Song of Solomon 7:7

Abiding in the Vine

Recently I read the book, Secrets of the Vine, by Bruce Wilkinson, available on Amazon. He clearly teaches God’s plan and desire for His church is to bear fruit, even much fruit. God uses discipline and He uses purging to make us fruit-bearing. There is outward fruit of bearing children and leading souls into the kingdom of God. There is also inward fruit produced within us, known as the Fruits of the Spirit.

His book got me thinking of Chapter 11 of our book, Simply Song of Solomon, which talks about the blessing of fruitfulness and multiplying through the birthing of children. The correlating chapter to Chapter 11 is Chapter 18, as it relates to the church, the Bride of Christ. This chapter describes Israel turning away from God and not abiding in Him but in the vine of Sodom. Israel is in contrast to the church abiding in Jesus, the true vine and God the Father as the husbandman of the vineyard.

The unique way the Holy Spirit led us to interpret the Song of Solomon for the writing of our book, Simply Song of Solomon, was to link words or phrases in Song of Solomon to words or phrases in other verses of the Bible. In the following passage the first link is “clusters” from Song of Solomon to “clusters” in Deuteronomy 32:32. The second link is “vine” in Deuteronomy 32 to “vine” in John 15. The linked words are underlined.

This method of linking words has been an amazing revelation!

Song of Solomon 7:7

This thy stature is like to a palm tree

and thy breasts to clusters of grapes.

stature-from H6965: to set up [“set up the tabernacle of the tent . . .” Exodus 40:2]

breasts-H7699: shad; as in El Shadday, supplies with abundance [much fruit]

day-H1767: as in El Shadday; sufficient for the need

 

The True Vine

The tabernacle in the desert was the means God provided to meet with His people, Israel. However, they corrupted themselves by turning away from God, their Rock, to other gods. They rejected God and chose instead to connect with their vine of Sodom and Gomorrah which resulted in bitter clusters.

For their rock is not as our Rock, even our enemies themselves being judges. 32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter: Deuteronomy 32:31-32

Jesus builds His church through those who abide in Him, the true vine. We cannot bear fruit except we believe and abide in Him.

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that bears not fruit he takes away: and every branch that bears fruit, he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit. 3 Now you are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. John 15:1-6

In writing our book, Simply Song of Solomon, we do not consider it profane to relate marital sex to the oneness that Jesus desires for us to dwell in Him and Him to dwell in us. Some may think this is perversion because of wrong thinking about sex. The media has so perverted and twisted people’s perception of sex. Yes, even Christians. God designed marital sex to be beautiful and pure and righteous as taught in the Song of Solomon.

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Song of Solomon 4:16

Bema Seat

In our book, Simply Song of Solomon, A Book on Biblical Sex, Chapters 3, 9 and 16 are all titled “Consummation.” Chapters 3 and 6 describe Solomon coming for his bride on their wedding day and the consummation of their marriage. Chapter 16 describes Jesus coming to rapture His bride, the church, to be one with Him for eternity.

When Jesus comes for His bride, His reward will be with Him.

Behold, I am coming quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

Revelation 22:12

The New Testament teaches us about rewards and the judgment seat of Christ. Samuel Hoyt, author of The Judgement Seat of Christ, writes: “Within the church today there exists considerable confusion and debate regarding the exact nature of the examination at the judgement seat of Christ. The expression ‘the judgment seat of Christ’ in the English Bible has tended to cause some to draw the wrong conclusion about the nature and purpose of this evaluation. A common misconception which arises from this English translation is that God will mete out a just retribution for sins in the believer’s life, and some measure of retributive punishment for sins will result.

https://bible.org/article/doctrine-rewards-judgment-seat-bema-christ

As we look closely at the word of God it reveals that the judgment seat of Christ is not a place and time when the Lord will mete out punishment for sins committed by the child of God. Rather, it is a place where rewards will be given or lost depending on how a child of God obeyed and served Him, either good or bad.

We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

2 Corinthians 5:8-10

Salvation is a free gift we receive when we repent of our sins, confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead. We are not saved by our good works, but the fruit of our salvation are works done for the glory of God and for His calling and purpose for our lives. It is these works which will be rewarded.

Paul’s second letter to the Greeks in the church at Corinth explains all believers will stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

The first chain of events preceding the judgment seat of Christ is the rapture of the church or when Jesus comes for His bride, His church, to be with Him forever.

But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus. For this we say to you y the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep. For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with he trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the cloud to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 5:13-18

In that moment of time when Jesus descends from heaven, the dead in Christ will be raised and their bodies will be changed from mortal to immortal. Also, those alive on the earth will be raised up and our bodies will be changed from mortal to immortal.

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

1 Corinthians 15:51-53

The next event is for all believers to stand before the judgment seat of Christ. The Greek word for judgement is “bema” and the apostle Paul knew the Greeks were knowledgeable of the bema seat as it pertained to the many athletic events where the contestants were judged and rewarded. The judges for these contests made sure every rule was obeyed. The winner who fully obeyed the rules was led by a judge to a platform called the Bema to receive a laurel wreath.

And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.

2 Timothy 2:5

The author of the article from bible.org, as mentioned above, writes: “Paul was picturing the believer as a competitor in a spiritual contest. As the victorious Grecian athlete appeared before the Bema to receive his perishable award, so the Christian will appear before Christ’s Bema to receive his imperishable award. The judge at the Bema bestowed rewards to the victors. He did not whip the losers.

