06 August: Dedicated to Love
At sundown on August 6th 2017, Tu B’Av begins – the Jewish holiday dedicated to love – similar to Valentine’s Day. It’s said to be a “great day for weddings”…
READ SONG OF SONGS 1 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
As I read this song (which is now close on 3,000 years old), my mind is taken back to the very beginning – to Adam and Eve. In the beginning God said: “Let us make man in our image…” So, in the image of God, mankind was created both male and female.[a] Since the beginning, the Creator God had originally designed the world to be ruled by a couple of fully functioning image-bearers. Together, and working in harmony, inseparable in mind and heart, the two together would be the likeness of the Living God to the world that He created.
With all the confusion today, in relation to identity and sexuality, I wonder if King Solomon’s song, dedicated to love, is not just ‘relevant’, its actually essential reading for anyone contemplating not just human relationships, but a divine relationship with their Maker. Like a Shakespearean play though, the words of this song need to be studied to be properly understood in God’s way. With the physical, spiritual, and even prophetic layers woven into the lyrics of this song, I’d say it embraces the start of humanity, the heart of its long-term sustainability, and the substance of our Eternity. I wonder if the essence of its words (and the miraculous preservation of them for us to read today), are not just about the dedication of a young couple’s love. Instead, it’s a vital road map back to our other half: the God of Love[b] who made us to be like Him – the One who therefore makes us whole.
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But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.
Finding it hard to speak with the God of Love? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[c]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
I will glory in the Lord and as I do, let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me: let’s exalt His name together. [Psalm 34:2-3]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: God’s love made known in South Korea[d]
Your Country: Victims of Sexual Abuse
Yourself: Godly behaviour towards the opposite sex
Your concerns for today
Thank-You my Lord and King, that anyone who believes in You will never be put to shame. [Romans 10:11]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Listen, Father God, to the supplications of Your servant and of Your people when they pray toward Your dwelling place; hear from Your dwelling place, from heaven; hear and forgive. [2 Chronicles 6:21]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
May I humble myself before You, God, to seek from You a safe journey through this life, for us, our loved ones, and what belongs to us. [Ezra 8:21]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[e] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = Prayer
“If anyone lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” [James 1:5]
[a] Genesis 1:26-28
[b] 1 John 4:7,8&16
[c] Matthew 6:5-15
[e] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31