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Hosea 11:1-11 Love’s Persistence

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                                                         LOVE"S PERSISTENCE                     

                 Hosea 11: 1-11

Background Passage Outline

1. God’s Early love for Israel (Hos. 11: 1-4)

2. Israel’s Deserved Punishment (Hos. 11 :5- 7)

3. God’s Relentless Love ( Hos. 11 :6-9)

4. Israel’s Ultimate Response (Hos. 11:10-11)

 

Though Hosea did not call for people to hear at the beginning of , chapter l1 ,  the change of subject matter  and the direct refernce to Israel by name seems to

indiecate that verse 1 begins a new message that extends through verse 1 the sermon describes how the Lord saw Israel as a rebellious son and dealt with him with persistent love.

 

1. Early love (Hos. 11: i ~’4)

 

Hosea 11:1  “When Israel was a child, 1 loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

 

Hosea 11:2 But the more I called Israel, the further they ‘went from me, They sacrificed to the Baals and they burned incense to images.

 

Hosea 11:3 It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them y the arms.: but they Old not realize it was I who healed them.

 

Hosea 11:4  I led them with cords of human kindness , with ties of love ; I lifted the yoke from the1r neck and bent down to feed them.

 

 

The lord’s love for Israel does not exceed His love for others.

He gives personal attention and concern to every nation and

Every person . God did not choose Israel because He love it alone but so the nation could tell the how He loves everyone. Israel failed to carry the message .. but God still loves all nations with the same love. How sad that all nations , including out own, have rebelled against God’s tender care instead of yielding to 1t.

           

2. Undeserved love (Hos. 11 :5-7)

 

Hosea 11:5  Will they not. return to Egypt and will not Assyria rule over them because they refuse to repent?

 

Hosea 11:6  Swords will flash in their cities, will destroy the bars of their gates and put an end to their plans.

 

Hosea 11 :7  My people are determined to turn from me. Even if they call to the Most High , he will by no means exalt them.

 

The reason the Lord gave for sending the Israelite into Assyrian captivity was they consistently refused to repent of their unfaithfulness , even after many warning would the lord and from his prophets. God’s sending them into exile would not be a sudden act of anger. It would be a deliberate decision made only after every other effort to get Israel to repent had failed.

 

            3. Over Whelming Love (Hos . 11:8-9)

 

Hosea 11:8  “How can! give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel? How can I treat you like Admah ? How can I make you like Zeboiim? My heart is changed within  me ; all my compassion is aroused.

 

Hosea  11:9  I will not carry out my fierce anger nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim. For I am God , and not man – the Holy One among you. I will not come in wrath.

 

Though He would send the nation into C8ptiVity~ He would not turn or change His mind about not destroying all the people. In justice He was obligated to punish them. in love He was determined eventually to save some.

 

4. Triumphant Love (Hos. 11: 1 0-11)

 

Hosea 11: 1 0 They will follow the LORD,; he will roar like a lion. When he roars , his children will come trembling from the west.

 

Hosea 11:11 They win come trembling like birds from Egypt like doves from Assyria. I will settle them in their homes,”  declares the LORD .

 

The people also will come from Egypt to the South and from Assyria to the north and the east. Together these locations covered all points of the compass. The meaning is they will be gathered from wherever they have moved or been driven. This gathering seems to indicate it will be their ultimate gathering from everywhere at the end time, not merely to their return from captivity.

 

Summary

 

The only question this passage does not answer is whether

an Israelites by birth will be geathered or only the Israelites who believe. The Bible declares that  only , those  who . share the faith of Abraham are the true sons of Abraham(Ga1.3:7).

 

           

 

Hosea 8:1-10;15 Love’s Discipline











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Hosea 8: 1-10: 15 

 

May God Bless each of us ‘in this changing World

 

Background Passage Outline:

 

1. Discipline Through Oppression (Hos. 8:1- 14)

2. Discipline Through Exile (Hos. 9: 1-10: i5)

 

The verses in this lesson are selected from three sermon of condemnation – (Hosea 8:1-14.: 9:1-17; 10:1-15). In the latter, however, Hosea sounded a conditional note of hope. The condition was repentance. This shows that the judgments the Lord had brought and would bring against His people were disciplinary in nurture . The only Question was how they would respond to discipline.