In other words, it is a reward seat and portrays a time of rewards or loss of rewards following examination, but it is not a time of punishment where believers are judged for their sins. Such would be inconsistent with the finished work of Christ on the Cross because He totally paid the penalty for our sins.”

How is it going to work? Our works will be tested by fire at the Day of the Lord, which begins at the rapture.

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15

The above writing is from Section 3, Lamb’s Wife, in our new book, Simply Song of Solomon. Section 3 begins with Jesus accepting the cup of suffering from the Father and ends with the Bride of Christ, His church, being united with Israel, to become the Lamb’s Wife. It is truly the greatest love story ever!


Song of Solomon 4:3 Scarlet Worm

In Sections 1 and 2 of our book Simply Song of Solomon we relate the Song of Solomon to marriage and marital sex. In our study of the Song we learned the depth of God’s word also included Jesus’ bride, the church and God’s faithfulness to His chosen people Israel. Thus, Section 3 of our book, Simply Song of Solomon, is titled “The Lamb’s Wife,” which includes the church and Israel as one in the New Jerusalem.

This post focuses on Song of Solomon 4:3 as interpreted in Chapter 17 of our book. In the previous chapter the church has been raptured and now Jesus is welcoming His bride with “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter in to the joy of your Lord.”

Song 4:3
Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, 
and thy speech comely: 
thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate 
within thy locks.

We can’t mention a reference to scarlet without including the amazing revelation through the crimson or scarlet worm. God’s incredible creation of this insect tells the gospel story of Jesus‘ death and resurrection that made a way for us to enter in to the joy of our Lord for eternity.

This writing on the scarlet worm is not included in our book because we could not expound on the scope of the entire work of redemption; it would have taken too may pages. One purpose of our website is to add such insights to the writings of our book.

Scarlet Worm Testifies of the Death, Burial and Resurrection

This story of the crimson worm originates in Psalms 22 where David prophesied of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection. 

Psalms 22:6

But I am a worm and not a man,

scorned by mankind and despised by the people.

Usually the Hebrew word for worm is rimmah, which means a maggot, but the word that Jesus used here is tôla’ath. Strong’s definition associates it with the crimson grub and its color. Every time this Hebrew word tôla’ath is used in the OT the Hebrew word (H8144) shânîy (scarlet) is connected to it meaning the crimson worm.

The Crimson worm [coccus ilicis] is a special worm that looks more like a grub than a worm and actually it is an insect. When it is time for the mother crimson worm to have babies, she finds the Kermes oak tree. She attaches her body to that wood and grows a hard, crimson shell. She is so strongly and permanently stuck to the wood that the shell can never be removed without tearing her body completely apart and killing her.

The crimson worm then lays her eggs under her body as a protective shell. When the baby worms hatch, they stay under the shell. Not only does the mother’s body give protection for her babies, but it also provides them with food. The babies feed on the body of the mother.

After a few days, when the young worms grow to the point they are able to take care of themselves, the mother dies. Yes, she gives birth only once in her lifetime. At her death, she releases a crimson or scarlet red dye which not only stains the wood she is attached to, but also her young children. They are colored scarlet red for the rest of their lives.

After three days, on the fourth day, her body loses its crimson color and turns into a wax with a white powdery coating which falls to the ground like snow.

Psalms 22:14

. . .my heart is like wax.

 

This wax can be harvested to make a shellac to spread on wood as a preservative. The worm’s remains are also used to make a medicine that aids in the regulation of the human heartbeat.

When God instructed Moses to build the tabernacle in the desert the scarlet dye for the curtains and for the priests’ garments came from the crimson worm. Likewise, today in preparation for building the third temple, the Temple Institute is now harvesting this insect to make the dye for the priest’s garments, just as they did in ancient times.

So, what did Jesus mean “I am a worm”? He sacrificed or gave up his life on a tree so that his children might be washed with his crimson blood and their sins cleaned white as snow. He died for us, that we might live through him!

”The Crimson or Scarlet Worm,” Alpha Omega Institute, November 20, 2011, https:www.discovercreation.org/blog/2011/11/20/the-crimson-or-scarlet-worm/.

“In Search of the Tola’ at Shani – The Crimson Worm,” The Temple Institute, accessed June 2019, https://www.templeinstitute.org/tola-at_shani.htm.

Saved by the Blood of Jesus,

Our Passover Lamb

On the night God delivered His people out of Egypt they were told to kill a lamb without blemish, eat the lamb and take some of the blood and put it on the sides and the top of the door of their houses. When the angel of death passed through Egypt to kill the first born, he passed over the houses that had the blood on their doorposts.  

Alleluia! When we repent of our sins and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead we become Jesus’ bride and in the New Jerusalem we will be the Lamb’ wife!!

Just as the blood of the lamb saved the children of Israel from death, Jesus blood saves us from our sins that we will not perish or be condemned to eternal damnation but have eternal life.

Exodus 12:3-7; 12-13

Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month

they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers,

a lamb for a house: 4 And if the household be too little for the lamb,

let him and his neighbour next to his house take it according to the number of the souls;

every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

5 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year:

6 And you shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month:

and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

7 And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts

and on the upper door post of the houses, where they shall eat it.

12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night,

and I will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast;

and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD.

13 The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are.

And when I see the blood, I will pass over you,

and the plague shall not be on you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

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Section 2 in our book is “Marital Oneness and Sex”

This post is from Section 3 in our book, “The Lamb’s Wife”