Here we go with the 4th part of the Bible’s 5:7’s. Lots of sin and rebellion in these passages!
Song of Solomon 5:7
The watchmen who went about the city found me.
They struck me, they wounded me;
the keepers of the walls took my veil away from me.
My beloved was taken away from me; I cannot find him. Those who should have kept me safe took advantage of me.
For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel,
and the men of Judah are His pleasant plant.
He looked for justice, but behold, oppression;
for righteousness, but behold, a cry for help.
God looked for justice and mercy; good fruit from his people. Instead he found them oppressing each other and ignoring cries for mercy.
“How shall I pardon you for this?
Your children have forsaken Me
and sworn by those that are not gods.
When I had fed them to the full,
then they committed adultery
and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots’ houses.
God was good to them, but they shunned Him and followed after the gods of the other nations and actively looked for ways to sin against Him.
Our fathers sinned and are no more, but we bear their iniquities.
The fathers mentioned in the Scriptures above passed their iniquities on to their children. Should the children pay for their elder’s sins?
Having cut into the first half of these books, I went deep into the midst of the sins of the fathers; judgements against God’s chosen people. Promises of redemption can be found if you continue on in each of these books. Our God has always been merciful, having a plan to save His beloved people before they even had a chance to sin. The years between the fall of man and Jesus’ arrival were filled with those seeking God and not many finding Him. They were attempting to follow the Law of Moses, but found out they couldn’t. Hallelujah, the long awaited Jesus has come! Remember, Jesus summed things up this way:
Matthew 22:37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Shalom to you all; grace and peace until we meet again.