 

1. Need for Discipline (Hos. 8: 1-6)

 

Hosea 8: 1 "Put the trumpet to your lips! An eagle is over the house of the LORD because the people have broken my covenant and rebelled  against my 1aw.

 

Hosea 8:2 Israel cries out to me, 0 our God, we acknowledge you!’

 

Hosea 8:3 But Israel has rejected what is good ; an enemy will pursue him.

 

Hosea 8:4 They set up kings without my consent; they choose princes without my approval . With their silver and gold they make idols for them selves to their own destruction.

 

Hosea 8:5 Throw’ out your ca1f~idol, 0 Samaria! My anger burns against them. How long will they be incapable of purity?

 

Hosea 8:6 They are from Israel! This calf – 8 craftsman has made

it; it is not God. It will be broken in pieces., that calf of Samaria .

 

The people should have disciplined themselves to keep their commitments to trust and obey the Lord. Because they turned to idol worship instead. God was compelled to discipline them. They resented being diecinplined from without but the Lord did a for their good. We should learn from their experience that we should discipline ourselves to love and serve the true God, If we do not, He will discipline us to try to turn us from our sins.

 

 

 

2. Forms of Discipline (Hos. 8:7-10 ; 9:15,17)

Hosea 8:7  “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up.

 

Hosea 8:8 isrl1el is swallowed up; now she is among the nations like a worthless thing.

 

Hosea 8:9 For they have gone up to Assyria like a wild donkey wondering alone. Ephraim has sold herself to lovers.

 

Hosea 8: 1 0 Although they have sold themselves among the nations, I will now gather them together. They will begin to waste away under the oppression of the mighty king_

 

Hosea 9:15 “Because of all their wickedness in Gilgal, I hated them there. Because of their Sinful deeds , I will drive them out of my house. I will no longer love them; an their leaders are rebel1ious.

 

Hosea 9:17 My God will reject them because they have not obeyed him; they will be wanderers among the nations.

 

God had chosen Israel to be His special nation. Would not His rejection of Israel mean He had broken His promises? No! In His covenant with Israel at Sinai, He made promises to Israel ; but He also laid conditions on Israel. He told Israel He would keep His promises if the nation obeyed Him and kept His covenant (Ex. 19:5). Israel had not complied with the covenant’s  condition , and the Lord had no choice but to reject it and withhold the fulfillment of His promises.

 

            3. Purpose of Discipline (Hos. 10:12)

 

Hosea 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.

 

Hosea declared that if the Israelites repented, God would shower rlghteousess on them. He would empower them to be what He had called them to be. The Lord’s discipline was never intended to harm or destroy them. It was intended to correct them so they could receive the harvest of complete righteousness some day.

 

Summary:

 

As Hosea longed for Israel to return to God and be blessed we need to hear God’s urgent call for us to return today. It is time to seek the Lord and enjoy His love find salvation, Will you right now respond to God’s discipline by renewing your love and obedience to Him?

 

 

 

 

 

Hosea 6:1-7;16 Love’s Invitation






                  LOVE'S INVITATION




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         May God Bless each of us in this changing World.

         Background Passage Outline:

1. Call to Repentance (Hos. 6: 1- 3)

2. Lament Over Ephraim and .Judah (Hos. 6:4-11)

3. Ephraim's Exposed Immorality (Hos. 6:11-7:7)

4. Ephraom's Reliance on Foreign Nations (Has. 7:8-12)

5. Ephraom's Certain Judgment (Has. 7: 13-17)

 

 

 

Hosea addressed the Israelites as they took the kinds

of downward steps into ruin that some experienced.

Hosea 6:1-3 describes the Lord's effort to win the people

of Israel away from their sins by love and blessing.

Hosea 6:4-7:7 details the Lord's use of prophetic

condemn6tion and hardships to lead Israel to repent.

Hosea 7:6-12 describes God's seeking to persuade the

Israelites to join 1n partnership with Him rather than

with Egypt and Assyria. Hosea 7:13-16 describes how

Israel was about to fall into woe and destruction

because the people refused to respond to all He had done.

 

1. Hopeful Invitation (Hos. 6:1-3)

 

Hosea 6:1 “Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds.

 

Hosea 6:2 After two days he will revive us; on the third lay he will restore us, that we may live 1n his presence.

