If there is one thing that the Bible declares to the follower of Christ and to any who will read it it is that God loves the world. However, we also will find within the pages much of the fact that God is holy and righteous and will not overlook our sin.
My reading today, this morning, took me through the Song of Solomon or Song of Songs, and chapters 1 – 6 of the prophet Isaiah. Now there is contrast. From a love story to prophetic warnings; however, after some thought on the matter I see these chapters of Isaiah as the love of God toward His wife (Judah), warning and wooing her back to Himself; and that He will do whatever it takes to bring her back to Himself.
To be perfectly honest with you I enjoy reading the Song of Solomon, but I do not see a whole lot to say about the matter except that we can see in this love story; God’s love for His people, and when she is right with Him, her love for Him.
Here is how the young Shulamite woman feels for her groom –
“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.” Song of Solomon 2:4 (KJV)
She has been taken to what she call “the banqueting house” and all she senses is his love for her. If you will notice in reading the Song, all the words she has for her groom is love and admiration. She adores him; and that should be what the Bride of Christ feels for Him as well. After all He purchased us with His own blood; redeeming us from our sin and condemnation. Should we not be loving, admiring, and adoring Him; even worshipping Him always.
One can learn much from reading the Song about how a man should love, and adore their girlfriends; and their wives. There are several times it mentions too, about waiting for “love”; most likely referring to the sexual relationship. Waiting for the time when there is a lifelong commitment to one another through marriage (8:4). Marriage is about our commitment to Christ (Ephesians 5:25-32).
The prophet Isaiah was a man who loved the LORD. He was a prophet from the nobility of his day. The time was one of wealth and prosperity, but the people had forsaken the LORD of hosts. They had turned to idols from the living God. The prophet says to them –
“Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, ‘I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, My people doth not consider.’ Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.” Isaiah 1:3-4 (KJV)
The prophet found it difficult to see owners of oxen and donkeys able to use them for plowing, hauling things and such without any problem; the donkey and the ox being obedient to their masters commands, and guidance taps; yet the people of God did not know God in obedience; the One who had delivered them from Egypt; provided them with many judges who delivered them from tormentors and persecutors.
Yet, here too is a love story. One of a wonderful salvation. The prophet’s name means, “The LORD is salvation”. The salvation of Israel is a direct result of the love of God for them. Their salvation does not mean they are a perfect people; just a delivered people. The same is true for the Christian of today.
It is the love of God; and the fact that He is holy and righteous; that will not allow His children to be a success at sinning.
“But the LORD of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteousness.” Isaiah 5:16
The Lord loves you today. Christian do not continue in your sin. Repent and obey Him. If you are still in your sin that love has been shown to the world by the death of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, on the cross, His burial, and His bodily resurrection. The goal for the child of God is to sin no more; and one day that will be accomplished through the return of Jesus Christ in His glory.
-Tim A. Blankenship