Universal

Sometimes a verse stands out to me and a word, or phrase, helps me to understand the text. Other times the verse will raise a question and I have to dig around to find the answers.

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Jesus called himself “The Rose of Sharon,” but he was from the tribe of Judah, not Gad. Yesterday we read of Salma, a descendant of Judah, who founded Bethlehem, where Jesus was born, see 1 Chronicles 2:51. His father Joseph was from the tribe of Judah. But “Sharon” was located where the tribe of Gad lived.

1 Chronicles 5:16, “The Gadites lived in the land of Gilead, in Bashan and its villages and throughout all the pasture lands of Sharon.” New Living Translation

“The Rose of Sharon …It has three things in perfection – shape, colour, and fragrance….it is in its sweetness expecially that the rose reminds me of the Lord Jesus Christ….it is the universal flower; it belongs to everybody….Christ is the common porperty of all…..” G. Calthrop, M. A. biblehub.com/sermons/auth/calthrop/the_rose_of_sharon_and_the_lily_of_the_valleys.htm

When Christ called himself the “Rose of Sharon,” he was saying he was sweet, not bitter or sour. And he was universal, the common property of all.

Dear Father God,

Thank You for sending Jesus Christ. Thank You for filling our lives with sweetness, not bitterness. Thank You for sending Him to all of us in the universe. Help me to bring His sweetness to those around me.

In Jesus Name,

Amen

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