 

Hosea 6:3 Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear ; he will come to us like the winter rains , like the spring rains that water the earth:"

 

These verses relate to their context , they are clearly a call for Israel to return to God and receive His blessing. The call to return to God is as valid for people today as it was in Hosea's day. God punishes people and nations today when they turn away from Him, but He is always ready to receive them when they repent. God invite sinners everywhere to come to Him through Christ no matter who they are or what they have done.

 

 

 

2. Shallow Response (Hos. 6:4-6)

 

 

 

Hosea 6:4  “What can I do with you, Ephraim? What can I do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist, like the early dew that disappears.

 

Hosea 6:5 Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth; my judgments flashed like lightning upon you.

 

Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice , and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

 

God was exasperated with the people because their worship was insincere and hypocritical. they faithfully performed the rituals of worship. they offered sacrifices and burnt offerings on the altars, but in their hearts they did not mean what those sacrifices professed to represent.  Their ceremonies were a1l for show., not for true worship

 

3.  Wrong Turn ( Hos 7:13-16)

 

Hosea 7:13 Woe to them .. because they have strayed from me! Destruction to them, because they have rebelled against mel I tong to redeem them but they speak lies against me.

 

Hosea 7: 14 They do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail upon their beds. They gather together for grain and new wine but turn away from me.

 

Hosea 7: 15 I trained them and strengthened them, but they Plot evil against me

 

Hosea 7:16 They do not turn to the Most High ; they are like a faulty bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword because of their insolent words. For this they will be ridiculed in the land of Egypt.

 

This passage begins by pronouncing woe on Israel and ends

by announcing Israel will be "ridiculed in Egypt"(7:16) when

they are defeated as punishment for their sins. It promises a day when God would do more then cut and slay Israel with words from the prophets. He would send an army to slay them with the sword .. and the nation would be utterly destroyed. God is patient and sends warning words for a long time, but the day eventually comes when the words end and judgment comes That day was on its way to Israel.

 

 

 

Summary:

 

The Lord often delays the judgment we earn by our sins; but , if we continue to refuse to turn back to Him, eventually we will receive  the  punishment we deserve .The only way to escape forever from God’s judgment is to turn to Him in repentance and

to place our faith in his son, Jesus Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hosea 14:1-9 Love Promise






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LOVE.S PROMISE

 

Hosea 14: 1-9

May God Bless each of us in thls changing World

 

Background Passage Outline:

 

1. God’s Call to Repentance (Hosea 14: 1-3)

2. Goo’s Promise of Hea1ing (Hosea 14:4-7)

3. God’s Assurance of Fruitfulness (Hosea 14:8-9)

 

Hosea had proclaimed the message of God’s judgment on the notion of Israel .’namely its destruction by the assyrians. Judgment was not the final word, however. Hosea closed his book with a message of promise and hope. The promises in the message assure ail of us that when we repent, god win restore us and bless us .

 

 

 

1. Ca11 to Repentance (Hosea 14: 1- 3)

 

Hosea 14: 1 Return, 0 Israel to the LORD your God. Your sins hove been your downfall !

 

Hosea 14:2 Take words with you and return to the LORD. Say to him: Forgive all our sins and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.

 

Hosea 14:3 Assyria cannot save us; we win not mount warhorses. We will never again say ‘Our gods’ to what our own hands have made, for in you the fatherless find compassion.-"

 

Thr reason they will no longer trust in these earthly things is their recognition that God is the Protector of orphans and other who are weak. He is a better Defender than any power on earth. Once the people truste 1n God. they will find security 1n following His guidance.

 

 

2. Promise of Healing  (Hosea 14·4-70

 

Hosea 14:4             ” I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them.

 

Hosea 14:5              I will be like the dew to Israel.: he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon he win send down his roots;

Hosea 14:6              his young shoots win grow. His splendor will be like em o11ve tree, his fragrance l1ke a cedar of Lebanon.

 

Hosea 14:7             Men will dwell again in his shade. He will flourish 1ike the grain. He will blossom 1ike a vine, and his fame will be like the wine from Lebanon.

 

 

 

These thing are more them beautiful picture of the blessings the Lord will g1ve to Isarel someday. They also portray the love, wholeness, refreshment and fruitfulness in service he gives to everyone who turns from sin to Him. How much better to trust in the Lord than to experience the withering dryness of the desert of sin.

 

 

3. Assurance of Fruitfulness (Hosea 14:8-9)

 

Hosea 14:8             0 Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols? I will answer him and care for him. I am like a green pine tree ; your fruitfulness comes from me .

