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Life Under The Apple Tree

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Life Under the Apple Tree

(Song of Solomon 2:3-14)


Introduction

Please do open your bibles to the Song of Solomon!  I of course don't know when you last read it, heard a talk about it or if you have ever read it or heard a talk about it! So, if you are in that category, it's a new thing for you! In my preparation, as I talked to other Christians about this book, I have found that some people are aghast at some of the very frank and provocative language used! But this should not stop us from reading it, studying it and learning from it. It is, after all, part of the Bible and therefore part of God's Written Word. Jesus Himself and the Disciples would have read this book at Passover time. It is a book that tells of the love of a woman (the Beloved) for a man, the man probably being Solomon. Different translations have different places where the beloved, the lover and others are actually speaking.

But for ease of use tonight, we will use the guidelines of the church bibles, the New International Version.The Jews called it the Greatest Song of All Songs. Martin Luther called it the noblest of all songs! It is poetry that is full of love, romance and some say eroticism. Greater than Shakespeare's sonnets if you can believe that! Tonight, we are delving only into Chapter 2. Historically this book has been interpreted in 3 ways.
  • Firstly as a treatise on the joys of biblical sexual love;
  • Secondly as an allegory about God's love for His people Israel;These two interpretations have great merit!
  • However, some of you may be sad to know, and others very happy to know, that I am going to concentrate principally on a third way that encompasses those two and that is seeing it as a picture of the immense love that exists between Jesus Christ for His church and its people, where the bridegroom is Jesus and His bride is the church.


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BAM - Ezra

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Old Testament

Book of Ezra

Summarised in 1 Minute

Key Verses

Ezra 1:3 - So Solomon, and all the assembly with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon; for there was the Tent of Meeting of God, which Moses the servant of Yahweh had made in the wilderness.

Ezra 7:10 - On the three and twentieth day of the seventh month he sent the people away to their tents, joyful and glad of heart for the goodness that Yahweh had shown to David, and to Solomon, and to Israel his people.

Summary

The book of Ezra continues on from 2 Chronicles by showing how God fulfils His promise to return His people to the land of promise after seventy years of exile. Israel's "second exodus", this one from Babylon, is less impressive than the return from Egypt because only a remnant chooses to leave Babylon.

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BAM - 2 Chronicles

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Old Testament

Book of 2 Chronicles

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Key Verses

2 Chronicles 7:14 -if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 16:9 -For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.

Summary

The book of 2 Chronicles covers the same period of history as 1 & 2 Kings, but from the spiritual perspective. It tells mainly of Judah, the southern kingdom after the life of David and deals mainly with the reforming kings: Asa, Jehosophat, Joash, Hezekiah and Josiah.

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BAM - 1 Chronicles

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Old Testament

Book of 1 Chronicles

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Key Verses

1 Chronicles 17v11-14 - It shall happen, when your days are fulfilled that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up your seed after you, who shall be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. I will not take my loving kindness away from him, as I took it from him that was before you; but I will settle him in my house and in my kingdom forever. His throne shall be established forever.

Summary

The book of 1 Chronicles Covers same period of history as 2 Samuel. but from a religious history rather that a political perspective. It traces the spiritual significance of David's righteous reign.

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BAM - 2 Kings

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Old Testament

Book of 2 Kings

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Key Verses

2 Kings 17:22-23 -The children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they didn't depart from them; 17:23 until Yahweh removed Israel out of his sight, as he spoke by all his servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away out of their own land to Assyria to this day.

2 Kings 23:27 -Yahweh said, "I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and I will cast off this city which I have chosen, even Jerusalem, and the house of which I said, ‘My name shall be there.'"

Summary

The book of 2 Kings continues the drama of 1 Kings, systematically tracing the reigning monarchs of both Israel and Judah, first by telling one nations history, and the retracing the same period for the other.

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BAM - 1 Kings

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Old Testament

Book of 1 Kings

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Key Verses

1 Kings 9:4 - 5 -"As for you, if you will walk before me, as David your father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and will keep my statutes and my ordinances; then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, according as I promised to David your father, saying, ‘There shall not fail you a man on the throne of Israel.'

1 Kings 11:11 -Therefore Yahweh said to Solomon, "Because this is done by you, and you have not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom from you, and will give it to your servant.

Summary

The first half of 1 Kings tells about Israel under Solomon. Under his leadership, Israel rises to the peak of her size and glory, including the building of the temple. Solomon soon gains a divided heart following his pagan wives, which leads to Israel being divided. The second part goes on to tell about the 2 sets of kings and nations of disobedient people, rebelling against God's prophets and His laws.

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BAM - 2 Samuel

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Old Testament

Book of 2 Samuel

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Key Verses

2 Samuel 7:12-13 - When your days are fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, who shall proceed out of your bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.

2 Samuel 22:21-22 -Yahweh rewarded me according to my righteousness. He rewarded me according to the cleanness of my hands. For I have kept the ways of Yahweh, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Summary

The Book of 2 Samuel records the highlights of David's reign, firstly over Judah and then over the nation of Israel. Traces his ascendancy to the throne, his victories and sins and the consequences of his sins upon the family and the nation.

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BAM - 1 Samuel

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Old Testament

Book of 1 Samuel

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Key Verses

1 Samuel 13:14 - But now your kingdom shall not continue. Yahweh has sought for himself a man after his own heart, and Yahweh has appointed him to be prince over his people, because you have not kept that which Yahweh commanded you."

1 Samuel 15:22 - Samuel said, "Has Yahweh as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of Yahweh? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. Summary

The Book of 1 Samuel describes the transition of Israel to a monarchy from the judges. It tells the stories of Samuel, Saul and David.

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BAM - Ruth

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Old Testament

Book of Ruth

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Key Verses

Ruth 1:16-17 - Ruth said, "Don't entreat me to leave you, and to return from following after you, for where you go, I will go; and where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God; where you die, will I die, and there will I be buried. Yahweh do so to me, and more also, if anything but death part you and me."

Summary

The Book of Ruth is a story of love, devotion and redemption set in the dark era of the Judges. Tells the story of a pagan woman giving up everything to cling to the people and God of Israel. The book reveals her faithfulness when the nation of Israel was at its most faithless to God.

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BAM - Judges

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Old Testament

Book of Judges

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Key Verses

Judges 2:20 - 21 - The anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel; and he said, "Because this nation have transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not listened to my voice; I also will not henceforth drive out any from before them of the nations that Joshua left when he died;

Judges 21:25 - In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Summary

The Book of Judges tells of a disobedient and idolatrous people who are often defeated because of their rebellion against God. God raises up judges or saviours to restore the nation to pure worship, but after the death of each, the nation sinks back into rebellion and idolatry.

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BAM - Joshua

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Old Testament

Book of Joshua

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Key Verses

Joshua 1:8 - This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success.

Joshua 11:23 - So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that Yahweh spoke to Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. The land had rest from war.

Summary

The Book of Joshua Provides a link between the Law and the rest of Israel's history. Tells of an obedient people conquering the land that God has given them.

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