IV. CHALLENGING THE COMFORT ZONE (SONG 2:8-17)

 

8"Listen! My beloved! Behold, he is coming, Climbing on the mountains, Leaping on the hills!

  • Jesus overcoming every obstacle to our hearts
  • He has defeated all of our enemies to come for us and make us his own
  • All the distance between us and God has been removed by the love of Jesus

9"My beloved is like a gazelle or a young stag.

  • Fast
  • Never slipping or tiring
  • Powerful, wildly alive

Behold, he is standing behind our wall, He is lookingthrough the windows, He is peering through the lattice.

  • Do you feel Jesus doing this for your heart?  
  • Gazing longingly past all our defenses, past all our apathy, past all our fear, shame, and guilt past all we put in his way
  • His eyes like fire - burning for us
  • He is waiting for her. He desires her.
  • He comes when she does not expect him .
  • He is calling her out. He is standing there waiting for her. He is prepared for action and He wants a partner
  • He wants ALL of her.  He is jealous for her to become his 100%

gazing through the windows, -

  • Every point of entry to her life He will use to influence her to come out. He is revealing Himself to her as much as He can to entice her out. He wants her with Him but she won’t come.

looking through the lattice. –

  • He is looking through the bars of our self created prison. He is the one that put us here but we have the choice to come out or not.

10"My beloved responded and said to me, 'Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along.

  • Leave your place of comfort and jump over the mountains with me
  • He has displayed His wildness and power to her and now He invites her INTO IT.  To JOIN him
  • Come with me to walk on the water and do the impossible
    • she asked for this!  Remember the bride’s desire from the beginning - let us run!  It goes beyond “let him kiss me” to now “let us run"

11For behold, the winter is past, The rain is over [and] gone.

12The flowers have [already] appeared in the land; The time has arrived for pruning [the vines], And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.

  • I have removed the barriers
  • I have shifted the season
  • It is time for us to move from one place in this relationship to another.  The season of “sitting under the apple tree” is over.  

13The fig tree has ripened its figs, And the vines in blossom have given forth [their] fragrance. Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, And come along!'"

  • He calls her at the beginning time - the time of planting - the time of new things
  • He calls her NOT BECAUSE SHE IS NOT ENOUGH - he says “my beautiful one” - this isn’t a call based on what she is not - this is a call because of her potential:
    • he is calling her to the destiny he created her for - HIS DREAM for Her
    • he is calling her to the destiny she desires! - HER DREAM for HERSELF

14"O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, In the secret place of the steep pathway, Let me see your form, Let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, And your form is lovely."

  • OH HEAR HIM SING THIS OVER YOU! - this is the honest expression of the emotion and desire of Jesus over you!
    • Let me see your form - your face
    • Let me hear your voice
    • they delight me!!!
  • she has lived in the secret place - he loves that about her - he loves the intimacy they have had
  • That intimacy is exactly WHY she is ready (according to his estimation) to run with Him.
    • Intimacy creates authority
  • NOW however he has left the place of intimacy in order to draw her out
    • His desire for her has not changed
    • His desire for the CONTEXT of their intimacy HAS changed
      • He doesn’t give HIS heart in pieces - but we do ours...

15"Catch the foxes for us, The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom."

  • There are small places - little things that she has not given Him
  • There are still levels of love she is not prepared to give
  • This is an important season where the little things must be attended to or fruitfulness (destiny) will be lost.

16"My beloved is mine, and I am his; He pastures [his flock] among the lilies.17"Until the cool of the day when the shadows flee away, Turn, my beloved, and be like a gazelle Or a young stag on the mountains of Bether."

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