 

Hosea 14:9             Who is wise? He will realize these things. Who is discerning? He will understand them. The ways of the LORD are right ; the righteous walk in them, but the rebellious stumble in them.

 

The Lord also is never dormant. He is always alive, alert, and ready to respond when Israel or anyone else calls out to Him. In addition, the Lord will be the source of His people’s fruitfulness ( John 15:5).

 

Summary:

 

The great blessing anyone can have is to live daily in a loving

relationship with the Heavenly Father. let us not take for granted our relationship to the lord. He has made that relationship possible by paying a dreadful price , the death of His Son , Jesus Christ .

 

 

 

To Be Baptize

1. Mention the value, purpose and benefits of baptism regularly in sermons.
2. Videotape some of your baptisms. Prepare a music video of baptisms to show in your worship service so people who’ve never seen a baptism can witness one.
3. Have clothes ready for people who decide spontaneously to be baptized after a service.
4. Make it a party atmosphere. It’s a celebration, not a funeral. Applaud baptisms!
5. Invite small group members to witness the baptism and identify them before each baptism.
6. Prepare a beautiful leatherette-bound baptism folder to hold their certificate.
7. Have a required membership class that explains the meaning or baptism in detail.
8. Always baptize on special days when relatives may be in town – Christmas, Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve, etc.
9. Always baptize on special days of the church. (We baptized over 400 on the day we opened our Worship Center.)
10. Allow entire families (after confirming that all are believers) to enter the pool together.
11. Hug each person after they have been baptized!
12. Interview all candidates at the water’s edge to hear their story of how Jesus changed them.
13. Build a Baptism Team of volunteers who assist with all baptisms. Have matching shirts to identify the Baptism Team and the pastors leading the service.
14. Have a professional photographer there to capture the moment and include a picture of their baptism along with their certificate of baptism.
15. Print a “Why Be Baptized?” brochure. Use scriptures and lots of testimonies.
16. Put the brochure information, baptism pictures, and even videos of baptisms on your website, so people can forward it to others.
17. Have pre-printed invitations for the baptism candidates to use in inviting lost friends and relatives to a service and to witness their baptism.
18. Make the baptism pool and surrounding area beautiful and inviting and non-threatening. (Many baptisms are perched up so high inside the church that it feels distant and disconnected. Our baptism pool is outside in our patio area so people can gather up close around it for a more intimate feeling.)
19. After the baptism service encourage people to go out afterwards for coffee or dessert to celebrate and find out what the experience meant to the person baptized and to the family and friends who watched it.
20. Publicize the baptisms with posters around your church. Elicit “one line” testimonies from people who have been baptized, take an 8×10 photo of that person, and mount their photo and quote on a 2’x3’ foam board sign. Put this on a tri-pod in a visible area after the service where people can sign-up to be baptized.
21. Have all small groups get people in their group to sign up in the group for the next baptism.
22. Identify and celebrate other special moments at the water’s edge (birthdays, anniversaries, spiritual birthdays, etc.)
23. Train your Baptism Team volunteers to greet and make everyone comfortable.
24. Provide a sound system that will allow spectators gathered to hear the testimonies.
25. Always have the baptism pool warm and chlorinated before services.
26. Have a corporate prayer of celebration at the end of each service to thank God for those baptized.
27. Sing a great chorus or hymn about the power of God to change someone’s life.
28. During warmer weather offer baptisms at the beach or lake or slow-flow river.
29. Develop a “Baptism Party in a Box” kit that includes ideas for a family party following baptism.
30. Have outdoor heaters if you baptize outdoors in the winter.
31. Set up good lighting if you baptize outside after evening services.
32. Have hand towels available as a gift with the church’s logo as a memory keeper.
33. Ask each small group in your church to take a week where each person shares their baptism experience and what it did for their Christian life.
34. Use banners and signs the week prior to baptisms to draw interest, especially beach or lake baptisms.
35. Build a baptism service into an extended spiritual growth campaign (like Saddleback’s Millennium Member Campaign). Build on momentum.
36. Constantly emphasize baptism as the next step after committing your life to Christ. Have sign-ups everywhere.
37. Give a follow-up booklet, a button, and a free gift for those who obey Christ’s command to be baptized.
38. Have a special Christian’s baptism class as a requirement for baptizing children. Insist that at least one parent attend with their child.
39. When baptizing grade school children, have the baptizing pastor hold their hands lifted high after they come out of the water, like you would with a winner in game.
40. Address Frequently Asked Questions in a brochure they can walk away with, and deal personally with every fear or hang-up about baptism.

