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Two Fold Testing (Song of Solomon, Chapter 5 – Part 1)

*Today I am excited to have Patrick Atkins guest posting about Song of Solomon, Chapter 5.  For more about Patrick, read through to the end of the post.

This is a very exciting chapter in the midst of great testing.

Jesus continues to affirm His Bride and now takes her as His inheritance.  She is now under His full ownership as He starts off the chapter stating that the garden of her heart is now His garden.

“I have come to 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.”
(Song 5:1)

The scene changes rather quickly as Jesus came to her in the night as the suffering soul in the garden at Gethsemane (Reference Matt. 26:36, Luke 22:44) knocking and asking to come in.

“Open to me, my sister, my darling, my dove, my perfect one. For my head is drenched with dew, My locks with the damp of the night.”
(Song 5:2)

As stated in the last post, “He wants us to follow Him to the cross”.  In this chapter, He reveals Himself in the heart wrenching condition He was in before He endured the Cross.

When He said, “I have gathered my myrrh along with my balsam” in verse one, we already know what the myrrh means.  It is embracing the way of the cross and the balsam, or spices, represents the impartation of grace that is needed along the way.

She was not hesitant and her heart was awake! Her response was one of great commitment.

“I have taken off my dress, How can I put it on again? I have washed my feet,
How can I dirty them again? “ (Song 5:3)

She stated that she is pure and clean and has no intention of compromising in her life again.  She has said yes to opening up her heart to Him and will not turn back.

Test One: Dark Night of the Soul

But an unexpected event takes place as she went to open the door. In all of her excitement and readiness to embrace her Beloved she opens up only to find that He has turned from her.

“I opened for my beloved,
But my beloved had turned away and was gone.
My heart leaped up when he spoke.
I sought him, but I could not find him;
I called him, but he gave me no answer.”
(Song 5:6)

This is referred to as the Dark Night of the Soul or a season of silence.  It is the second time that He has withdrawn from her, but this time it is not caused by her disobedience.  He removes His presence this time to evoke a greater maturity and love for Him.  For we know that He says, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,” (Hebrews 13:5)

This test allows us to seek Him even deeper and stronger than before.  It is in these times that we must remind ourselves of His promises and of His everlasting commitment to us.  If you are feeling like you are in this season of life, do not turn away but PRESS IN TO HIM AT AN EVER GREATER LEVEL!

Test Two: Persecution and Rejection

“The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me, They struck me and wounded me; The guardsmen of the walls took away my shawl from me.”
(Song 5:7)

The watchmen and guardsmen refer to spiritual leaders and authorities.  These were wounds from friends, sometimes the hardest to endure but even Jesus had to suffer in this way from those closest to Him.

The shawl or veil being taken away speaks of her spiritual covering and place in ministry being removed.  The people and position that she felt safest in came and turned against her.

This is not an easy test and it is VERY easy to allow bitterness and judgment to creep in.  Do not allow the enemy any footings in this season.  Guard your heart and tongue and allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you.

These two great testings revealed the Bride’s heart for her Beloved.  I will reveal her extraordinary response next week in part 2.  Just remember that God sometimes offends the mind to reveal the heart.  To that end, I would like ask you what your response would be after these two tests?

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Patrick blogs at History is Hiring where he researches, writes, and share posts of past and present history makers and shakers that are fueling the righteous raise of our future.  He includes articles on movements, messages, multimedia, manuscripts, music, etc., all of which have influenced history.  He also shares his own personal history as encouragement to others.   Please visit Patrick’s blog and check out past and present articles as well as share possible “stories” that you think would make a great post.

 

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12 Comments

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    Anonymous
    July 27, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Wow, that is soooo good!  It really opened the meaning of those scriptures up to me.  I have been tested in both of those ways.  How did I react?  I can definitely say the second test — having leadership turn their backs on me/removing my spiritual covering — I reacted with rejection and anger.   Actually, it was the best thing that could have happened to me, though at the time it shook my foundation.  It definitely forced me to dig deeper roots and it showed things in my heart that needed healing and cleaning.  God is good! 

    Wonderful post!

    Beth
    http://mydestinysharinghope.com/

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    Larri at Seams Inspired
    July 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks so much for unraveling the mystery of these verses! I’ve really struggled with the interpretation, and am happy to be able to understand them. I will continue to read this chapter throughout the week, so I will better understand what God is trying to reveal to me. Happy Wednesday!

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      Barbie
      July 27, 2011 at 3:32 pm

      Thankful for His revelation to your heart. I am so walking through this season in my life.

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    Elizabeth
    July 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Song of Solomon is one of the most loved books in my Bible.  You left a comment on my blog and that is how I found you.  I’m going to follow.
    Elizabeth
    http://www.justfollowingjesus.com

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    Greg Simas
    July 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    If we don’t understand this test we will somehow conclude that God has forsaken us or for some reason doesn’t love us.  This is actually meant to clearly discover our great need of Him and grow in maturity in love. 

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    amy d
    July 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    great questions for us to chew on!

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      Barbie
      July 28, 2011 at 4:58 am

      Thanks for visiting Amy!

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    Barbie
    July 28, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Thanks for sharing your journey of testing with us Beth.  I am so thankful that God always uses the difficult circumstances in our life to teach us according to His plan. 

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    Barbie
    July 28, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Thanks for following Elizabeth!  I am your newest follower as well.  Sounds like we have some things in common.  And your blog header is just so peaceful and inviting!

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    Kerri Smith
    July 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    thank you Patrick for sharing what God has placed on your heart. and thank you again Barbie, my friend for this study!

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      Barbie
      July 30, 2011 at 3:42 am

      You’re welcome Kerri! Love having you each week.  I am beginning to think of what to discuss next. Any thoughts? I am loving this study thing!

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