Rabbi Schneider — Draw Me After You
Beloved ones, today we're gonna be beginning a series I'm calling A Baptism of Love. Just say that to yourself, A Baptism of Love. How many of you want to be baptized by the Spirit of the Lord in the love of God in a deeper way? I know I do.
We're gonna be looking today in the Song of Songs. Now some of you have been following my ministry for a while. You know that several years ago I preached messages on the Song of Songs.
But in this series called A Baptism of Love, I'm gonna greatly condense it to just capture the main themes in this book which begins with the Shulamite bride, that's a shadow of the Church, calling out to Father God to kiss her with the kisses of his Word.
And it ends with her being baptized in the fiery love of Jesus as she understands that she is his bride. You see, one thing that you and I need to think about for a second, God wants to capture our hearts with this, that he didn't send his Son, Jesus, just to die for our sins.
Of course it begins there. Jesus, hallelujah we love you, Jesus died on the cross for our sins. But it doesn't end there. Where it ends, beloved, is in Revelation, 19, verse 7-9 , where we sit down across the table with Jesus at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
So it begins, beloved ones, with him dying on the cross for our sins, but it ends with our marriage to him. You see, Jesus didn't just die to forgive you, but he died to marry you. And this is the great theme and the revelation of Scripture, that God loves you and I so much that he ends his climactic salvation experience for us in once again what the Bible calls the marriage supper of the Lamb.
You see, Paul tells us in the Book of Ephesians, chapter 5, that a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the two shall become one. And then Paul says, and I'm speaking to you of a mystery; the mystery between Christ and his church. Paul says, I betrothed you as a spotless virgin to Jesus, to Yeshua HaMashiach.
We are, beloved ones, the Scripture tells us the wife of the Lamb. Now I know as I begin to talk like this, especially for our men, this is a really hard message to digest. I mean, we're talking about being the bride of Jesus. We think of this as a feminine thing, a bride, we think of as feminine. But I want you to know, beloved ones, I'm speaking to men right now, that Scripture uses this language. It's anthropomorphic language.
In other words, God condescends to human terms so that we can relate to him. But it is not about, beloved, sexuality. It's way beyond male or female. When the Lord calls the Church his bride, when we're referred to, beloved one, as the bride of Christ, this is not about gender.
Get this now, men, it's about intimacy because the most intimate experience on earth between human beings is a marriage relationship. And since God is the Creator, he is portrayed as the male. We are first receivers, right.
The Bible says concerning Jesus to as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become the children of God. And so Jesus stands at the door of our heart and knocks. We have to open up and receive him. And so in that sense the Church is referred to as the Bride because she is the one that's receiving from Creator God.
But men please hear me, you need to hear this message. This is not about gender. This is about intimacy of relationship. This is about how close God has designed for us to be in with him.
In other words, this is about the fact that God wants to be in union with you. He wants oneness with us. So don't let the terms throw you off. Open your heart because the Father, Jesus, wants to baptize you in his fiery love. I know that sometimes I'm speaking of the Father, sometimes I'm speaking of Jesus, just roll with me.
Remember, Jesus said, if you've seen me, you've seen the Father, and that in Jesus, the Scripture says, the fullness of the God hath dwelt. And so we're gonna be looking in this series called A Baptism of Love, we're gonna be looking at it from the perspective of the Song of Songs.
Did you know that the ancient rabbis considered the Song of Songs the most sacred book in the Tanakh in the Hebrew Bible? They referred to it as the Holy of Holies in the Tanakh, or the Old Testament because the Song of Songs reveals to us more than any other book in the Bible, in the Old Testament, how God feels about us.
It reveals to us the emotional side of God, the beautiful side of God, and it reveals to us, beloved, what I'm calling the bridal paradigm, which is the paradigm that our salvation culminates in in Revelation, 19, where we're invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And so there is a prophetic shadow in the Song of Songs of where our salvation experience climaxes.