Do these 40 things and the number of people wanting to publicly demonstrate their faith through baptism will rise dramatically.
Rick
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Pastor Rick Warren, Saddleback Church

My Wife "Vera"

      My Wife  “ Vera”
 
      She is my wife, my lover, my best friend.  For over  forty years, our marriage has endured and grown.  I can honestly state that after all this time together, my love for Vera has not diminished in the slightest way.  In fact, through each passing day, I find myself more and more enraptured by her beauty.  The best times of my life are the times we spend together, whether sitting quietly watching television or
 enjoying an afternoon shopping.
      There is no secret to why our marriage has lasted while so many others have failed.  There is no formula for success that I can offer, other than to express that the most important feature of our relationship is that it has never lost the sense of romance that bloomed when we first met.  Too often marriage kills the romance that was born in the courtship of a relationship. To me, I have always felt that I am still courting Vera, and therefore the romance has never died.
      Romance is not something that can be taught or copied.  One can only be romantic through another. Vera, my wife of forty years, has instilled the romance in me.  I am romantic because of her.  Vera has always brought out the best in me. The many aspects of our romance are too numerous to mention. However, there is one special romantic interlude that I began some years ago.
      Before we were married, Vera and I could not see each other as much as we would have liked during the week. The weekends always went too fast, and the days in between dragged on forever.  I decided that I needed to do something to make the  weekdays go faster, or at least to give us something to look  forward to during the week.
      And so it began one day some years ago: Calling and saying  I  love you and a Kiss hello and bye.  There was no special  occasion.  It just an expression of how much I loved her and how  much I was thinking about her.  I did this each day  for no special reason other than it was to show I miss her.
      Since that day, I have never missed a day – Vera has received a kiss from me and I say I Love You every day,  every week, every month, every year.
      It is my romantic mission each week to find the right time to do this, show by love. At times, my search would takes me to many different parts the house, the car , and yes outside, Parking Lots. I have been known to spend a considerable amount of time holding her in my arms.
      Sometime there away she hold her head that  remind me in some way of Vera and our life together and this evoke an emotion in me.  I know that if it brings a tear of happiness to my eyes, I have found the right time to kiss her or to say I love you.
      Vera awakens each morning to find a kiss or I say I love you, and even though she knows I am there, she still lights up with excitement when she see me there in the kitchen, coffee in hand and she hears I love you.
       I can only hope that our life together will last long enough for me  to fill her life with joy with my day messages of love, affection and most of all thanks for the joy Vera has brought to my life.
       I pray that each of our children will fine that one, that will not only be a lover and wife or husband but a life time best friend and a joy to be with always.

        Thank You Vera

     Love  Bob       

Heb. 13:1-25 Love One Another

LOVE ONE ANOTHER
Hebrews 13:1-25 November 26 2006

Chapter 13 begins with a series of exhortations
built around the theme of Christian love. We should
love one another , strangers in need of hospitality,
and prisoners in need of help. Faithfulness in
marriage is essential. covetousness should be
replaced with contentment.

1. Love People (Hebr. 13:1-6)

Hebr. 13:1 Keep on loving each other as brothers. 13:2
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing
some people have entertained angels without knowing
it. 13:3 Remember those in prison as if you were their
fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you
yourselves were suffering. 13:4 Marriage should be
honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God
will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content
with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I
leave you; never will I forsake you.” 13:6 So we say with
confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me?”

Brotherly love comes from the Greek word philadelphia.
The word used for love in John 3:16 is agape, the highest
form of love. The writer of Hebrews was not calling for
a lower level of love, but was demanding that believers
treat others as esteemed member of the family.
Continue is an imperative and , as such, is a command
to be practiced always. The idea would be to keep on
loving each other.
Hospitality was a quality required in Christian leaders
(1 Tim. 3:2).

2. Imitate Leaders (Hebr. 13:7-8)

Hebr. 13:7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of
God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and
imitate their faith. 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday
and today and forever.

Though pastors are human to be sure, they should live
lives worthy of emulation from the congregation. Genuine
leaders do not exalt themselves; they exalt Christ the
Lord.

