Today let’s dig into this phrase from this Song of all Songs.
What is this coming up from the wilderness
Song of Songs 3:6
This brings to mind the day Jesus came up from the wilderness.
He had done no miracles, no healings, no resurrections, no feeding of the multitudes. We don’t know how He spent His days since that day in the temple at age 12, until a few days back.
His cousin John was out in the wilderness baptizing the multitudes, the baptism of repentance. He was calling a nation to leave their sinful ways and turn back to God. The Jesus shows up, right there on the banks of the Jordan, and asks to be baptized.
John knows it’s Him, and knows that He IS the One, the One foretold for generations. The One sent, the One who had come to save His people from their sin.
John lowered this Holy One into the waters of the Jordan, and all could see the dove descend and remain, a visible manifestation of the Spirit of the Living God. They heard the voice from heaven as well:
… and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” – Luke 3:22
Then we read that this same Spirit drove Him into the wilderness where He would spend forty days. Forty days of fasting, then hunger and loneliness and temptation. It was a test of His ability to obey God when His 100% human body wanted satisfaction.
The ad men would have called Him a fool for not making His big entrance right after the dove incident, but the Spirit pressed Him away for forty days.
Finally it was over. Finally it was time for his big reveal. Again, the ad men would probably have sent Him to Jerusalem, but He went to His hometown.
And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. Luke 4:14-15
There He is, my Shepherd King, coming out of the wilderness, victorious, in the power of the Spirit – like 60 armed soldiers – well, like:
Sixty mighty men around it,
Of the mighty men of Israel.
All of them are wielders of the sword,
Expert in war;
Each man has his sword at his side,
Guarding against the terrors of the night.
See you next week
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