Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Myrrh in the Song of Solomon

Marilyn HigginsA bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night between my breasts. — Song of Solomon 1:13


Fragrances and herbs mentioned in the Holy Scriptures are physically enriching as well as rich spiritually with symbolism.  Each represents the virtues and characteristics of Jesus’s perfection and what He desires in His Bride. 

We see the revelation of spices and fragrances in Song of Solomon 1:13.  In the bride’s response to the King, her statement reflects a popular custom of laying a bundle of myrrh on one’s chest while sleeping as a beauty treatment in preparation for a wedding.

The Hebrew word for myrrh is Mowr which means “distilled,” and comes from the root word Marar which means “bitterness.”

During the the Lord's final agonizing hours in the Garden of Gethsemane, the weight of the world’s sins crushed our Savior like a wine press, causing Him to sweat great tears of blood.  His bitter sufferings can be compared to myrrh, a highly-prized spice used for perfumes and incense, extracted by piercing the tree’s heartwood and allowing the gum to trickle out and harden into bitter, aromatic red droplets called “tears.”  When the myrrh flows from the tree, it is distilled in bitterness.

As joint heirs with Christ, we are to share in His afflictions according to 2 Corinthians 1:5, so that we His bride can be triumphant through the bitterness of suffering.  Myrrh represents the bitter sufferings of Jesus as a man on earth, whereby He learned obedience unto death by emptying himself of His own will (Hebrews 5:8; Philippians 2:7-8).

As His bride, just as the disciples did, we must follow Jesus in denying one’s own will so as to obey Him (Matthew 16:24-25). 

Myrrh signifies the bitter sufferings of Jesus at Calvary.  The Scriptures says in Isaiah 53:5, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities.”

In the book of Esther we learn how Hadassah (Esther’s Hebrew name, which means “myrtle”) underwent almost a year of beauty treatments with spices and cosmetics to make her desirable for the King.  Esther was prepared with the help of a eunuch (symbolic of the Holy Spirit) that provided her with the oil of myrrh.  In the way Esther was prepared, the Spirit provides His betrothed with the oil of myrrh which allows us to share in His sufferings.  Philippians 3:10-11 tells us:

That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

The Scriptures also tell us to rejoice in these trials.  Colossians 1:24 says, “Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill  up that which is behind on the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church.” As part of the body of Christ, we too will bear His portion of affliction, as a part of Him. 

In fact, when Jesus returns for His bride, it may be that we will “smell” His coming because His garments have been soaked in these fragrances in the midst of the throne room.  Revelation 8:3-4 tells us that the original altar of incense continues to be used before the throne of God in Heaven.  Psalm 45:8 describes Jesus’s garments: “All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.”

These spices are emitted in our lives when we clothe ourselves with righteous acts and deeds as the Bride of Christ and spend quality time with Him.  Just like when a spouse or good friend greets you with a hug and is wearing cologne or perfume, their fragrance lingers with you after they are gone.  So it is with Jesus.  People will begin to recognize there is something different about you when you have been in His presence.  Hebrews 1:8-9 affirms that this Psalm refers to the marriage of the Lamb.  ~Doves Eyes~


 

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Fragrant Bride....

Marilyn HigginsIt is God's intention that our spiritual lives be a type of garden that is fruitful and fragrant.

And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and is was so. 
— Genesis 1:11

When God created the earth, on the third day He made plants to produce leaves, blossoms, and fruits at certain times of the year (seasons).  God designed our heart to grow like a garden—to bear herbs (leaves as beauty), flowers (blossoms emit a fragrance), and fruit (food offers nourishment) according to the spiritual maturity we cultivate in our relationship with Him.  These three reflect our character in the Messiah because they all reflect the loveliness and aroma of His character.

In the Old Testament, when the question of who would be the priests unto the Lord arose, Moses placed each of the staffs from the twelve tribes of Israel into the Ark of the Covenant overnight.  Numbers 17:6-8 tells us Aaron’s rod for the tribe of Levi “was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.” 

As a partaker of the New Covenant, Jesus’s bride is called a “royal priesthood” unto Him.  It is His priestly remnant who will carry out His plan by sharing in the priestly duties under our High Priest, Christ Jesus.  His Temple (the body of Christ) needs caretakers to nurture and tend to the Lord’s garden, in order to prepare for His return.

Think of how the thorn-less “Rose of Sharon” beautifully mirrors His tender love, as spoken of in Song of Solomon 2:1-2: “I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.  As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.”

