Friday, January 20, 2012

Gardens of Scripture (Part 4)

4. Garden of Reception We read in Song of Solomon 4:12-15 “A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse, a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.  Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits, camphire, with spikenard, etc.  A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon”.  It is the voice of the Bridegroom – a type of the Lord Jesus Christ that is speaking to His Bride which is a type of the Church or the individual believer. The Church or the individual believer is viewed as a garden, i.e., a life that is lovely and fruitful and pleasing to Him self.  At the end of verse 16 we hear the voice of the Bride speaking to the Bridegroom and she says, “Let my Beloved come into His garden, and eat His pleasant fruits”.  She is eager for His Company.  She invites Him to come.  She wants Him to come that she might have fellowship with Himself.   The contrast could not be greater.  In the first garden we considered (The Garden of Rebellion – Eden) we saw that man, because of sin, dreaded the approach of his Creator. Believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose sins have been forgiven, will always desire fellowship with their Lord.  We have the Bridegroom’s response to the invitation He received.  It says in, Song of Solomon 5:1, “I am come into my garden”.  The garden belongs to the Bridegroom, just as the Church and the individual believer belong to Christ. The Lord Jesus can make YOUR LIFE a “GARDEN of RECEPTION”.  He will take a way the “thorns and thistles” of sin and make your life a garden where He will delight to dwell.  It says in, (Romans 10:13) “For whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved”.

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