Song of Soloman

Song of Soloman

THE THEME of the book is the quality of Divine love. It is illustrated in God’s love for His people Israel, whom He describes elsewhere as His ‘bride’ (see for example Isaiah 54:5–6). And it looks ahead to the love of Christ for his bride—the community of believers—which is to be fully realised when he returns to earth. Christ’s Love for His Bride The book is in the form of speeches by various characters: a woman who is called the Shulamite, a shepherd and a king. It also involves groups of women, watchmen and other characters. Some editions of the Bible insert before each section the name of the speaker, although it’s not always possible to be certain who is speaking. The love of the bridegroom for his bride, and her response, is beautifully portrayed in this tender allegory, pointing forward to the love of Christ for his true followers

Peter’s Progress

Peter’s Progress

This is the fourth in a series in which we examine this fascinating Bible book. You can catch up with the previous articles at www.gladtidingsmagazine.org. IN THE FIRST part of Acts the narrative tends to follow the actions of the Apostle Peter. Peter had been one of the main disciples of Jesus, alongside James and John. After Jesus’ resurrection Peter was among the first to meet him alive, and he became an important figure in the early community of believers. The Acts of Peter In Acts chapter 2 Peter addressed a crowd in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost: the first recorded public presentation of the Gospel after Jesus’ resurrection was spoken by Peter. Peter continued to be active in preaching. Had anyone wished to find Peter in Jerusalem at this time the best strategy would have been to find the largest crowd in the city; Peter would have been

No Hero

No Hero

THE BIBLE contains inspiring accounts of men and women of faith who achieved great things in their service to God. John Mark was not one of them—in the great drama that unfolds in the Bible’s pages, he plays a bit-part, and he was no hero. But as is usually the case, we can learn a lot from the little we’re told about him. Mark was the writer of the Gospel of Mark. It’s likely that his information came first-hand from Peter (under the inspiration of God). In the Acts The first time he’s mentioned by name is in the book of Acts. Peter had been freed from prison by an angel, and “he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying” (Acts 12:12). This was in Jerusalem and it’s thought that this was the house where Jesus and

Made in God’s Image

Made in God’s Image

ANIMALS are amazing. An eagle’s eyesight is so sharp that it can spot a rabbit two miles away – and it can keep the rabbit in focus as it dives out of the sky at 200 miles per hour. A sniffer dog has been known to detect a packet of drugs sealed inside a bottle submerged in a can of kerosene. Migrating birds can travel from one side of the world to the other with incredible accuracy, using a variety of navigational aids including the sun, the stars and the earth’s magnetic field. But you and I are more amazing than any other animal—because unlike all other animals, we’re made in the image of God. In the Beginning Right at the beginning of the Bible, Genesis chapters 1 and 2 describe the creation of the world and everything in it. Humans were the last to be created—the culmination of God’s

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

The Gospel of John records a number of sayings of Jesus which begin “I am …” In this series we think about some of the profound things he said about himself. JESUS had some close friends—Lazarus, and his sisters Martha and Mary. They lived in the village of Bethany outside Jerusalem, and Jesus and his disciples would often stay at their home. John chapter 11 tells of the time when Lazarus fell ill and died, and Jesus raised him back to life. He ‘resurrected’ him—the word ‘resurrection’ means to bring back to life. Jesus and his disciples arrived at the house to find Martha grieving for her dead brother. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him,

A New Heaven and a New Earth

A New Heaven and a New Earth

1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:1–4 GOD’S CREATION is incredible. Whether it be gazing in awe at the sheer scale and intricacy of outer space or smiling