Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
September 24 Scripture Selection: Song of Solomon 4-6
Food for Thought: Song of Sol. 4:7, 15
Well, continuing with our reading through the book of Song of Solomon and applying the symbolism of the Beloved representing Jesus the Bridegroom, and the Shulamite representing the Bride, His Church, the selection is very uplifting. That is what true love does: it edifies and never tears down the ones He loves.
Here, Jesus says to His Bride, “You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you (vs. 7).” Could that be true?! Yes! His blood has made us perfect (I John 1:7; 1 Cor. 6:11; Heb. 10:19). It certainly couldn’t be by our own outward efforts or fleshly appearance (Gal. 3:3). If the Lord waited to come back for a Bride that didn’t have any flaws in the flesh, or who tried to make herself righteous by her acts, He would never return (Eph. 5:26, 27).
Further, the Bridegroom calls His Bride, “A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon (vs. 15).” The Bride, the Church and Body of Christ, has much to give that produces life—and not just for herself, but for all who would come to her and drink. Jesus told us it would be that way in John 4:14: “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” Further, in John 7:38, Jesus says, “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” And united together, they both say, “’Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely (Rev. 22:17).”
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. And when Jesus looks at His beloved Bride, He does not see her outward imperfections. He sees only her beauty. He sees her amazing, life-giving potential. He sees God’s nature in her. And He loves her with an everlasting, unconditional love.
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):