Monday, June 02, 2008

Rose of Sharon

June 2: Song of Solomon 1-8

1 I am a rose of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.

3 As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my beloved among the young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

4 He brought me to the banqueting house,
and his banner over me was love.
Song of Solomon 2:1 & 3-4

Rose of Sharon

Why is the Song of Solomon included in the Bible? Is it not just a love story between Solomon and his Egyptian bride? Historically, the Song of Solomon is thought to be a picture of the love between Christ and His bride, the church. When you stop to think about that for a moment, you begin to realize the truthfulness of that thought.

How could we truly know love apart from God? God has shown us the greatest demonstration of love possible when He sent His only Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to humiliate Himself and come to this earth for the express purpose of shedding His blood so that He might acquire a bride who would spend eternity with Him.

For the most part, Christ was rejected among men, and even those who eventually became His bride were stubborn and rebellious, not coming very willingly. Why would He do it? Why not just destroy this earth and create a new one populated with people who would love and serve Him willingly?

For the true believer, Christ becomes more and more precious each day, as we realize more and more the price that our Lord paid to redeem such ones as us! How precious is His love to us--more precious than gold.

Take some time today and read the Song of Solomon; it is only a few short chapters. While reading the discourse between Solomon and his bride, think of the love between Christ and the members of His church. I pray that you are one of those members!

Truly Christ is the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valley, and His banner over us is love!

God Bless You,

All Scriptures are from the English Standard Version of the Bible.

The pictures above were flowers I received from my husband on Mother's Day. (His banner over me is love!)

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