Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 17 December 2019

My Beloved

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? My beloved is white and ruddy, the chiefest among ten thousand.(Song of Solomon 5:9-10)

Today’s Morsel:   To me, the Book of the Song of Solomon is written as a love story that portrays a soon to be bride and her bridegroom.  It is a picture of what Christ is to us and we are to be to Him.  As Paul told the church at Corinth, For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.(2 Corinthians 11:2)   The high priest was not to marry anyone that was not a pure virgin (see Leviticus 21:10-14).  Here, then, we see Christ is our great high priest, the spouse or husband, and we, the church, are the pure virgin, His soon bride.   We are to be the undefiled, the unspotted, the unblemished ones.  We are to remain pure for His coming.  What is our beloved more than another beloved?  Why is Jesus loved more by so many than any other?   Because “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.(Acts 4:12); “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.(Romans 5:8); And we must show that love by keeping His commandments.(John 14:15)   We must remain pure for the soon coming of our Beloved.

Sing: He is fairer than the lily of the valley, brighter than the morning star; Purer than snow; Fresher than the breeze, lovelier than all of these.

Thought For Today:  Keep thyself pure.

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