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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions
The Longing For Christ

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Song of Solomon 5:1-16 KJV
(1) I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
(2) I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night.
(3) I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?
(4) My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him.
(5) I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock.
(6) I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
(7) The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.
(8) I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love.
(9) What is thy beloved more than another beloved, O thou fairest among women? what is thy beloved more than another beloved, that thou dost so charge us?
(10) My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.
(11) His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.
(12) His eyes are as the eyes of doves by the rivers of waters, washed with milk, and fitly set.
(13) His cheeks are as a bed of spices, as sweet flowers: his lips like lilies, dropping sweet smelling myrrh.
(14) His hands are as gold rings set with the beryl: his belly is as bright ivory overlaid with sapphires.
(15) His legs are as pillars of marble, set upon sockets of fine gold: his countenance is as Lebanon, excellent as the cedars.
(16) His mouth is most sweet: yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

Song of Solomon is the most seductive book of the Bible. Yet it not meant to be read with sexual tones, but the relationship of the church to Christ or God to the Jewish people. Depending whether you reading this before Christ or after Christ how one could interpret this passage. The bride of God is cast out and beaten by the city government and temple. Jewish people would be cast out of there homes no longer protected by the city wall. A wall and city built for the protection of Godís people that is only destroyed by those who watch and wait for evidence of God. A watchman not believing and only wanting to destroy the believer, to the point they beat and abuse her outside the way.

Godís people had protection but those that came in to the city and came in the form and dress of the government only sought to disrobe the people of God. If it only a prophesy of the church to come and not the temple it is speaking of the church being cast out of Godís house. Christ community not allowed in the temple. The church force outside the city, to be beaten and abused. Her garment of protection gone for Christ had gone to be with God. The evidence of Jesus existence gone and the persecuted church began.

Did Solomon see the destruction of the Jewish people to come in His writings? Did he see what would become of the people of God without the protection of her city. See if the Godís people are not protected by Christ who will protect her. She will be protected by the watchmen. Jesus was not protected by the watchmen who longed for his coming. The teachers and leaders of the law understood who the Messiah was and yet they would not protect Him. Neither would the Temple protect the bride/ church. God has the power to protect the church by His Spirit. It will not be man to protect the church, it will be His Son. The Son that comes for His bride.

It is hard to grasp the full meaning when we think of Christ not with us and then coming to protect His people. The watchmen would try and take the faith of bride, through rape and persecution. Yet her faith would remain. She could still envision her beloved Savior though He be gone. Her longing for Him would not be forgotten. And her covering and protection from her beloved remained, despite the persecution of government and church.

Dear Heavenly Father your protection is awesome for your people. May your church not forget your love for them as they wait for Christ to return and claim them as His bride. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Countdown To Thanksgiving 10 Days left: Thank God for His covering Through His Son. Our protector to all that follow after Him.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Matthew 23:29-31 KJV
(29) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
(30) And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
(31) Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.

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