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God's Watered Garden
Did you know that Jesus sees each Christian, individually, and corporately, as His Betrothed Bride, as a beautiful garden, a springing fountain, and a flowing stream of His crystal clear water? This is His description of His promised Bride, as He looks at us through His cleansing Blood. In Song of Solomon 4:12-15, the Bridegroom says to the Bride, "A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices: A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon."
The Lord loves to meet with his beloved ones in a beautiful garden setting, with the fragrance of preserving spices and lovely flowers intermingling, the coolness of the canopy of the trees of His planting, and the sight and sound of springing fountains and streams. His creation began in a garden, which is one of His favorite places on earth to fellowship with His children. He communes with us in the garden of our hearts. Don't you love Him?
Jesus also encloses us in a garden with Him to set a hedge of protection about us so that the enemy of our souls cannot reach us to do his dastardly deeds to harm us. Actually, the devil despises Jesus in us, because Jesus is the Father's Son, and satan lost his honored place in heaven through his rebellion. Angels were created with the power to obey God forever, therefore, there is no redemption for them. Only mankind, the crown of God's creation, can sing the redemption song because of the Blood of Jesus and His redemptive work on the Cross. Receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior gives mankind the right and privilege to sing the song of the redeemed.
A garden with no high wall around it is open for wild animals to enter and eat its fruits. "I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; and, there it was, all overgrown with thorns, its surface was covered with nettles, its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction." Proverbs 24:30-32 In His great and all-encompassing love, the Lord reminds us that we must keep the gardens of our hearts, lest through neglect, or the enemy's exploits, we give place to plundering and ruin by the enemy of our souls. "Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life." Proverbs 4:23
If you notice, this garden is sealed, barred, yes, for our protection and spiritual growth, but nothing is flowing out of it. Jesus wants our garden to mature so that the fragrance of His plantings and the waters of the springs may flow out to a dry and thirsty world.
In Scripture, there are several symbols which represent the Holy Spirit. Water, oil, fire, and wind are four of those symbols, which are, many times used, interchangeably. The different symbols of the Holy Spirit represent different attributes or characteristics of the Precious Holy Spirit. He is also known as the Heavenly Dove, because of the peace He brings to people. Keeping this in mind, Holy Spirit's attributes will be seen as water, oil, wind, fire, and as the Heavenly Dove in this message.
Let's look at some of the plants in the garden. Song of Solomon 4:13 "Thy plants are an orchard of pomegranates, speaking of the incorruptible seed of the Word. Open a pomegranate and look at the numerous seeds inside. Many other plants grow in the garden, each one symbolizing desirable traits and gifts from Father to His children. Pleasant fruits, speaking of the fruit of the spirit, camphire, a tree with glorious white blossoms, reminding us of the glory of God resting upon us and dwelling within us. Spikenard, which is a costly perfume, is growing there, portraying the sweet savor of Jesus in our lives. The woman with the alabaster box poured spikenard on Jesus' feet and wiped them with her hair. The amount of spikenard in her alabaster box cost about a year's wages.
Saffron, a fragrant and medicinal plant, and calamus, a reed are growing in the garden. Cinnamon, frankincense, myrrh, and aloes are also flourishing. A deeper meaning of some of the plants and spices found in the beloved's garden is that some of them were used by Moses to make the holy anointing oil in Exodus 30:23-25. "Take thou also unto thee principal spices, of pure myrrh...and of sweet cinnamon...sweet calamus...cassia...and of olive oil..thou shall make it an oil of holy ointment...it shall be an holy anointing oil.
The Master is saying that we are a garden enclosed, beautiful to Him, though, with little flowing out, until His holy anointing oil is poured upon us. The anointing oil represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit, Whom we receive in a great measure, even in fullness, when we ask Jesus to fill us with the Holy Spirit to overflowing. "To anoint" means "to rub on, to pour over in profusion," as in the anointing of Aaron's head, with the oil running down on his beard, even down on his robes in Psalm 133, bringing blessed unity to God's people.
This is not the earnest or sealing of the Holy Spirit which comes at salvation, but a pouring over and into the born-again spirit of man, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, as on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:1-4. "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST, AND BEGAN TO SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES, AS THE SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE." Water, oil, wind, and fire are all symbols of the Holy Spirit. The first Christians received this wonderful outpouring of the Holy Oil, Wind, and Fire of the Holy Spirit, and millions upon millions have received this same wonderful blessing since that day. Christians are receiving this mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit Baptism, in this day. Glory to the Name of the Lord! After a Christian receives the initial infilling of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, Jesus, Who is the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, Matthew 3:11, tells us to keep coming, keep drinking, and keep being filled with the Holy Spirit in John 7:37-39, as the Greek tense indicates. There is always more of Him!
The description of the Bride, after receiving the holy anointing oil, mixed with the ground spices and plants, is "a fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon." She is no longer a fountain sealed, but the waters of life flow from her freely. "The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; you shall be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail." Isaiah 58:11
A springing well, which the Holy Spirit puts within us, is like an artesian well, which has power to flow continuously. The Holy Spirit brings peace, for He is the Heavenly Dove. Peace is a powerful tool in the hand of the Father. Others will see peace in you, and come to the Giver of Peace.
If you want this great measure of dunamis power given by Jesus to believers, you must ask. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He will not force you to receive a greater measure of His power. When you ask Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit, or baptize you with the Holy Spirit, which are one and the same, He will do it. John the Baptist said, ... "he that cometh after me (meaning Jesus), is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire." Matthew 3:11 He will make you a fountain, a well springing up unto eternal life, and a flowing stream, flowing out into the deserts of people's lives.
May 21, 2005