Song of Songs (Program #4) – Called to be Delivered from the Self Through the Oneness with the Cross
Hebrews 12:2 tells us, “Looking away unto Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down on the right hand of the throne of God.”
The Song of Songs is a picture of a lover of the Lord Jesus Christ in the pursuit of Him and there are four stages of that pursuit. The theme of Song of Songs is satisfaction of satisfactions. This book portrays the four stages in the experience of the lover of Christ and can be summarized by the following four sentences:
1) A lover of Christ should be one who is attracted by His love and drawn by Him in His sweetness to pursue after Him for full satisfaction.
2) A lover of Christ should be one who is called by Him to be delivered from the self through his oneness with the cross of Christ.
3) A lover of Christ should be one who is called by Him to live in ascension as the new creation of God in the resurrection of Christ.
4) A lover of Christ should be one who is called by Him more strongly to live within the veil through His cross after the lover’s experience of His resurrection.
When we’re loving the Lord, we need to learn how to look away unto Jesus, look away from ourselves.
Matthew (Program #62) – Prophecy of the Kingdom (1)
One of the great prophecies concerning the end times is found in Matthew chapter 24. This word spoken by the Lord Jesus concerned the magnificent temple in Jerusalem and its future destruction. Of course this word was fulfilled later when the Roman general Titus and his army utterly destroyed the temple. To this day, the temple has never been rebuilt. But this is just the first of many prophecies given by the Lord Jesus in chapters 24 and 25 of Matthew…
Song of Songs (Program #3) – Drawn to Pursue Christ for Satisfaction (2)
The Song of Songs contains a great picture of a seeking Christian’s pursuit of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the opening chapter, there is a description of this pursuit in verses four through eight:
“Draw me; we will run after you- The king has brought me into his chambers- We will be glad and rejoice in you; We will extol your love more than wine. Rightly do they love you. I am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon. Do not look at me, because I am black, Because the sun has scorched me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; They made me keeper of the vineyards, But my own vineyard I have not kept. Tell me you whom my soul loves. Where do you pasture your flock? Where do you make it lie down at noon? For why should I be like one who is veiled beside the flocks of your companions? If you yourself do not know, You fairest among women, Go forth on the footsteps of the flock, And pasture your young goats by the shepherds’ tents.” (Song of Songs 1:4-8)
Matthew (Program #61) – Rebuking of the Jewish Religionists and Forsaking Jerusalem with Its Temple
Hypocrisy, Webster defines it as the act or practice of pretending to be what one is not. Today we are covering Matthew chapter 23 and you want to stay with us because we are going to see what the Lord Jesus say to the religious ones of His days about their hypocrisy. As we get into chapter 23 to look at this very striking message.
Song of Songs (Program #2) – Drawn to Pursue Christ for Satisfaction (1)
“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine.” (Song of Songs 1:2)
This intimate and tender language might be thought to be from a great love sonnet from Shakespeare or Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Yet it’s actually from the opening lines of the book Song of Songs in the Old Testament. Why is a love poem given precious space in the pages of the Bible? There seems to be no way to understand such a book by studying in a doctrinal or theological perspective. It is purely a book of experience and to understand it properly we must learn to interpret the types and figures.
Matthew (Program #60) – The Heavenly King Being Tested (3)
In the day right before the crucifixion of Christ, the situation in Jerusalem was very confused. In many ways we have to say it’s much like today. All manner of religious factions and groups each with their own spin on the theological questions of the day. And each of these groups took their turn asking the Lord Jesus what they thought were difficult even clever questions try to catch Him in a way that they could use to their advantage. But in each turn, of course Jesus prevailed. Until ultimately He silences them by asking them the real question of questions, “What did you think about Christ? Whose Son is He?” As we look at the four-part test that the Lord Jesus allowed His opposers to subject Him to. And then this greatest of all questions that He turn to them.
Song of Songs (Program #1) – An Introductory Word and Drawn to Pursue Christ for Satisfaction (1)
“The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine.
Your anointing oils have a pleasant fragrance;
Your name is like ointment poured forth;
Therefore the virgins love you.” (Song of Songs 1:1-3)
Thus opens one of the most remarkable and mysterious books of the entire Bible – The Song of Songs. It’s the third of three books composed by legendary King Solomon, the son of David and the builder of the first temple of God in Jerusalem. It is neither a book of history, law, prophecy or gospel as are nearly all of the other books of the Old Testament; rather, it is a book of poetry – a beautiful poetic story of the love and romance between a great and mighty king and a poor and lowly country maiden. How are we to understand such a book? The key is to realize that this book is a book of figures and symbols.
Matthew (Program #59) – The Heavenly King Being Tested (2)
The final chapter of Matthew presents a series of parables that are often referred to and even quoted but seldom understood or explained in a full and complete way. These parables all deal not with going to heavens but with the coming kingdom to be established on earth with Christ Himself reigning in righteousness as the King of kings. And they also deal with our participation and enjoyment in this coming kingdom age. One of these well-known parables is the story of the marriage feast. In particularly, one who is called but then expelled for not being dressed in proper wedding garment.
Matthew (Program #58) – The Heavenly King Being Tested (1)
During the final six days of His life on the earth, the Lord Jesus presented Himself to be examined repeatedly even by His strongest critics and most venomous opposers. As we began to look at how Christ came through this series of examinations in Matthew 21.
Matthew (Program #57) – The Cleansing of the Temple and the Cursing of the Fig Tree
After beginning His ministry in the religious capital of Jerusalem, the Lord Jesus went far away when He needed to reveal His kingdom to His disciples. But now He returns for one final triumphant entry into the city of the king prior His being crucified there. All of these details are full of rich meanings and much significances as we will see in today’s life study.