Summary: A Reviving and encouraging message for Christians
THE SLEEPING BRIDE
Reading Song of Songs 5:2-8
2I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. 3I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them? 4My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door, and my bowels were moved for him. 5I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock. 6I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. 7The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me. 8I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love ove.
The Lord Jesus spoke much about the Bridegroom and the Wedding of the Son of the King, the Supper and the Feast… Mathew 22: 2The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding
Luke 5 :34 Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 35But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
John the Baptist mentioned something similar when they asked him about who he is, and whether he was the Christ….. John3: 29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
Paul also said something about the matter ….
. Eph 5: 24Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives
be to their husbands in every thing. 25Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
John the Apostle saw in a Revelation and wrote
Rev19: 7Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Rev21: 1And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband
Rev21: :9And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God
So it is clear that the Bible talks about the Church as the spouse of Christ , and Christ the Son of God , as her husband.
In this Book of Solomon, the Song of Song, a Revelation from the Old Testament, about Christ & Church. Solomon wrote 1005 songs, according to 1Kings 4:32And he spoke three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.
But this one and only Song was considered to be one of the canon of the Holy Scriptures .
I sleep but my heart waketh, …this is what the bride is saying in Chapter 5:2
Isn’t she a sleeping bride?
THE SLEEPING BRIDE
1-Many reasons for Many People
Proverbs 24:33 Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: 34So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth; and thy want as an armed man.
This what happens to the lazy!
Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
So it is normal for the laboring man.(and woman)
The Lord and His disciples needed rest!
Mark 6:31 there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his disciples didn’t even have time to eat. So he said to them, “Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and you can rest for a while.” Good News Bible