September 21
Rev. Stephen Richardson
Song of Solomon 5:9

“What is your beloved more than another beloved, O most beautiful among women?
What is your beloved more than another beloved, that you thus adjure us?”

I’ll never forget the influence of a man I met in my teen years. He was an old man and
we had absolutely nothing in common. But he was staying in our home, and over the
course of that time I realized he had something I didn’t; and I wanted it. I was drawn to
him. I could tell somehow that he had been with Jesus (Acts 4:12), and I began to want
to know Him as he did.

That’s what happened here. The daughters had seen something unusual in the bride.
She was lovesick. She was so taken with her beloved that they had to know more. And
so they asked her to tell them about Him. “What is your beloved” they asked, “more than
another beloved?” The Song is an analogy. They were asking the bride of Christ about
Jesus (1 Peter 3:15). So she told them about Him, and it led to this tremendous
question: “Where has your beloved turned, that we may seek him with you?”

This should happen as a result of our presence in this world. We would like our
neighbors to come asking this question. But if that is going to happen they need to see
something peculiar in our lives. There needs to be a savour of life about us: evidence
that we have been with Jesus. Our message to them must be such that they would want
to know not just about our church or our denomination but Him.

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