(Song of Solomon 2; Psalm 91)
The beauty of this Song lies on the fact that this is a
picture of a marital relationship with spiritual roots and meaning between
Christ and His bride. She confesses to finding delight under His shadow, the
secure place for her to be, as Psalm 91 so declares: He who dwells in the
Secret Place of the Almighty shall remain fixed and stable. While the bride of
Christ delights to be in His presence feeding on His Word, she makes a
proclamation that His fruit was sweet to her taste. His Word, like a fruit, nourishes
and satisfies the craving of her soul. I will say of the Lord: He is my refuge,
my fortress and my God, in Him I will trust. He delights in covering His bride
with His love. In His presence, she experiences the abundance of a banquet- a
spiritual banquet. While He spreads His love over her she is sustained, and
protected, refreshed and completely absorbed in Him. She is enveloped by His
embrace, a symbol of complete protection from all evil. He covers her with His
pinions and under His wings she finds refuge. No one will be able to harm her.
His truth and faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. He is to her a Protector
and a Defender. Therefore, she will not fear terror, arrow, pestilence, and
destruction that attack and surprise at any time of the day. Even though a
thousand may fall at her side and ten thousand at her right hand, nothing will
even come near her. Secured under the shadow of the Almighty, she becomes only
a spectator or a witness of all that is happening around her.
Lord’s deliverance of Israel before judgement fell on Egypt is a type of the
rapture. In it we see the consistency of our God saving His people before
judging nations. Israel had been in Egypt for 400- 430 years. From the time of
famine in the land and their deliverance by their brother, Joseph, Israel never
went back to Canaan. According to the words the Lord God spoke to Jacob, Do not
be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will there make of you a great nation; I
will go down with you to Egypt and I will also surely bring you up again..
(Gen. 46:3-4). In obedience, Jacob moved
to Egypt with his family of seventy total. That’s when the 430 years stated for Israel’s
permanency in Egypt. Thirty years of freedom and 400 hundred years of slavery. That
was to be fulfilled according to what God had told Abraham when covenanting
with him (Gen.15:13). God said to Abram, Know positively that your descendants
will be strangers dwelling as temporary residents in a land that is not theirs,
and they will be slaves there and will be afflicted and oppressed for 400 years
family of four fled the famine in the land in the time when the judges ruled
the country. There were four of them: husband, wife and their two sons. Theirs
was a life of tragedy and misfortune in the period of ten years while in the
country of Moab, where they made it their home for a while. They were
Ephrathites from Bethlehem of Judah, a place linked to prophecy concerning the
birth of the Savior of the world. But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are
small among the clans or rulers of Judah, out of you will come for me One Who
will be Ruler over Israel, whose coming forth from of old ( Micah 5:2). Nothing in God’s calendar happens by mistake.
Although circumstances pointed out tragedy, His plan of old, from eternity was
firmly established through the lives of this family, although indirectly, for
it was not going to be from them, but from a Moabitess woman and a kin of the husband,
that Bethlehem was going to be exalted above the heavens.
There are seven feasts ordained and established by the Lord given to Israel when in their journey to the Promised Land. These feasts constitute YAHWEH’S purpose for the future of the world and in particular for Israel. For that reason it is called the feasts of the Lord. In them we see YAHWEH’S love for humankind, for they have to do with redemption, His future plan to establish His kingdom on earth, and the future for His bride- the church. The Passover Feast and the Unleavened Bread had to do with YAHSHUA’S sacrificial death. He was crucified on this feast day. Paul confirms when he said, Purge the old leaven that you may be fresh dough, still uncontaminated, for Christ, our Passover [Lamb] has been sacrificed ( I Cor. 5:7). He was resurrected on the feast of first fruits. Paul once again confirms when he said, But the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead, and He became the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep [in death]. For since through a man that death [came into the world, it is] also through a Man that the resurrection of the dead [has come] for just as in Adam all people die, so also shall all in Christ be made alive (I Cor. 15:20-23). The Feast of weeks happened fifty days later when the disciples were in the upper room and the Holy Spirit descended upon them according to Acts 2 verses 1-4: And when the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all assembled together in one place when suddenly there came a sound from heaven like the rushing of a violent tempest blast, and it filled the whole house in which they were siting and there appeared to them tongues resembling fire, which were separated and distributed and which settled on each one of them and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as the Spirit kept giving them clear and loud expression.
and the earth shall be utterly laid
waste and utterly pillaged; for the Lord
has said this (Vs.3). This chapter of Isaiah is a mini book of Revelation.
Throughout the Old Testament God’s future judgements are predicted ultimately
to destroy the earth and its wicked people with it. It is His final measure to
deal with the stubborn, rebellious people. When this period of grace is past,
His wrath will dominate the world and none who have rejected Him will escape.
It will be merciless, with vengeance and no turning back. We see in this
chapter, the character of His judgements, and the extent of it in verses 1-3:
The scope of His judgements will include all peoples and all class of people.
It shall be with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with
this master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with
the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the creditor, so
with the debtor. No class of people will
escape with the exception of those who have accepted Him. YAHSHUA said, For it
will come upon all who live upon the face of the entire earth. But for those
who have accepted Him He gave a word of warning: Keep awake then and watch at
all times, praying that you may have the full strength and ability to escape
all these things, that will take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son
of Man (Luke 21:35-36).
story of Ruth, the Moabite, does not stop with the end of the book of Ruth;
instead, it begins. It is an amazing story to read. In fact, it is the kind of
story everyone would like to read for its wonderful ending. In the days when the Judges ruled, as the
Bible tells us, a family of four from the town of Bethlehem of Judah, left
their country to sojourn in the country of Moab, due to a famine in the land.
They were Elimelech, Naomi and their two sons, Mahlon and Chilion. It was a
trip of about twenty to thirty miles, not far at all. Moab, is located east of
the Jordan River and the Dead Sea, South of the Arnon (Num. 21:10-15). The Moabites descendants have a questionable
history due to Lot’s daughters in their incestuous relationship with him (Gen.
19:31-35). After the judgment that came to Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s daughters
assuming they to be the only females in that region where they settled, they
took upon themselves the responsibility to solve the problem by bearing Lot’s
children to enable the line of their family to continue. In a devious and
perverse way, they caused their father to lie with them and they both bore his
children. Not an attractive story, is it? But God, as it is said, “Writes
straight on a crooked line.” As a matter
of fact, we are all crooked before Him, but His love has covered the multitude
of our sins through His Son, YAHSHUA.
Daniel was a young man when taken captive to the land of Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar in approximately 604 B.C. He was from a noble family. His name bears the meaning God is my judge. Through the entire time Daniel lived in that foreign land, he displayed faithfulness to God. His testimony before King Nebuchadnezzar always gave credit to God for his success in the interpretations of dreams, even before he went as far as to interpreting the dreams.