3. Perform Ministry (Hebr. 13:12-16)

Hebr. 13:12 And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate
to make the people holy through his own blood. 13:13 Let us,
then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore.
13:14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are
looking for the city that is to come. 13:15 Through Jesus,
therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise
—the fruit of lips that confess his name. 13:16 And do not
forget to do good and to share with others, for with such
sacrifices God is pleased.

Here is another form of sacrifice – service to others,
especially the sharing of material blessings. We are
to do good and to share. We are to offer our lives in daily
service to God or, as Paul said ,”to present your bodies
as a living sacrifice”(Rom. 12:1).
Like the great High Priest, our Lord, who gave Himself
as a sacrifice, we are to live in sacrificial service. God
finds great pleasure in this kind of response. We are to
make three kinds of spiritual sacrifices: praise,
profession, and pure . . . songs, self and substance.

4. Assist Leaders (Hebr. 13:17-19)

Hebr. 13:17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority.
They keep watch over you as men who must give an account.
Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for
that would be of no advantage to you. 13:18 Pray for us. We
are sure that we have a clear conscience and desire to live
honorably in every way. 13:19 I particularly urge you to
pray so that I may be restored to you soon.

Earlier we noted an appeal to imitate the lifestyle of
departed leaders (Heb. 13:7). Here we deal with attitudes
toward present leaders. Some specific occasion of
disrespect or discontent could be the has is of this appeal
(Hebr.10:25).
Leadership is not the same as dictatorship. People follow
a leader as sheep follow a shepherd. Just as the shepherd
is responsible for the safety and feeding of the flock, the
leader is responsible to God for the well-being of the flock.
When the leader does his job well. the people willingly
obey and submit to his leadership.

Summary:

We give evidence of brotherly love by our actions. After
all, love is something you do! God expects us to love others
without exception. What are some areas in your life that need
examination at this point? Surely “the God of peace”
(Heb. 13:20) want His people to live in peace with one another.
What better way to make this happen than by loving one
another?

SINGING OF LOVE

Song of Songs 1:1-8:14 August 27 2006

On one occasion the young woman became anxious as
she waited for her husband to return to her. She praised
his appearance and character. Her anxiety turned to
peace when her husband returned and showered her
with beautiful words of love. BOTH HUSBAND AND
WIFE MUTUAL EXCHANGES OF PRAISE.
The young couple affirmed their mutual and exclusive
commitment to each another. This commitment gave
their love an unrelenting strength , passion, and
durability.

1. Verbal Love (Song Of Songs 1:1,15-2:3)

Song 1:1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s. 1:15
Ah, you are beautiful, my love; ah, you are beautiful; your
eyes are doves. 1:16 Ah, you are beautiful, my beloved,
truly lovely. Our couch is green; 1:17 the beams of our
house are cedar, our rafters are pine. 2:1 I am a rose of
Sharon, a lily of the valleys. 2:2 As a lily among brambles,
so is my love among maidens. 2:3 As an apple tree among
the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was
sweet to my taste.

The title of the Book of Song of Songs uses the
noun song twice. This is a Hebrew way of expressing
that which is the best – in this case, the finest of all of
the songs Solomon wrote (1 Kings 4:32). Song of
Songs is Solomon’s finest love song that celebrates
the God –given joy of love between a husband and
wife.

2. Appropriate Love ( Song Of Songs 2:7)

Song 2:7 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the
gazelles or the wild does: do not stir up or awaken love
until it is ready!

The female singer’s conviction that true love waits became a charge to the young woman of Jerusalem. She cautioned the unmarried against intimate expressions of love before marriage. Do not , she cautioned , stir up or awaken love until the appropriate time. The
3. Exclusive Love (Song Of Songs 6:1-3)

Song 6:1 Where has your beloved gone, O fairest among
women? Which way has your beloved turned, that we may
seek him with you? 6:2 My beloved has gone down to his
garden, to the beds of spices, to pasture his flock in the
gardens, and to gather lilies. 6:3 I am my beloved’s and
my beloved is mine; he pastures his flock among the lilies.

4. Strong Love (Song Of Songs 8:6-7)

Song 8:6 Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon
your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the
grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. 8:7
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown
it. If one offered for love all the wealth of his house, it
would be utterly scorned.

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