ROSE OF SHARON

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Song of Songs 2 New International Version (NIV)

2 I am a rose[b] of Sharon,
a lily of the valleys.
2 Like a lily among thorns
is my darling among the young women.
3 Like an apple[c] tree among the trees of the forest
is my beloved among the young men.
I delight to sit in his shade,
and his fruit is sweet to my taste.
4 Let him lead me to the banquet hall,
and let his banner over me be love.
5 Strengthen me with raisins,
refresh me with apples,
for I am faint with love.
6 His left arm is under my head,
and his right arm embraces me.
7 Daughters of Jerusalem, I charge you
by the gazelles and by the does of the field:
Do not arouse or awaken love
until it so desires.
8 Listen! My beloved!
Look! Here he comes,
leaping across the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
9 My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.
Look! There he stands behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
peering through the lattice.
10 My beloved spoke and said to me,
“Arise, my darling,
my beautiful one, come with me.
11 See! The winter is past;
the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;
the season of singing has come,
the cooing of doves
is heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;
the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling;
my beautiful one, come with me.”
14 My dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the hiding places on the mountainside,
show me your face,
let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.
15 Catch for us the foxes,
the little foxes
that ruin the vineyards,
our vineyards that are in bloom.
16 My beloved is mine and I am his;
he browses among the lilies.
17 Until the day breaks
and the shadows flee,
turn, my beloved,
and be like a gazelle
or like a young stag
on the rugged hills.[d]

I read this and I hear a love story, But when I look deeper, I see God speaking through these two people. I see these two as God displaying Himself through them as His love poured out to Israel and or to us. When I read this, I remove the two and replace them with myself and God. I see God revealing His love and character through this godly display of love communicated through their love for each other as Gods love for us. If you go back and read it a second time you will see what I mean.

Each of us can do this and I believe it will be as powerful for you as it was for me. It became personalized. Several of my rose poems came from this passage. In my poem (Full Of Roses) I wrote “I found the most beautiful Rose one day” referring Jesus to the Rose Because I believe He is calling Himself “The Rose Of Sharon” in this passage. The reason I believe this is because Sharon was a real place. Sharon is and was the promise land as is all of Israel. It is a picture of “The Garden Of Eden” Joshua and Caleb entered the promise land and it took the two of them to carry back one vine of grapes because they were so large and fruitful.

If you could picture walking in the desert, climbing a Hill, getting to the top and seeing to the other side, and what was on the other side was more glorious than you could imagine. What you would find is Sharon. The grass itself was greener than any other grass. The fruit trees were Huge and the fruit on them also. The Roses were like no other rose found anywhere, a perfect rose, and this is the rose God is referring Himself too! Even the people were Giants. As the Israelite were walking towards the promise land of Israel and they walked through the Desert of Paran into Cannon. Just like our lives the desert is always right before the promise!

Now look deeper into this passage. I believe God is speaking to those who are Lost and who have came to the saving knowledge of His grace and deep love for them. 3 Like an apple[c] tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. Do you know how many places in the bible God refers to us as trees? It is as If God is speaking to both men and women differently in how it is written. 2 Like a lily among thorn is my darling among the young women.

Here, if you are a male and have come to Christ and you are now changing and becoming fruitful here is what He is saying to you. 3 Like an apple[c] tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade,and his fruit is sweet to my taste.

And to the female that has come to Christ possibly delivered from addiction 2 Like a lily among thorns is my darling among the young women.

4 Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love. What is the banquet? It’s the wedding feast with Christ!
How excited He is that you are saved! He longs to lead you to the banquet, the banquet of yours and His love story. Can you see it? He is using These two to express His heart and love for us, as we begin to enter the understanding of His true heart towards us, ultimately it took Him to the cross so that we could come to the banquet!

10 My beloved spoke and said to me,“Arise, my darling,my beautiful one, come with me.
11 See! The winter is past;the rains are over and gone.
12 Flowers appear on the earth;the season of singing has come,the cooing of dovesis heard in our land.
13 The fig tree forms its early fruit;the blossoming vines spread their fragrance Arise, come, my darling;

Can you remember the desert experience? Arise”, the winter is past; the rains are over and gone. The season of singing has come!!!!

13 The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance.
Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” You have come to the light of truth, your life is becoming fruitful and the Lord is full of Joy about you, just like in the story of the prodigal son. The lord is excited about your future, now that you believe!! Now that you look to Him, follow Him, and are now ready to fight the good fight of the call of God!! As He says “come with me”!!!!

14 My dove in the clefts of the rock,in the hiding places on the mountainside, show me your face, let me hear your voice;for your voice is sweet,and your face is lovely.

Listen to his gentle voice as we find ourselves having a cliff experience, the feeling as if we are going to fall at any moment, or we are climbing the mountains of life and then we realize He is there the whole time without a worry, calling to us with His gentle voice saying ” show me your face, let me hear your voice;for your voice is sweet,and your face is lovely”. Just call to me! I am here!! What a wonderful savior!

He then ends with 16 My beloved is mine and I am his;

turn, my beloved,
and be like a gazelle
or like a young stag
on the rugged hills. Turn, that is our call, to turn towards Him!!

God bless you I hope you were as blessed by this as I was! His banner over us is love!!!!!!

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16 thoughts on “ROSE OF SHARON

  1. This is very touching. I am 61 and loneliness has gripped me for avtime and I’m single and wondered if the Lord has abandoned me – it has not been easy being single and. I find even in our culture the way it is now in America that we have kicked God out and left Jesus on the outside of the church. Where to find real meaning and hope and to know how to be a shining light in this world and yet be strength and love in the body of Christ has left me questioning His plan for my life. But your sharing of this passage has edifying my spirit to trust is Him,my darling to lead as only He can do to the place of service He has… He is worthy of my love and service and knowledge and come what may only glory awaits in the afterlife.. thanks for the blog

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