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"I am the rose of Sharon."
(Song of Solomon 2:1)

Whatever there may be of beauty in the material world, Jesus Christ possesses all that in the spiritual world in a "tenfold" degree. Amongst flowers the rose is deemed the sweetest, but Jesus is infinitely more beautiful in "the garden of the soul" than the rose can in the gardens of earth. He takes the first place as the fairest among ten thousand. He's the sun, and all others are the stars; the heavens and the day are dark in comparison with Him, for the King in His beauty transcends all. "I am the rose of Sharon." This was the best and rarest of roses. Jesus is not "the rose" alone, He's "the rose of Sharon," just as He calls His righteousness "gold," and then adds, "the gold of Ophir"---the "best of the best". He's positively lovely, and superlatively the loveliest. There's variety in His charms. The rose is delightful to the eye, and its scent is pleasant and refreshing; so each of the senses of the soul, whether it be the taste or feeling, the hearing, the sight, or the spiritual smell, finds appropriate gratification in Jesus. Even the recollection of His love is sweet. Take the rose of Sharon, and pull it leaf by leaf, and lay by the leaves in "the jar of memory", and you'll find each leaf fragrant long afterwards, filling the house with perfume. Christ satisfies the highest taste of the most educated spirit to the very full. The greatest amateur in perfumes is quite satisfied with the rose: and when the soul has arrived at her highest pitch of true taste, she shall still be content with Christ, nay, she shall be the better able to appreciate Him. Heaven itself possesses nothing which excels the rose of Sharon. What emblem can fully set forth His beauty? Human speech and earth-born things fail to tell of Him. Earth's choicest charms commingled, feebly picture His abounding preciousness. May the blessed rose, bloom in our hearts forever!

NOTE: Almost without exception...Song of Solomon is taught as perhaps the "apex" love story between human lovers...using Solomon as the example(?) You may recall my encouraging everyone to read and study it as an allegory of the "best of the best" love relation between Christ and His bride...
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Preparation

Central to the message of God to and through Noah was the need to prepare for what was to come. Their safety and preservation depended upon hearing and obeying God's specific instruction. Knowing the flood was coming was one thing. Building an ark able to withstand it was another!

Most of the teaching one hears today regarding the future of this world shares this characteristic: it leaves people unprepared for what's to come. Some say, "There's no flood coming: we're going to straighten out this mess!" Most other popular teaching says, "Don't worry! God's going to rapture us out before the serious trouble starts." Then you have those groups, overrun by Humanism, who believe man will solve his own problems, that his future is in his own hands.

Noah "walked a lonely road" but he turned a deaf ear to other voices, choosing to believe God. His faith was translated into action (Heb. 11:7) and the result of that action was salvation.

Let's ask ourselves, what voice we're listening to? What voice are we giving heed to, trusting in to give us understanding of what's taking place and what we need to do? Is it the Great Shepherd's Voice? Is it the water of life and the bread of life that satisfies the thirsty, hungry soul? Or is it one of the many voices of religion that have put people to sleep when there's a desperate need to be awake.
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Dwelling Place - All Paid-off!

"We dwell in Him."
(1 John 4:13)

Don't we all want a house for our soul? Of course, we do! Do we ask, "What's the purchase price?" Probably! However, it's something less and / or different than "proud human nature" will like to give. It's without money and without price. But we'd like to pay a respectable rent, no! We'd love to "do something" to to be worthy of Christ...huh? In that context, "we can't have the house", for it's "without price." Now, before we go further, let's not think for a mite second that the house without money / without price is without strait, strict, and precise conditions! For those of us who disagree---It's so, anyway...and made perfectly plain...and those of us who don't understant that...we'd be wise to make an effort to gain the understanding needed. I'm smiling, but very serious. Don't worry, God evaluates us only on what we honestly and sincerely understand---not on what we sincerely don't understand.

Now, will we take our Master's house on a lease for all eternity, with nothing to pay for it, nothing but the ground-rent of loving and serving Him for ever? Will we take Jesus and "dwell in Him?" See, this house is furnished with all we want, it's filled with riches more than we'll spend as long as we live. Here we can have intimate communion with Christ and feast on His love; here are tables well-stored with food for us to live on for ever; in it, when weary, we can find rest with Jesus; and from it we can "look out and see heaven itself". Will we have the house? Ah! if any of us are houseless, we'd surely say, "I'd like to have the house; but may I have it?" Yes; there's a key---the key is: "Come to Jesus." "But," you may say, "I'm too shabby for such a house." Never mind; there are garments inside. If you feel guilty and condemned, come; and though the house is "too good for you", Christ will make you "good enough" for the house by-and-by. He'll wash you and cleanse you, and you'll then be able to sing, "We dwell in Him." As believers, surely we're most happy to have such a dwelling-place! Greatly privileged, we are...for we have a "strong habitation" in which we're ever safe. And "dwelling in Him," we have, not only a perfect and secure house, but an everlasting one.

When this world has "melted like a dream", our house shall live, and stand more imperishable than marble, more solid than granite, self-existent as God, for it's God Himself--- "We dwell in Him."




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