Thought for May 7th. “HOW BEAUTIFUL IS YOUR LOVE”
Once again we have some interesting and, to quite a degree, challenging chapters today. Our Deuteronomy chapter (24) caused us to meditate on the nature of life without banks, or any money as we have it today, so that there is no situation in which it can be borrowed! What will be the nature of any “money” in the kingdom age? Real gold and silver?
The Israelites, as God’s people, were told by Moses in his final message, they are to “purge the evil from your midst” [Deut. 24 v.7] How much purging will be needed in the kingdom when all peoples will be expected to serve the one real God and “out of Zion shall go the law, and …. he shall judge between the nations …” [Isa. 2 v.3,4]?
The Songs of Solomon are usually understood as a spiritual ‘parable’ of the bride of Christ, and Christ says to her, “You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you … You have captivated my heart … my bride … how beautiful is your love … my bride!” ” [4 v.7,9,10] With this perspective on the meaning of this ‘parable’ to what extent are we today, “captivating” the heart of our Saviour? How can we live so that we do so?
Our chapters in Acts show how the message of the gospel captivated the hearts of some of the converts so that they were really committed in serving Christ; “a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria … was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. (the Old Testament of course) … being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus …” [18 v.24,25] When he came to Achaia ” he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.” [v.27,28]
He was showing, in practice “how beautiful” his “love” was for Christ! “How beautiful is (y)our love?” There are many ways of showing it! Let us try harder to live so that “Christ is formed in you” [Gal. 4 v.19] which was what Paul was agonising in his heart about – concerning the believers in Galatia.
As we live day after day, absorbing the real spirit of God’s word so that “Christ is formed” in you and I, realising more and more fully that we do this by serving one another in the spirit of Christ – as parts of “the body of Christ.” Let us meditate on Paul’s words to the Colossians in ch. 1 v.28,29.