Are you seeking? Are you searching? Are you looking? Are you inquiring? Are you examining? Are you pursuing? Are you inspecting? Are you researching? Are you chasing? Are you investigating? Are you exploring? Are you sifting? Are you scouring? Are you scouting? Are you scanning? Are you?
Today’s reading starts on a very interesting path which leads to the question “Have you found Him?”. We know that we will find Him (God) when we …
- seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. –from Deuteronomy 4:29
- seek me with all your heart. –from Jeremiah 29:13
- seek him, he will be found by you –from 1 Chronicles 28:9
So are you using all of your heart and soul when you are seeking, searching, looking, inquiring, examining, pursuing, inspecting, researching, chasing, sifting, scouring, scouting, and scanning? Are you? It’s what is needed to find Him! Will you seek God? Will you start the incredible relationship and journey with Him? Will today be your day to ask Jesus into your life?
Let’s take a look at what we read from today’s reading…
1Asleep on my bed, night after night I dreamed of the one I love; I was looking for him, but couldn’t find him. 2I went wandering through the city, through its streets and alleys. I looked for the one I love. I looked, but couldn’t find him. 3The sentries patrolling the city saw me. I asked them, “Have you found my lover?” 4As soon as I left them, I found him. I held him and wouldn’t let him go until I took him to my mother’s house, to the room where I was born. 5Promise me, women of Jerusalem; swear by the swift deer and the gazelles that you will not interrupt our love.
The Third Song
The Woman6What is this coming from the desert like a column of smoke, fragrant with incense and myrrh, the incense sold by the traders? 7Solomon is coming, carried on his throne; sixty soldiers form the bodyguard, the finest soldiers in Israel. 8All of them are skillful with the sword; they are battle-hardened veterans. Each of them is armed with a sword, on guard against a night attack. 9King Solomon is carried on a throne made of the finest wood. 10Its posts are covered with silver; over it is cloth embroidered with gold. Its cushions are covered with purple cloth, lovingly woven by the women of Jerusalem. 11Women of Zion, come and see King Solomon. He is wearing the crown that his mother placed on his head on his wedding day, on the day of his gladness and joy.–from Song of Songs 3
The Lord’s Judgment on Ammon1This is what the Lord said about Ammon: “Where are the men of Israel? Is there no one to defend their land? Why have they let the people who worship Molech take the territory of the tribe of Gad and settle there? 2But the time is coming when I will make the people of the capital city of Rabbah hear the noise of battle, and it will be left in ruins and its villages burned to the ground. Then Israel will take its land back from those who took it from them. 3People of Heshbon, cry out! Ai is destroyed! Women of Rabbah, go into mourning! Put on sackcloth and mourn. Run about in confusion. Your god Molech will be taken into exile, together with his priests and princes. 4Why do you unfaithful people boast? Your strength is failing. Why do you trust in your power and say that no one would dare attack you? 5I will bring terror on you from every side. You will all run away. Each one will run for his life, and there will be no one to bring your troops together again.6“But later on I will make Ammon prosperous again. I, the Lord, have spoken.”
The Lord’s Judgment on Edom7 This is what the Lord Almighty said about Edom: “Have the people of Edom lost their good judgment? Can their advisers no longer tell them what to do? Has all their wisdom disappeared? 8People of Dedan, turn and run! Hide! I am going to destroy Esau’s descendants because the time has come for me to punish them. 9When people pick grapes, they leave a few on the vines, and when robbers come at night, they take only what they want. 10But I have stripped Esau’s descendants completely and uncovered their hiding places, so that they can no longer hide. All the people of Edom are destroyed. Not one of them is left. 11Leave your orphans with me, and I will take care of them. Your widows can depend on me.12“If even those who did not deserve to be punished had to drink from the cup of punishment, do you think that you will go unpunished? No, you must drink from the cup! 13I myself have sworn that the city of Bozrah will become a horrifying sight and a desert; people will make fun of it and use its name as a curse. All the nearby villages will be in ruins forever. I, the Lord, have spoken.”14I said, “Edom, I have received a message from the Lord. He has sent a messenger to tell the nations to assemble their armies and to get ready to attack you. 15The Lord is going to make you weak, and no one will respect you. 16Your pride has deceived you. No one fears you as much as you think they do. You live on the rocky cliffs, high on top of the mountain; but even though you live as high up as an eagle, the Lord will bring you down. The Lord has spoken.”17The Lord said, “The destruction that will come on Edom will be so terrible that everyone who passes by will be shocked and terrified. 18 The same thing will happen to Edom that happened to Sodom and Gomorrah, when they and the nearby towns were destroyed. No one will ever live there again. I, the Lord, have spoken. 19 Like a lion coming out of the thick woods along the Jordan River up to the green pasture land, I will come and make the Edomites run away suddenly from their country. Then the leader I choose will rule the nation. Who can be compared to me? Who would dare challenge me? What ruler could oppose me? 20So listen to the plan that I have made against the people of Edom, and to what I intend to do to the people of the city of Teman. Even their children will be dragged off, and everyone will be horrified. 21When Edom falls, there will be such a noise that the entire earth will shake, and the cries of alarm will be heard as far away as the Gulf of Aqaba. 22The enemy will attack Bozrah like an eagle swooping down with outspread wings. On that day Edom’s soldiers will be as frightened as a woman in labor.”
The Lord’s Judgment on Damascus23This is what the Lord said about Damascus: “The people in the cities of Hamath and Arpad are worried and troubled because they have heard bad news. Anxiety rolls over them like a sea, and they cannot rest. 24The people of Damascus are weak and have fled in terror. They are in pain and misery like a woman in labor. 25The famous city that used to be happy is completely deserted. 26On that day her young men will be killed in the city streets, and all her soldiers destroyed. 27I will set the walls of Damascus on fire and will burn down King Benhadad’s palaces. I, the Lord Almighty, have spoken.”
Judgment on the Tribe of Kedar and the City of Hazor28This is what the Lord said about the tribe of Kedar and the districts controlled by Hazor, which were conquered by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia: “Attack the people of Kedar and destroy that tribe of eastern people! 29Seize their tents and their flocks, their tent curtains and everything in their tents. Take their camels and tell the people, ‘Terror is all around you!’30“People of Hazor, I, the Lord, warn you to run far away and hide. King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia has plotted against you, and this is what he says, 31‘Come on! We’ll attack those people that feel safe and secure! Their city has no gates or locks and is completely unprotected.’32“Take their camels and all their livestock! I will scatter in every direction those people who cut their hair short, and I will bring disaster on them from every side. 33Hazor will be made a desert forever, a place where only jackals live. No one will ever live there again. I, the Lord, have spoken.”
The Lord’s Judgment on Elam34Soon after Zedekiah became king of Judah, the Lord Almighty spoke to me about the country of Elam. 35He said, “I will kill all the archers who have made Elam so powerful. 36I will make winds blow against Elam from all directions, and I will scatter her people everywhere, until there is no country where her refugees have not gone. 37I will make the people of Elam afraid of their enemies, who want to kill them. In my great anger I will destroy the people of Elam and send armies against them until I have wiped them out. 38I will destroy their kings and leaders, and set up my throne there. 39But later on I will make the people of Elam prosperous again. I, the Lord, have spoken.”–from Jeremiah 49