Our Daily Bread: Readings/ Thoughts on Song of Songs 2:1-17: Sleeper's Arise!
Good Wednesday morning it’s July 7, 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!
“Israel and the Church are the only two groups of people who God calls His witnesses.” - Israel and the Church, By: Amir Tsarfati
Song of Songs 2:1-17
2:1: The Bridegroom is a flower making a mortal reference to the Incarnation. The Son of God becomes man and is exalted as a lily of humility in the valley’s and in the lowest places.
2:2: The Church is being described as a lily among thorns talking about the afflictions that life can bring, and even in a world full of sin. There are good and faithful people who seek God as well as his mercy.
2:3: The Apple Tree, unlike the other trees of the woods, gives nourishment through sweet fruit. The apple is a symbol of favor (Deuteronomy 32:10, Psalm 16:8, and Zechariah 2:12). Christ our God is beloved, and His commandments are sweet for all those thirsting for the living word (Psalm 118:103). I use the Orthodox version for my Scripture work and reflections: All other versions see Psalm 1119:
2:4: The House of wine: That would be the Church filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-21) and as the Bride of Christ we desire His Love
2:5: When King David completed the Burnt offerings Cakes of raisins were given to the people of Israel, and peace offerings were also made this was the Ark of the Covenant. (2 Kings 6:16-19, and 1 Chronicles 16:1-3). So together with all they had along with the apples symbolizing the sweetness of God’s grace given to all believers.
2:6: Embrace of a tender and attentive lover. The right hand of God indicates His royal favor ( Psalm 15:11, and Psalm 16:7, and Hebrews 8:1).
2:7: The Bridegroom is addressing the faithful as the daughters of Jerusalem. The powers that help to assist us are referring to angelic hosts and also the Saints. The Field, see Matthew 13:38, according to Yeshua (Jesus) it’s the world we live in. In, 1 Corinthians 3:9) Saint Paul calls us all “God’s field”
2:8: Our soul responds to the voice of the Lord. What Solomon is foretelling us here is the coming Incarnation or the transition of the Lord. Examples of Christ transitions His birth, His death, His resurrection, and lastly his ascent into Heaven. (Wisdom of Solomon 18:15-16, many of you will not have this in your Bible’s, it’s only in Orthodox versions.)
2:9: The gazelle or young stag, is referring to how the Lord appeared to humans as a humble man, and a loving servant to all. “Bethel” also means the House of God, also another meaning is the Church.
2:10-11: make a connection with Rome (Romans 13:12)
2:12: The Flowers are telling us that spring is here or even near, and it’s a symbol for the resurrection of Christ our God. The Lord also sets a time for pruning regarding our spiritual fruit, John 15:2.
2:13: The Fig Tree is used to describe Israel throughout the bible and is used even in the Old Testament to symbolize Israel before the Incarnation of the Son of God. (Hosea 9:10, Matthew 21:19-21, Mark 11:13, 20, 21, and Luke 13:6-7). The Fig Trees in this passage are young and immature, just like many young believers who have not grown strong in their faith with God. (1 Corinthians 3:1). Christ our God is the true vine (John 15:1-5), and the vines are referring to the Church, and also the New Israel. The Fragrance is us to Christ just like Christ to God the Father. (2 Corinthians 2:15). Matthew 24:1-51 The Fig Tree Generation (Beginning of Sorrows).
2:14: And Come: The LORD commands those of us you are considered asleep to arise and join Him (Ephesians 5:14). The Dove symbolizes fidelity and chastity, the Rock is Christ our God (1 Corinthians 10:4). Of course the voice of Christ is heard throughout the Church.
2:16: We belong to Christ our God and no one else and Saint Paul spoke of this mystery in (Ephesians 5:32) it’s a comparison to Christ and Church being one like a Marriage.
2:17: The eternal day, and the shadows of the ignorant will always depart in the presence of Christ our God great glory. (Romans 13:12).
Today’s message: Is coming out of verse 14, it’s time for all the sleepers to arise and join Christ our God. This has been weighing heavily on my heart the last few days, and yes I feel our time is short. The More I study the Bible the more I see what is happening around us that is adding to Bible prophecy. My calling isn’t to be a preacher so sleepers take note, my calling is to share the scriptures and my messages. To the Sleepers the Watchmen says your time is short and the restraints will be removed when the time is right. God is a God of choice and free will! But two options remain for the Sleepers, either you chose Darkness, or you can repent or perish!
Closing 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