing you’ll learn is to love and be loved in return”. Love, true love, is stronger than death and many waters cannot quench it, the floods cannot drown it and if you gave everything you had for it you would be getting a bargain. It’s worth more than anything.
The bride goes on to speak about her little sister. She’s not yet old enough to get married, she’s not yet developed and she is still just a child.
We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for? (8:8).
When she gets a little bigger, when she gets to mature, and someone desires to marry her. The bridegroom then answers.
If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar (8:9).
In other words we’ll take care of that when the time comes. If she’s like a wall we will build upon her, we will add to her beauty, to her grace, to her glory. So the bride speaks.
I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favor (8:10).
Her response as she declares the fact that her joy in finding favor in the eyes of the one she loved.
Now sort of a little footnote.
Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver (8:11).
It was leased out and he was to receive for the lease of each of the fields a thousand pieces of silver. But she declares.
My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred [or a double tithe]. Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it. Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountain of spices (8:12-14).
The end of this beautiful poem. She calls for her desire to hear his voice, “the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it” (8:13). I think that that’s a good prayer to end the Song of Solomon with. That is to cause me to hear your voice O Lord. Give me a sensitive ear that I might hear the voice of my Lord when he speaks to me.
The Bible says that “there are many voices that go forth and none of them without significance”. Have you developed a trained ear to hear the voice of God? Over and over Jesus said, “He that have an ear, let him hear”. Thou the Lord is speaking, so many times people do not hear him. It’s not that he isn’t speaking, it’s that we are not listening or that we are not tuned into his voice.
In the atmosphere here tonight, in this room, there are many voices, there’s all kind of music; music that you wouldn’t care to listen to and music that you might enjoy, it’s all here. There are pictures all around us in the atmosphere here, visions so to speak. All kinds of things are happening. People are getting shot, people are chasing others in cars, all kinds of adventures are taking place right here within the atmosphere. All you need is a proper tuner to tune it in and you can hear the music or you could see the actions that are going on; the news reports or whatever. All you need is to be tuned into the proper frequency and you can hear those voices.
I believe that God is speaking and he speaks to each of us. Our problem is that we are not always tuned in to hear the voice of God. Yet, it is so important that we do learn to hear the voice of God and we begin to understand the voice of God. How many times, over and over do we read in the book of Jeremiah, “And the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet saying”? I wonder how many times the word of the Lord comes to us but we don’t recognize it or we don’t hear it, we are not in a position to be tuned in.
One of the problems is sensory glut. Our five senses are constantly and continually feeding information to our brain. At the very same time your brain is interpreting all of these sensory messages that are coming from your eyes, ears and nerve centers around your body. So as you are sitting there you are thinking, “my this seat is getting harder” and you are seeing the colors and your brain is interpreting the various colors, the face and so forth and identifying. You are hearing the words and the brain is taking these sounds and translating them into meaningful thoughts. It may be that someone near you has a pleasant perfume and you are thinking, “Hey I wonder what is that. What kind of perfume is that?” and all of these things are being processed by your brain as the five senses of your body is feeding this information to your brain and being interpreted and then being responded to as your brain is saying, “Move a little bit and it will feel softer again”. You are responding to these things.
In a part of the training of the astronauts for their space missions because when you get out into space you are in a weightless condition and you don’t get that sense of hard or soft and it’s very quiet. In the preparation for the astronauts for their missions in space they seek to place them in what they call a position of sensory deprivation. So they put them in this warm water which is the same temperature of the body so you are not aware of hot or cold. In the water you are floating so you get the sense of weightlessness and they darken the room. There you are floating in this water, in this weightless condition in the darkened room which is absolutely silent, you don’t hear a thing. The interesting thing, after an astronaut spent a day in this position of sensory deprivation they begin to have visions. The sixth sense is opened. That is why many astronauts have testified to spiritual experiences because they have been in a position of sensory deprivation which has opened them up to what we normally don’t hear or don’t interpret because we are so glutted with all of the information that comes in constantly to our brain.
That is why the prophets, the disciples, had a tremendous advantage over us in hearing the voice of God. That is why in our day and age it’s not as common for us to hear or to understand God’s voice because we are so glutted with so much information. When you get into your car to go home is the first thing after turn on the ignition the radio probably goes on. You have the station all set and there it is and all the way you’ll be listening to music or to news or something and your mind is going to be busy, busy, busy listening in and being filled in on the world around you. At the same time you’re going to be seeing those car lights coming toward you, you’re going to be computing the speed of that car, you’ll be watching the direction while you are watching your own speed, making sure you don’t go over the limit and judging the distance between you and that stop sign and how fast you must depress the brake pedal in order that you might come to a slow stop. All of this stuff is going on and your brain is working, working, working and computing. No wonder you’re tired when you go to bed at night.
You see, they didn’t have freeways, they didn’t have radio, and they didn’t have all of these things to glut their minds. When they went somewhere they walked. You know, whenever I really want to meditate I walk. I find it’s very conducive for meditation. You don’t have to worry about cars and you don’t have all these concerns. I never worry about a plane falling on me. Wherever they went they walked. They had that time. There were open channels; there weren’t busy signals. There were open channels to where God could speak to them and they would learn to tune into the voice of God, to hear the voice of God and they understood the voice of God.
In that sense, they had a tremendous advantage over us in our modern age of technology, which has so clouded our brains. Of course we get to learning more and more about the environment and the noise level that is continually rising in our environment. They do have an affect upon us, subconsciously, they affect us.
I sort of sometimes like the bride with Solomon in Jerusalem with all of the hustle and bustle, let’s go back to the little village and there let’s go into the vineyard and go to the simple life and experience the love and all after all we have each other and that’s all we need.
Lord, help me to hear your voice, that was her prayer. Let me hear your voice, let that be our prayer. God let me hear your voice. Help me to be quiet, to find a place of quietness where I can just sit and commune and cause me Lord to hear your voice. If you do, you’ll find he’ll be speaking to you of his love and his desires for you and you’ll be so enriched by that communion.
Father we thank You tonight for that relationship that we have with You. We’re the bride and our hearts are filled with love for the one who has captured our heart, even Jesus Christ our Lord. You love us Lord and our desire is toward You, ever toward you. Draw us close. In Jesus name father, Amen.
Next week we begin the exciting prophecy of Isaiah. Err we get far in Isaiah we will find out all about Hussein and Iraq, the king of Babylon, he tackles him early. We’ll find some very exciting things that Isaiah has to say that are very relevant to the day in which we live. We’ll start out next week. We’ll try a couple of chapters in Isaiah. May the Lord just really bless you as we plunge into this prophet and we begin to see the marvelous area of prophecy and how God spoke to the prophets. God, who so many times and different ways spoken to the fathers by the prophets. So we’ll see how God spoke to the nation of Israel through the prophet Isaiah.
May the Lord bless you and draw you into that sweet glorious communion with him. May you get aside quiet and alone so you can hear his voice or you can see his face or you can enjoy his companionship. God Bless you. Make it a beautiful week.
Edited & Highlighted from “The Word For Today” Transcription, Pastor Chuck Smith, Tape #7241