Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jan | 28 | Riding the chariots of Amminadib


Riding the chariots of Amminadib

Song of Solomon 6:10-12
Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners? I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley, and to see whether the vine flourished, and the pomegranates budded. Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Amminadib. KJV

The bridegroom, in every way, has been ‘delighting’ in his most delectable of brides. He is a happy man, for even after a night of love the morning shall burst forth for him like sharp and naked, scimitar rocking moon bathing in fresh yellow sunshine of another decidedly and delicious day. Indeed, when he looks at his bride in the morning after the long and happy night before, her beauty is nothing short of the double dose of the dawn to him. Do not underestimate the power of the poetry of passion in these verses for the bride’s beauty entices him all the morning to seek some further loving, and whatever allusion you will make of nuts, vines and pomegranates, the bridegroom went into his garden to get some. Moving on quickly now before we get too hot under the physical collar here, allow me to rightly spiritualize these red-hot words.

 This garden is of course the church. The bridegroom is of course her Master, Jesus Christ the Lord and our Savior, my friends, goes into His garden in the cool of the day expecting that He might delight Himself further on the satisfying fruit of ecstatic fellowship. Now I am pleased to say right here that He is not disappointed! On the contrary, His experience of His garden, the church, makes His heart race. He is like a man stepping from a double seat Ferrari, after being driven by a member of the McLaren Mercedes team around Monte Carlo on a blue-sky afternoon, only to then be met by a diamond-bedecked beauty, bearing a bag full of brown poker chips from the Casino, and twirling a golden key to a penthouse bedroom in the Metropole. Look now: Amminadib might indeed mean something like ‘my people of generous nobility’ but here it is used as a proper name and this geezer was obviously renowned for owning a set of wheels that ate up the ground of Jerusalem in glorious wheel spinning wonder, causing excitement and comment wherever he went. How would you like to ride that chariot?

Two quick points then, for our contemplation today. 

The greater point is again the great statement of fact that ‘in the age to come the Church glorified, of which we Christians in part together form the whole, is THE MOST EXCITING object in the heavens and THE MAJOR thing of beauty that occupies the heart and eye of the Savior.’ Saint of God, you must learn then to live right now as a thing of inestimable beauty, value and delight to the heart of God. This very fact should make even your drab day Mondays twinkle in the mists of expectancy. Think about that.

The lesser point is that souls which are ‘sent’, have had a roaring engine put into them and I tell you now, if what ‘sends’ you is both right and good, then whatever your ‘chariot of Amminadib’ might be, get on it, or get in it, and with exultant joy, go as fast as you can. Oh, and do not spare the horses! Tell me Christian; what is that makes your heart race?

Listen:- Return, return, O Shulamite; Return, return, that we may look upon you! Song of Solomon 6:13 NKJV

Pray: -  Father, in the age to come I know that I shall so surely shine! I know that the church shall be the glory of the coming ages. I know that to gaze upon us will not only be Your chief delight but even that the rest of Creation will this time groan with continual disappointment whenever we leave its view, indeed, all creation, even the angels, shall shout for the display of that fantastic future glory which You shall forever reveal in us! Ah but this morning O my Lord, ah but this side of the adoption my Father, please, for this another day, send me a chariot from the garage of Amminadib that I might at least blaze past the local bus stop and turn a few heads there. Amen and amen.

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