Psalm: 37. 23. The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. 24. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. – Bible Offline
No this is not about the Song of Solomon.
It’s not really even a song. It is a lament, a cry, a stirring of the soul.
Sorrowful, yet empty,
painful, yet pure.
A groaning, that cannot be uttered.
A desire that cannot be fulfilled.
A wound, that will not heal.
Dissatisfied, disappointed, disturbed, destroyed…. decimated.
Hope Lost, and Hopeless.
Yet; Understanding that, in Truth, I am:
FORGIVEN, I AM, BLAMELESS, MY SIN AND SHAME, IS AS FAR AWAY, AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST.
I AM COVERED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB, I AM SAVED BY THE GREAT I AM.
The word of God, brings hope, that isn’t seen, causes faith to grow, opens the eyes of our understanding.
If Abram, at 75, began, his walk before the Lord, and became a friend of God.
If Moses, at 80, met the Trinity, walked in the ways of the Lord, and talked to the Lord, face to face like a man to a friend.
If Enoch, at 65, walked with God for 300 years, and was not, because God took him.
It is possible that Bill, at 64, in time, may be noticed and useful to God.
It is possible, a life has not been wasted.
The last, will be better then the first.
The future much brighter, than the past.
The Mountain, removed and the path made straight.
The Gospel of the Lord proclaimed, the lost, saved, the sick healed, the brokenhearted, comforted.
The Glory of our King Revealed.
Come, Lord Jesus, Come.
“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.”
This is the one song, I wrote and remember. We were on the road, (“The Able Messengers”), set to visit a mens and a womans prisons.
I used to be able to sing it… not so much anymore… lol
“The piano ain’t got no wrong notes.”
― Thelonious Monk
Isaiah: 53:2-6. (Not in order) lol
“we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He is despised and rejected of men;
a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him;
there is no beauty that we should desire him.
“For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Jeremiah: 32. 17. Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee: – Bible Offline
Luke 13:10-17 (KJV)
Another working on the Sabbath Miracle.
Jesus, teaching in the Synagogue recognized, a woman with a spirit of infirmity for 18 years.
This was a Word of Knowledge, given to Him by the Holy Spirit.
He saw her, called her to Him, spoke healing to her, and laid hands on her.
The Gifts of Healing, was employed.
Immediately she was healed, and she glorified God.
This is how the Gifts of the Spirit should work.
Instead of desiring the best gifts, we discuss healing on the Sabbath.
Jesus plainly told them, there is never a wrong time, to do good.
His adversaries were ashamed, all others rejoiced, when His power is revealed.
Saints, when the Spirit if God is present in a man, a Church, a congregation…. Great Multitudes will gather, healings will occur.
Signs and Wonders will be seen following the Anointed of God.
We have many Preachers and Teachers, doing their best to share the Gospel, and bring people into the Kingdom.
There are few, who have pushed through into the Holy of Holies.
We love them, if they are Billy Graham or Beth Moore, or someone else from a major Denomination.
We call them charlatans, or false teachers, if they teach prosperity, healing, miracles.
We must learn to read and teach the Full Council of God.
The Word has almost 100 verses, that tell us God would have those who love Him to prosper.
Verses that explain, He wants good things, for those who love and obey Him.
Granted, He also lets us know, we will be persecuted, we will suffer, loss, troubles, and problems.
Whether it is chastisement from the Lord, testing He allows, (like Job), or we are sowing what we have reaped.
We need to live the Full Council of God.
He would have us victorious, for the Lord, in our lives.
Luke 13:10-17 (KJV)
10 And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.
11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
13 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?
17 And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.
In John, chapters 11 and 12, we find the story of Lazarus, I do not know that I can do it justice. It is one of the most loved and told stories, of Jesus.
Lazarus, Mary and Martha: People who loved Jesus, who were also, on the short list, with John the Disciple, and the rich, young ruler, that Jesus loved.
Yes, He loves us all, but these folks, it is written, were loved by Him.
John the Disciple, leaned on Jesus’s breast, told to look after Mary, the mother of our Lord, at the crucifixion. The only Disciple, to die a natural death.
The rich young ruler, the heart of Jesus, broken as he walked away, he couldn’t give up all he had, to gain all he could ever desire, by accepting Jesus.
The family of Lazarus, Mary and Martha. These folks were not just followers of Jesus, but friends.
He spent time at their home, teaching, eating, enjoying their company. They understood Him, more than many others.
They had eyes to see, and ears to hear, hearts and minds that understood, and excepted Him, as He was, and what He had to do.
Lazarus was dying, they sent for Jesus. He waited two days, then traveled back to Bethany, back to an area, where the Religious wanted Him dead.
Thomas said: “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
Jesus waited till Lazarus was dead, so His Disciples would have one more proof of His sovereignty. That the Glory of the Lord, might be displayed.
That people might believe.
Twice, He groaned in His spirit. This was His human spirit, after all He is and was God, the Creator of all, the Word.
He knew He could and would raise Lazarus from the dead. He groaned in His spirit, as he recognized and had compassion for His friends loss.
He called for Lazarus to come forth.
Six days before His last Passover, He was back, to receive from Mary, the anointing for his death.
Many came to see both Jesus and Lazarus. He came to give Himself for our sins.
John 11 (KJV)
11 Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.
2 (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
3 Therefore his sisters sent unto him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick.
4 When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.
5 Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.
6 When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was.
7 Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.
8 His disciples say unto him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee; and goest thou thither again?
9 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.
10 But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
11 These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
12 Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13 Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
14 Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
15 And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
16 Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellow disciples, Let us also go, that we may die with him.
17 Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already.
18 Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:
19 And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met him: but Mary sat still in the house.
21 Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
22 But I know, that even now, whatsoever thou wilt ask of God, God will give it thee.
23 Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.
24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
27 She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.
28 And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.
29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him.
30 Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
31 The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
32 Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
33 When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled.
34 And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
35 Jesus wept.
36 Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
37 And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
38 Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40 Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
41 Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42 And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
45 Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on him.
46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.
47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
49 And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,
50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.
51 And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;
52 And not for that nation only, but that also he should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.
53 Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
54 Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples.
John 12. (KJV)
12 Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
3 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 odour of the ointment.
4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him,
5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
9 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
10 But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
11 Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.
12 On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.