A believer’s life is not yet without thorns and in need of the Master Gardener’s touch.  We are to be “fruit examiners” and help those who are young and tender in the Lord to grow up and mature.  

Song of Solomon chapter 7 tells how the bride and her beloved go out together to check the vineyards.  In verses 11 and 12, the bride says to her beloved shepherd (representing Jesus), “Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field...  Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates bud forth.”

The Lord and His beloved pictured here are working together, being attentive to the signs of new spiritual growth and fruit in her life and in the lives of others wherever they go.

Together with the Messiah, we must go out and inspect our own vineyard for character growth and maturity (not necessarily for fruit—trees and vineyards bear fruit in its season), but to make sure it is kept in order so that we will bear fruit.

Song of Solomon 4:13-14 list the contents of His betrothed’s garden:

Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices.  ~Doves Eyes~

Friday, November 19, 2010

The Dance of the Shulamite: The Beloved Bride of Solomon

Marilyn Higgins       The Song of Solomon is a very well-orchestrated book of prose with multiple scores, layers, and levels of understanding.  Some interpret it to be a simple, literal, love affair between a shepherd boy/king and his Shulamite bride.  Others describe it as a how-to manual on biblical love-making.  It is much more than that.  The Song of Solomon is a word of prophecy and the prophet Solomon is acting out a prophetic charade with his bride and the daughters of Jerusalem.  This little book, once hidden behind a veil, is now being revealed to those who have ears to hear.

We all have a dance in us.  That dance is an expression of God within us, complimenting His kingdom.  Unfortunately, many dance to the captivating sound of the prince and power of the air, while others are enslaved to the primal dance of their own carnality.  Some even become ensnared by the dance of religion, chained to legalistic maneuvers which keep them far from the heart of the Father.  But there are a few who actually hear the love call of the Beloved.  They are the ones who break out of the confines of this life and live a life of the kingdom here and now, and dance a prophetic dance of passionate love and tenacious obedience.  That is the dance of the Shulamite.”

This is a bridal dance of unparalleled devotion, depicted in the portrait of the lavish love and relationship between the Shulamite and her “Beloved” in the Song of Solomon. 

This dance proclaims who we are, what we believe and the unspoken passion of truth of what we now embrace. 


The dance of the Shulamite is one that is distinctly YOU, placed deep within your soul by God. It cannot be learned or choreographed, it is birthed.

It is for those who move past the veil of redemption and move into the realm of intimacy. And, it can only be found through a passion for Him for those that are called to be the bride. ~Doves Eyes~

Chuck Missler: Days of Noah

Genesis Ch. 6:1-14; Audio/s by Chuck Missler



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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ancient Book Of Enoch: Commentary by: J.R. Church of Prophecy In The News

See this commentary from well-known and respected author and pastor, J.R. Church of Prophecy In The News.  "Ancient Book Of Enoch" Part I can be viewed on pp 6 & 7 and 33 - 38 here in this magazine (be sure to click on 'full' screen on the bottom left hand corner for better viewing) This is just part 1 of 11. The commentary can be found in its entirety in The Prophecy In The News Magazines issues: Feb. 2009 - Dec. 2009.  You may contact them @ http://www.prophecyinthenews.com/  or call 800-475-1111 to order the back issues of the magazines as well as the 2009 Magazines 'Format Disc'

Friday, November 12, 2010

She Is Altogether Lovely.....

Marilyn Higgins        Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves’ eyes within thy locks: thy hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.  Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even shorn, which came up from the washing; whereof every one bear twins, and none is barren among them.  Thy lips are like a thread of scarlet, and thy speech is comely: thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate within thy locks.  Thy neck is like the tower of David built for an armory, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men.  Thy two breasts are like two young roes that are twins, which feed among the lilies.  Until the day break, and the shadows flee away, I will get me to the mountain of myrrh, and to the hill of frankincense.  Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee. — Song of Solomon 4:1-7

In Song of Solomon chapter 4, the scene opens with guests gathered around the feast, in the marriage hall.  Solomon begins to draw special attention to the Shulamite’s physical beauty and characteristics he observes in her.

He uses common imagery of the day to praise her.  Not with just meaningless, empty words of flattery, but with well-chosen thought-out words that carry rich meaning.

The symbols and images Solomon uses to portray the beauty of his Shulamite bride may seem strange to us, as he describes her hair as “a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead” (4:1) and her neck as “the tower of David built for an armory, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers” (4:4).  Today, one would not consider his remarks as flattery.

