Lesson 8: The Celebration

When we receive Jesus’ love, we have great joy, but His joy knows no bounds. There is a celebration in Heaven beyond all we can imagine when we give ourselves to Him.
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3:6 Who is this coming up from the desert like a column of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and incense made from all the spices of the merchant?

In the phrase “Who is this” the Hebrew word for “this” is feminine, so we know it refers to the maiden. She had destroyed the foxes that were spoiling her vineyard and had sought her Lord until she found Him. Now she is ready to leave the desert (wilderness) life, and her Lover celebrates.

The daughters of Jerusalem recognize it is a bridal procession. The King is bringing in His bride with royal honors! Smoke is the result of the fire of the Holy Spirit.

His extravagant expenditures of spices and fragrance tell us He spared nothing. He is bringing her out of the desert, the wilderness of unbelief, into union with Himself, and He is celebrating with great joy.

Selah: Zephaniah wrote, “The Lord your God is with you....He will take great delight in you...He will rejoice over you with singing” (3:17).

What is your response to this thought: “When I fully give myself to Jesus, He celebrates with great joy and singing”?

3:7 Look! It is Solomon’s carriage, escorted by sixty warriors, the noblest of Israel,
3:8 all of them wearing the sword, all experienced in battle, each with his sword at his side, prepared for the terrors of the night.

The warriors are noble because they fight the battles. They are the prayer warriors who escort the carriage! Without them, there would not be this union between the Bride and the Bridegroom.

Intercessors are like warriors. They come bringing their sword, the Word. They have fought many battles on their knees, and they are self-controlled, alert, and aware of the enemy. “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

A friend received a sad phone call and was possibly facing estrangement from her son. That day someone emailed her, “Why did God wake me up at 3 a.m. today to pray for you?” Then my friend knew why she had been able to cast her burden on the Lord and trust Him to give her wisdom for the situation.
Selah: Do you recall a time when someone else’s prayers helped you to be an overcomer?

Who do you think depends upon your intercessions?

3:9 King Solomon made for himself the carriage; he made it of wood from Lebanon.
3:10 Its posts he made of silver, its base of gold. Its seat was upholstered with purple, its interior lovingly inlaid by the daughters of Jerusalem.

Jesus spoke into existence the tree that was fashioned into His cross. By His death on Calvary, He constructed a way to express His love to the entire world. Wood from Lebanon was the most costly and fragrant wood. His sacrifice on the cross was both expensive and sweet smelling.

The King added posts of silver and a base of gold. The pillars of silver symbolize redemption He provided at Calvary, and the “gold” speaks of the divine life—her indwelling Lord. The upholstery of purple points to the royalty of the Lord Jesus.

The daughters of Jerusalem speak of His people who participate in the necessary nurturing and supporting.

3:11 Come out, you daughters of Zion, and look at King Solomon wearing the crown, the crown with which his mother crowned him on the day of his wedding, the day his heart rejoiced.
The king wears a crown that His mother gave Him. Matthew 12:50 tells us who His mother is. “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” He considers us intimate family because of our unreserved willingness to do His will.

“Come...look at King Solomon.” Early in our relationship with Jesus, we may want others to notice our gifts, our ministry, our successes. But when we have fully given ourselves to Jesus, our fleshly ambition for personal recognition and prominence no longer motivates us.

We underestimate the joy our union with Jesus brings Him. This wedding day—the day we give ourselves to Him completely—is called the day of His gladness. We recognize that when we fully surrender we have unspeakable joy, but our joy pales in comparison to the joy our union gives Jesus. He has longed to be one with us.

Selah: “The day his heart rejoiced” refers to the day you became His bride, the day you became united to Him. When did you give Jesus this joy? If you haven’t, why not now?