Our Daily Bread: Christ is our Groom, We are his Bride: Reading/Thoughts Song of Songs 1:1-17 (NKJV)
Good Tuesday morning it’s July 6, 2021, I pray all is well: In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory to You, our God, glory to You! Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, present in all places and filling all things, the treasury of blessings and Giver of Life: come and abide in us. Cleanse us from all impurity and save our souls, gracious Lord. Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us (3): Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. All holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, forgive our sins. Master, pardon our transgressions. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities, for the glory of Your name. Lord have Mercy. (3): Glory to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
“The Church should love the people of Israel and pray for their salvation.”
Israel and the Church, By: Amir Tsarfati
Song of Songs 1:1-17
1:1 The Song of Songs: According to some of my research this is a Biblical idiom or a group of words. The idiom is indicating this is the greatest of all songs just like the Holy of Holies (Hebrew 9:3, http://bib.ly/He9.3.NKJV) . The meaning to this is it’s the Holiest of all places, and the author Solomon, name meaning “PEACE”. What makes this stand out well Yeshua (Jesus) Himself is known as the “PRINCE OF PEACE” (Isaiah 9:6, http://bib.ly/Isa9.6.NKJV). References are being made to Solomon as the “KING OF PEACE”, Christ throughout this passage. Christ Himself is being portrayed by the Bridegroom (Isaiah 62:5, http://bib.ly/Isa62.5.NKJV) . Lastly the passage ends with a reference being made to the Marriage of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-9, http://bib.ly/Re19.7-9.NKJV) the Marriage of the Lamb we will cover more later on throughout the Bible. As an Orthodox we cite the Nicene Creed every Sunday before Communion: The Nicene Creed first written 325 A.D. and rewritten again in 381 A.D…. https://delraybaptist.org/beliefs/creeds/the-nicene-creed-a-d-325/ https://www.promise686.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Nicene-Creed.pdf (381 AD Nicene Creed)..
1:2 Let him Kiss me: Here the Passage is referring to intimacy with God. It is also talking about the Holy Church and their awaiting of the Lord’s coming. The passage talks about how God sent Angels, Patriarchs, and Prophets to Israel. With them they all together brought spiritual gifts, but the greatest gift was from the Giver Himself. The Bride no longer seeks messengers, but instead seeks love from the Son Of God in His Incarnation.
1:3 The Holy Spirit Himself is the OINTMENT: Yeshua (Jesus) became incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary (Whose name means “MYRRH”). The smells of the ointment are a direct gift of the Holy Spirit, meaning the virtues of the SAINTS have the fragrance of Christ see (2 Corinthians 2:15-17, http://bib.ly/2Co2.15-17.NKJV) . Young maidens are the Chosen ones of Christ, born again through holy baptism.
1:4: The Church isn’t institutions or fancy buildings, the Church is all of us. So Church here is plural because it’s made up of tons of faithful souls. We will run after Christ, which is something he Himself helps us do, and apart from him we can do nothing (John 15:5, http://bib.ly/Jn15.5.NKJV) . We run wholeheartedly according to (1 CO 9:24, http://bib.ly/1Co9.24.NKJV) and the Church is the house of God and is full of mysteries but we have been brought into the inner Chamber, through Christ (2CO 12:4, http://bib.ly/2Co12.4.NKJV) .
1:5 Blackness in the Church: This is referring to either sin or from extreme persecution. We are all sinners, and when we sin we are in the dark, with Christ we become children of the light through his grace. Kedar means either black or dark, bedouin tents or the tents of Kedar were made from the hides of black goats. (Genesis 25:13, http://bib.ly/Ge25.13.NKJV) Kedar was the 2nd son of Ishmael, and there are other references to Kedar was a place of trouble (Psalm 119, http://bib.ly/Ps119.NKJV) . The curtains of Solomon were known for their lavish beauty.
1:6: The Church has suffered extreme persecution from the sons of my mother, in reference to the inhabitants of Jerusalem who despised Christ. There was one vineyard after the resurrection of Christ, and Jerusalem is known as the city of peace. Saint Stephen was martyred in Acts 7:54-60, http://bib.ly/Ac7.54-60.NKJV After this the Church scattered throughout the world planting vineyards everywhere since then.
1:7: The Bride awaits the Bridegroom, and our souls seek communion with him because Christ is the true spouse of our human souls; Christ is the Shepherd.
1:8: The Church which all of us followers in Christ are the crown jewel of Creation. The fairest maiden is referring to how the Holy Spirit makes us a loving soul. The young goats are things that are bad and stir the pot, we tend to them but we do not feed them.
1:10: The Bridegroom is gratifying His Bride. The CHEEKS is a virtue of modesty. Turtle Doves symbolize fidelity, and couples mating for life. Turtledoves also were a prescribed offering to the poor see, (Leviticus 5:7, and Leviticus 12:8, http://bib.ly/Le5.7.NKJV http://bib.ly/Le12.8.NKJV ) at the time of Yeshua (Jesus) birth Mary and Joseph brought two turtle doves to the temple at the time of Yeshua (Jesus) purification at His birth. (Luke 2:22-24, http://bib.ly/Lk2.22-24.NKJV ).
1:12: This was a prophecy that was fulfilled by Mary of Bethany’s anointing of the LORD with spikenard for His burial, meaning He was at the table (Matthew 26:6, Mark 14:3, Luke 7:37-38, and John 12:3).
1:13: This was fulfilled by Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea (John 19:39-41, http://bib.ly/Jn19.39-41.NKJV) after the crucifixion of Christ our God. His body was anointed again after death covered in myrrh and bundled in linen; He will take a rest in the Church.
1:14: En Gedi has something to do with an oasis somewhere on the west coast of the Dead Sea. It’s a symbol of baptism, and apparently it’s where David hid when he fled from King Saul: (1 Kings 24:1).
1:15: Doves are a symbol of peace not birds of prey!
1:16: The Shaded bed stands for the church, and continues to be a place where we can all seek refuge as well as a relationship with our creator. It’s a place where we can have an intimate “communion with the Divine.”
1:17: Cedar and cypress woods both have distinctive odors and are used to repel pests and vermin.
This is a great stopping point for today and I pray everyone had an outstanding and safe Fourth of July weekend. Today’s message is this our Groom, Christ our God is coming back eventually for his Bride. Before closing out with the Lord's Prayer, remember Luke 21:28- Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”
Lord’s Prayer: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen!
Jared W. Campbell
US Army Retired