Australia Ministry Trip (Sept 26-November 10, 2017)

Australia Ministry Trip (Sept 26-November 10, 2017)
From September 26 to November 10, 2017, my husband, daughter and I will be on a ministry trip in Australia and New Zealand. The places we will be visiting are shown on the map above - along with the dates in which we'll be in these places (and what we'll be doing while there). Please keep this ministry trip and all of us in your prayers! Blogs will appear daily throughout this time, as I have written them and scheduled them in advance. I welcome your comments - and enjoy them! Just know I will not have Internet access for much of this time. So, I will look forward to reading your responses upon my return. Thank you for your understanding! And please keep reading to complete the "Reading the Bible in a Year" challenge and blessing! I am very grateful to Claire for her faithful blog comments (please everyone - join her in sharing each day as a discussion blesses everyone so much more!) And I am thankful that Claire has graciously agreed to add a bit more into her daily comments during my time of absence. Please direct special comments or questions which require immediate responses to her (on this blog). Blessings as you continue your journey through God's Word this year!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - March 27, 2017

Today's Reading:

Matthew 22:23-46

Numbers 22:1-40

Song of Solomon 2:8-3:5

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

Returning to Song of Solomon today, I would like to share a few of the deeper gems to be found, which were first revealed to me by Marian Berry in her book The Prophetic Song of Songs.

Proverbs 2:8-9 "The Voice of my Beloved! Behold, He cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My Beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, He standeth behind our wall, He looketh forth at the windows, shewing Himself through the lattice."

In this prophetic scene, the Bride is speaking. She starts off mentioning "the Voice of my Beloved." The Voice refers to the Word of God. We heed the Voice of God's Word by doing His Commandments:

Psalm 103:20   "Bless the LORD, ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do His Commandments, hearkening unto the Voice of His Word."  

According to Jamieson in Fausset and Brown Commentary (p 418), in the phrase "Behold He cometh leaping upon the mountains", the mountains represent difficulties and obstacles. In the next part, Christ is depicted as "standing behind our wall". The Hebrew word translated here as "wall" is kothel, or kothel mar avi --- "the wall of trouble".  Both the mountain and the wall are prophetic symbols of trouble. Interestingly enough the western wall of Jerusalem, known as the "wailing wall" or kothel mar avi --- the "wall of trouble". In this way there are two representations of trouble to reinforce the warning and remind us of the importance of this part of the message.

Every child of God faces trials, difficulties, and tribulation. But the beautiful promise of this verse is encouraging - our Heavenly Bridegroom has overcome the world, and He gives us the victory also. In the Song of Solomon depiction, our Saviour is seen as a mighty Stag Who powerfully leaps over the mountains and walls!

John 16:33  "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."  

1 Corinthians 15:57-58  "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." 

So the next time you are facing a "wall" or "mountain" I'd like to encourage you with the following Bible promises, and the above message of Song of Solomon:

Psalm 27:1

Isaiah 41:13

1 Peter 5:7

Romans 5:3-5

Philippians 4:13

James 1:2-4

Proverbs 3:5-6   

Armed with such powerful promises, you'll be enabled to leap over your next mountain with the strength of a hart!