However, his compliments reflected the cultural patterns of the ancient world.  One author suggests, “To those who lived in Solomon’s time, the rippling effect of a flock of goats moving down a hillside was, indeed, a thing of beauty.” Such use of images and symbols do reflect, in fact, a thing of splendor for those who are part of Jesus’s bride.

Solomon describes eight distinct virtues emerging in her life and is projecting her new image in terms of what she will become.  Romans 4:17 says God “calleth those things which be not as though they were,” even though it is not what she presently manifests.  She is, in reality, a mirror-image of him (the bridegroom), reflecting his character.  

On several occasions, Jesus mentioned Solomon, as he was the type/shadow of Himself as King of Kings.  One must study this book carefully, as it can only pertain to those in the last days, of what our Lord is desiring in us, and how we must reflect His character and be a holy, spotless bride for Him.

The act of her “becoming the bride” is conditioned on her attaining these eight characteristics—symbolic not only of new beginnings and eternal life, but also of an invitation to dwell in the Holy of Holies with Him.  As believers, we all have access to His holy presence, but it will be the bride that dwells in His presence.  ~Doves Eyes~

Spiritual Significance of Spikenard in the Song of Solomon....

Marilyn Higgins       Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.  — John 12:3

Spikenard is a costly spice which comes from a very rare plant and is usually blended with olive oil for anointing acts of consecration, dedication, and worship.

The word “spikenard” in Hebrew is Nard and means “light.”  Interestingly, the message delivered in 1 John 1:5 talks about the nature of the Father, who is visible in Heaven by the pure, uncreated light of His nature.  Jesus Himself shared in this glory at the Mount of Transfiguration when the divine light was visible as He transfigured in a whiteness which was beyond any earthly whiteness as described in Mark 9:3.  Soon, His bride will share in this glorious apparel as our wedding garments, mentioned in the book of Revelation.  Revelation 19:8 says: “And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.”

In Greek, the word for “spikenard” means “genuine and pure.”  In John 12:3, the Bible tells how spikenard was used to anoint Jesus, the pure and spotless Lamb, just days before His death and burial:

Then Mary took a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair:  and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment.

Mark 14:3 tells us of another woman who came, having an alabaster flask of very precious oil of spikenard.  After she broke the seal and poured the oil on Jesus’s head, some of the disciples were very indignant with the “waste” of costly oil, as it may have cost this woman as much as a whole year’s wages.  But the Lord rebuked them and said she had done a good work, for He knew His life would soon be broken, just like the alabaster jar filled with the costly scent.  Not a drop of her extravagant act of worship was wasted in His eyes.  Jesus said her deed would be remembered wherever the Gospel would be preached.

Whisper words of adoration, shout praises to His name—for every silent bowed knee or shout from the hilltop reaches His throne.  Worship extravagantly!  God doesn’t see it as a waste and the Lord Jesus Christ will not leave us alone to “waste away” either.  Instead, the oil—symbolic of the inner working of the Holy Spirit—has been poured out for us, so we can live a life that is rich with a sweet, heavenly fragrance.  As believers, we must worship Him with a pure, genuine heart of devotion and worship. 

Solomon prophesied a thousand years earlier of this momentous event.  Song of Solomon 1:12 says, “While the king [sitteth] at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof.”

In this verse, the King is sitting, which is symbolic of His finished work at Calvary’s tree.  He is inviting her to come and join Him at the marriage supper feast.  The bride’s fragrance emanates out of her spirit in worship and adoration for the King’s provision.  This is a heavenly fragrance we should all possess.   ~Doves Eyes~

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Whole Counsel Of God

Parables and secrets; His mysteries now unveiled
Hidden truths uncovered, once considered tales
Revealed unto believers is "God's Counsel-Whole"
Discernment lend thine ear; hearken heart and soul

Beyond the types and shadows; lo, deeper than the sea
The Holy Spirit enlightens the Word of God to me
Yea, he with open ears to hear, alas, ope thine eyes
For now as such a time is this, God's beckons be ye wise

Christendom doth turn her head; proclaims, " 'Tis absurd
Such blasphemy is contrary to God's Holy Word"
Accuse me not, O Brethren dear, 'tis God holds my heart
Like Mary, at His feet I learn; choose I the best part

Narrow is the path to Heav'n; yea narrower e'en still
Is the path to God's 'whole' counsel; come whosoever will
As for me, I'll live and preach the gospel unashamed
Yea, as it was in Noah's day here-in t'will be the same


By: Marilyn Higgins; November 2010