LOVE MONTH 2013 SERMON #4:
“If you love Me, talk to Me” (S.S. 5:2)
FBC Earlville 2-24-13 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor
INTRODUCTION Today’s special: “Dark Room”
On a nighttime visit to his brother’s base, my son Joe was impressed by the large airplane hangar in which Billy worked. But when Billy led him through another door, Joe was absolutely astounded by the massive, darkened room.
“This is the largest building I’ve ever been in!” he said. “What do you call it?”
His brother answered, “The outside.”
Introduction to the “Song of Songs”:
The King, wooing a commoner, disguises himself as one of the people – and doesn’t reveal himself as King until the end
English – very descriptive. Illus.: When Thuvia and I were courting, we would read Song of Solomon to one another, and did much blushing, because of the intimacy. In the old versions, it does not differentiate between male & female grammar, but modern versions do. Read one!
This is a love song, between the Savior & His people, and His hunger to have them walk with Him. PRAYER
#1 THE IMPORTANCE OF THE GARDEN
Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:8-10, 15-16; 3:8 – place of intimacy with God)
Illus.: That reminds me of the story of the minister who went visiting, but, while he could hear someone inside the house, no one would come to the door. So he wrote a note and put it on the door. The note quoted Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” The following Sunday there was a note in the offering plate addressed to the pastor, quoting Genesis 3:10, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
Genesis 3:1-3 – place of testing for the walk.
“Gardens you have chosen” (Isa. 1:28-30 – where God illustrates what it means to chose to walk, as it were, with foreign gods)
A place of joy Jer. 31:11-13
A place of prayer seen in Matt. 26:36, Mk. 14:32; John 18:1,26; but note Luke 22:39 – where He was accustomed to go [are we?]
A place of resurrection John 19:41
A place of communion John 20:15
#2 THE WONDER OF THE SAVIOR
From Song of Solomon 4:12 on, we learn that the Beloved saw His lover as walking with Him in a garden, a place of sweet fellowship and rest
In 4:16, He tells her that He will be in His garden – where they often go
In a stupor, from 5:1, she looks for Him
Note 5:8 – she hungers for His fellowship. Do we?
Note 5:9 – comparing Him to all others. Can we?
From 5:10 on – classic verses. V. 10 – He’s one of a kind! Back in 1881, Charles W. Fry took that thought from verse 10 and wrote the beautiful song, “The Lily of the Valley”:
I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me, He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul; The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole. In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay; He tells me every care on Him to roll.
Refrain: He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star, He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.
He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne; In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tower; I have all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn From my heart and now He keeps me by His power. Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore, Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal. Refrain
He will never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here, While I live by faith and do His blessèd will; A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear, From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill. Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessed face, Where the rivers of delight shall ever roll. Refrain
Note her conclusion: 5:16 “He is altogether lovely”
Note their hunger (6:1) and her sudden recollection of where He is.
CONCLUSION Let me illustrate what intimacy looks like by these 2 stories.
#1: “Wedding vows”: A grandmother overheard her 5-year-old granddaughter playing “wedding.” The wedding vows went like this: ”You have the right to remain silent,anything you say may be held against you, you have the right to have an attorney present. You may kiss the bride.”
#2: “Counseling”: A husband and wife were at a party chatting with some friends when the subject of
marriage counseling came up.
“Oh, we’ll never need that. My husband and I have a great relationship,” the wife explained.
“He was a communications major in college and I majored in theater arts.”
“He communicates real well and I just act like I’m listening.”
From the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Gethsemane, God hungers for our fellowship. He hungers for your fellowship
Where is your garden? Does it fulfill His desire when He asks of us, “if you love Me, talk to Me.”