(Part 2 of 5)
The Holy Spirit wants to set our love in order…
Truths from Song of Solomon chapter one… In this chapter alone there are 39 areas where love is out of order, although I will only take a few of them for this lesson. Number 39 in Biblical numerics is the number for disease. Jesus bore 39 stripes for our healing; there are 39 books in the Old Testament that cannot meet man’s need. Song of Solomon 1:1-8…
Verse 1… “The song of songs, which is Solomon’s” (KJV). This was Solomon’s personal song, a song that prophecies of the bridegroom and the bride (Christ and the church). I was reading this one day and the Spirit stopped me and said, “My people are not singing. They have no song in their heart. They hear a lot of singing but it’s from outside of them [choirs, soloists, radio, stereo]. I want My people to have a singing spirit.” The Lord wants you to have your own personal song. Isaiah 54:1 says, “Sing, O barren [one].” Singing lifts up your spirit, it removes your heaviness, it sets you free, it gives you hope. Singing gives you freedom. If your heart is not singing, your love may be out of order. Freshness often comes through the prophetic singing in our own hearts. Many Christians have lost their joy, and with it their song. Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 exhort us to “[make] melody in your heart” and ”[sing] with grace in your hearts.” Proverbs 29:6 reads, “The righteous doth sing and rejoice.”
Verse 2… “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine” (KJV). I was praying one day while studying Song of Solomon, and I said to the Spirit, “There is something more in this verse than a young lady looking at some hunk and desiring his kisses.” The Spirit said to me, “This is nothing else but a desire to be ruled by the word that comes from his mouth.” What a revelation. The believer here had caught a revelation of a higher love. Most Christians desire love and desire to be ruled by the word that comes by the Holy Spirit. The spirit of man is the part of us that touches the Lord, and it’s the part of us that the Lord touches. Matthew 4:4 teaches, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (KJV; see also Deuteronomy 8:3).
I looked high and low for a confirmation of what the Spirit said to me until I found an old writing on the Song of Solomon that was over three hundred years old, and the author said of verse two, “The kiss of His mouth . . . extends to nothing less than the communication of the Word of God to the soul” (Madame Guyon, Song of Songs of Solomon). The Shulamite saw in the king the ability to express love through words. Love is a strong desire, and right words can bring fulfillment. The word “kiss” means “to catch fire, to rule, to touch, to equip with weapons.” The word “mouth” as used here symbolizes sayings or words. The Shulamite was saying, “I want to be ruled by the words that come from his mouth.” If this is not your desire, your love is out of order. Not all believers are hungry for words that come from the mouth of the Holy Spirit, but today, many believers are crying out, “Lord, rule me with words that come from your mouth.” The word “kiss” also suggests warfare. The Shulamite was well aware of the warfare she was getting into when she chose to be ruled by the king. The word that comes from the Lord often plunges us into battle. The devil will fight you. Your family will fight you. The world will fight you. If your love is out of order, the Holy Spirit wants to help you today. He wants your spirit to catch fire for the words that come from the mouth of the Lord.
Verse 2 also teaches, “For thy love is better than wine” (KJV). Wine is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. It is also a symbol of Communion, representing the blood of Jesus. Wine is a symbol of joy. If you have no joy, your love is out of order. Jesus said that the end times will be full of sorrow (Matthew 24:8). We see it all around us. There is a need for joy in the land. Jesus is the healer of broken hearts. Wine can be purchased but Jesus’ love cannot. Jesus chose to love us with agape (unconditional) love. His love outlasts everything else and it stands when everything else has failed. If Jesus is not your joy, your love may be out of order. Jesus said in John 16:24, “That your joy may be full.”
Verse 3… “Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee” (KJV). The Shulamite was expressing another strong desire, the desire to come under the authority of the king’s name. There was a need to belong. She wanted identity; she want to be under a covering. His name had penetrated her spirit. His name must penetrate our spirit as well. The name of Jesus has a fragrance. In 2 Thessalonians 2:8, Paul uses the word “brightness,” which means “appearing, manifestation, glorious display.” Paul was teaching that the Lord’s appearance destroys the devil. The name of Jesus is like an ointment. Ointment has a fragrance. It soothes your spirit. If you love the name of Jesus, the enemy of your soul stays out of your way. The name of Jesus should not be an embarrassment to us. If the name of Jesus embarrasses you, your love is out of order. Jesus has a name that is higher than any other name (Philippians 2:9-10). Proverbs 18:10 says, “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” If the name of Jesus has lost its savor in you, your love is out of order.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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