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.”
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.”
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.”
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 It is the second time that He has withdrawn from her, but this time it is not caused by her disobedience.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.”
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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