Hosea (Program #2) – On Hosea (1)—The Introductory Word and The Symbol of a Wife of Harlotries (1)
Do you realize that the subject of the two bookends of the Bible is the same? It is marriage. The Bible both begins and ends with the loving union of a husband and a wife. In Genesis chapter two, the couple is Adam and Eve. In Revelation 21 and 22, the couple is Christ and the church which becomes the New Jerusalem. In fact the entire Bible is the story of Romance. A romance between God and His corporate people. In Genesis, Adam is really a type of Christ and Eve a type of the church. In Song of Songs, Solomon typifies Christ while the Shulammite maiden represents the church. In the books of the prophets, the bride is typified by the nation of Israel. So now we can see truly the Bible is a romance, the story of a divine person pursuing, wooing and eventually winning the delight of His heart. By Revelation 21, we are told that the bride has made herself ready and that she is spotless and without blemish. But she was not always so. As we see in many places in the Bible, like Hosea, this bride needs much work before she can be ready to be presented to the most lovely and attractive One in the universe, the Lamb of God, our dear Lord Jesus, our bridegroom.
Exodus (Program #55) – Keeping the Law of God by Loving Him and His Word and Becoming One with Him (2)
From Genesis to Revelation, the Bible reveals many deep and mysterious truths. Perhaps the greatest mystery is that it reveals two simple persons, one male and one female. And the romance that ensues between these two persons, it begins in the first pages of Genesis and continues throughout the entire Bible until it is ultimately consummated in the closing passages of Revelation. Have you ever seen the divine romance?
This message is full of vision, and depth, and unveils God’s eternal purpose; and that He has been propelled by His love for man, and He desires above all to enjoy man as His loving counterpart for eternity. This is quite a view of the Bible; a different view that is commonly spoken of and experienced by believers today. To see this kind of love relationship is really a hidden part in the Word of God.
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.