Arise My love, My beautiful one,
My dove, in the clefts of the rock,
in the crevices of the cliff,
let me see your face,
let me hear your voice;
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.
Song of Songs 2:13-14 (Holman)
Our own Rebecca found this lovely photograph from 1912 of a woman tentatively coming out of the cleft of a rock in Hawaii. It so vividly portrays the fear we have in leaving our idols and going higher with the Lord. But Rebecca is a living illustration of how God will indeed meet us when we arise and follow Him. I’m excited to show you two videos this week by going to this website:
Under Dee Brestin ministries first watch Rebecca’s video. (Even if you saw it before — watch it again, because it is better!)
These video testimonies will be a part of the Idol Lies curriculum. This weekend we filmed the rest. I have felt like the Shulammite maiden in the cleft of the rock — afraid of all the things that were out of my control — and there was so much! But God has met me — has met us. I cannot even begin to tell you how well it went — beyond my hopes. (I have only seen some of the footage — didn’t want to see myself — but the scenery Ben caught and one little clip of a nine-year-old boy walking on a thin fence (to illustrate the narrow way of the gospel — and how you can fall off to the side of rebellion or self-righteousness) and the way he captured it, his feet in slow motion…And two women from Moody from Thailand and Trinidad came and gave such good comments….My friend Cynthia was here and was AMAZING –and her husband cooked five fabulous meals that blessed us all. This morning I realized this video could be adapted, with my son’s help, for the prisons. God has met me — and all He asked of me was to release control and move out toward Him.
We’ve been learning from Jonah that “those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” Rebecca ties this into the Song of Songs, where at first the Shulammite refuses to come out of the cleft, for it seems safer to cling to her idols.
Even if you saw Rebecca’s old video — please watch the new one before you begin. Click here:
This is from Rebecca:
“Let’s pray for a heart ready for any world to come-let’s pray for a new level,
let’s move up, grasp the grace of god so we are fearless enough and humble
enough to handle the world whatever it is-salvation is from the Lord.”
God has shown me that a little grasp of Grace is not enough before a Tsunami.
My Tsunami came when I married. My stepdaughter suffered with anorexia; later, a son diagnosed with Autism-I feared, I crumbled. My little grasp of Grace wasn’t enough, and I began to run from God and into the cleft in the arms of my idol.
But He came and pulled me out plunging me into the wild waves of His Grace –Layer by layer the depths of the Cross. What love is this to plunge this white clothed sinner deeper still? Who am I?? I am finding strength as I slowly grasp deeper my need and His cost-yet I have so much deeper to go. He loves me despite me and I am confident He will take me higher for He calls me beautiful. Salvation is from the Lord!
1. What stood out to you from the above and why? (Choose Rebecca’s words, her video, the photograph — or all of the above!)
2. Share a recent time when you either:
A. Clung to your idol in the cleft of the rock and suffered
B. Came out of the cleft, fearful yet trusting, and experienced grace
3. Read Song of Songs 2:8-12
A. This is both a portrait of an earthly bridegroom and of Jesus.
Find evidence that she admires him, loves him, and is pleased by him.
B. Challenge: Write your own prayer of praise to Jesus, based on the above verses.
4. Read Song of Songs 2:10-14
How does he attempt to persuade her to come out of the clefts to go higher with him?
5. It seems, by the sense of his absence in Song of Songs 3, that he failed to persuade her to go higher with him.
We can love the Lord, and still cling to our idols, forfeiting the grace that could be ours. How did you cling to
an idol last week? Result?
5. Read Song of Songs 5:6-7
A. How does she have a change of heart, as evidenced by verse 5?
B. This is when we find out where he was asking her to go with him. What do you think is meant by “the
mountain of myrrh?
C. How does he respond to her coming out of the cleft?
Jesus went ahead to The Mountain of Myrrh — and now calls us to follow. New Song has a song in which they imagine God the Father singing these verses to Jesus. To watch, click here:
Thursday-Friday (Rachael’s Story) Go to the same link and under Dee Brestin ministries, listen to Rachael’s story. https://vimeo.com/timmahony/albums
Rachael was in my face to face study with Rebecca in Kansas City. There were seven women — and five had dramatic changes in their lives. Rachael is a godly young woman, yet her life was changed. She has such depth, that I am going to break this video into three pieces and use it all in Idol Lies.
6. In the first part of the video Rachael discovers, through Powlison’s questions, that Jesus is often not her refuge. Where was she going for refuge? How did she begin to see this and then change? Do you identify?
7. Rachael has severe chronic health problems. How did she begin to see these differently? What do you think?
8. Rachael underwent a change in the way she related to her children. What did the Lord show her, and how is her relationship different now?
9. What’s your take-a-way and why?