February 26: Patiently Waiting
Leviticus 20:1–22:33; John 9:35–41; Song of Solomon 8:1–5
Delayed gratification is a foreign concept to our natural instincts. Our culture doesn’t encourage patience or contentment; we would prefer to have our desires met the moment they arise.
The woman in Song of Solomon tells us that she is delighted in her beloved. She praises his attributes and tells of the wonders of their love. But throughout the poem, at seemingly random moments, she also warns the daughters of Jerusalem about love: “I adjure you … do not arouse or awaken love until it pleases!” (Song 8:4).
This is not the first time she has “adjured” them to wait and have patience: the same refrain is found elsewhere in the poem, and it acts like an oath (Song 2:7; 3:5). Although the elevated poetry glories in love, delight, and fulfillment, it also warns about immediate gratification. The woman urges us not to force love. It is something that must be anticipated and protected, not enjoyed before it’s time.
It doesn’t feel natural to wait and anticipate, but in many ways, staying faithful and being hopeful characterizes our faith. Waiting doesn’t mean we’re not bold or risk-takers. It means we’re faithful to God—we’re waiting for things to happen in His time. We know God has something planned for us that is beyond our expectations.
How are you patiently waiting and anticipating?
REBECCA VAN NOORD
- And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Thou shalt say also to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that dwell in Israel, that iveth his children unto Molech, he shall die the death, the people of the land shall stone him to death. And I will set my face against that man and cut him off from among his people, because he hath given his children unto Molech, for to defile my Sanctuary, and to pollut mine holy Name. And if the people of teh land hide their eyes, and wink at that man when he giveth his children unto Molech, and kill him not. then will I set my face against that man when he giveth his children unto Molech, and kill him not, Then will I set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people. If any turn after such as work with spirits, and after soothsayers to go a whoring after them, then will I set my face against that person, and will cut him off from among his people. If any turn after wuch a work with spirits, and after soothsayers to go a whoring after them, then will I set my face against that person, and will cut him off from among his people. Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God. Keep ye therefore mine ordinances, and do them: I am the Lord wihich doth sanctify you. If there be any that curseth his father or his mother he shall die the death, seeing he hath cursed his father and his mother, his blood shall be upon him. And the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife, because he hath committed adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall die the death. And teh man that lieth with his father’s wife, because he hath uncovered his father’s shame, they shalll both die: their blood shall be upon them. Also the man that lieth with his daughter-in-law, they both shall die the death, they have wrought abomination, their blood shall be upon them. The man also that lieth with the male, as one lieth with a woman, they have both committed abomination: they shall die the death, their blood shall be upon them. Likewise he that taketh a wife and her mother, committeth wickedness: they shall burn him and them tiwht fire, that there be no wickedness among you. Also the man that lieth with a beast, shall die the death, and ye shall slay the beast. And if a woman come to any beast, and lie therewith, then thou shalt kill the woman and the beast: they shall die the death, their blood shall be upon them. Also the man that taketh his sister, his father’s daughter, or his mother’s daughter, and seeth her shame, and she seeth his shame, it is villainy: therefore they shall be cut off in the sight of their people, because he that uncovered his sister’s shame, he shall bear his iniquity. The man also that lieth with a woman having her disease, and uncovereth her shame, and openeth her fountain, and she open the fountain of her blood, they shall be even both cut off from among their people. Moreover, thou shalt not uncover the shame of thy mother’s sister, nor of thy father’s sister: because he hath uncovered his kin, they shall bear their iniquity. Likewise the man that lieth with his father’s brother’s wife, and uncovereth his uncle’s shame: they shall bear their iniquity, and shall die childless. So the man that taketh his brother’s wife, committeth filthiness, because he hath uncovered his brother’s shame, they shall be childless. Ye shall keep therefore all mine ordinances and all my judgments, and do them, that the land whither I bring you to dwell therein, spew you out. Wherefore ye shall not walk in the manners of this nation which I cast out before you: for they have committed all these things, therefore I abhorred them. But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land,a nd I will give it unto you to possess it, even a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the Lord your God, which have separated from other people. Therefore shall ye put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean, neither shall ye defile your fowls with besats and fowls, nor with any creeping thing, that the ground bringeth forth, which I have separated you from other people. Therefore shall e put difference between clean beasts and unclean, and between unclean fowls and clean, neither shall ye defile your fowls and clean, neither shall ye defile your fowls with beasts and fowls, nor with any creeping things, that the ground bringeth forth, which I have separated from you as unclean. therefore shall ye be holy nto me: for I the Lord am holy, and I have separated you from other people that ye should be mine. And if a an or woman have a spirit of divination, or soothsaying in them, they shall die the death: they shall stone them to death, their blood shall be upon them. And the Lord said unto Moses, Speak unto the Priests the sons of Aaron, and say unto them, Let non e be defiled by the dead among his people, But by his kinsman that is near unto him: to wit, by his mother, or by his father, or by his son, or by his daughter, or by his brother, Or by his sister a maid, that is near unto him, which had not had an husband: for her he may lament. He shall not lament for the Prince among his people, to pollute himself. They shall not make bald parts upon their head, nor shave off the locks of their beard, nor make any cuttings in their flesh. They shall be holy unto their God, and not pollute the Name of their God: for the sacrifices of the Lord made by fire, and the bread of their God they do offer: therefore they shall be holy They shall not take to wife an whore, or one polluted, neither shall they marry a woman divorced from her husband: for such one is holy unto his God. Thou shalt sanctify him therefore, for he offereth the bread of thy God: he shall be holy unto thee: for I the Lord which sanctify you, am holy. If a Priest’s daughter fall to play the whore, she polluteth her father: therefore shall she be burnt with fire. Also the high Priest among his brethren, (upon whose head the anointing oil was poured, and hath consecrated his hand to put on the garments) shall not uncover his head nor rent his clothes. Neither shall he go to any dead body, nor make himself unclean by his father or by his mother, Neither shall he go out of the Sanctuary, nor pollute the holy place of his God: for the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the Lord. Also he shall take a maid unto his wife: But a widow, or a divorced woman, or a polluted, or an harlot, thse shall he not marry, but shall take a maid of his own people to wife: Neither shall he defile his seed among his peole: for I am the Lord which sanctify him. And the Lord spake unto Moss, saying, Speak unto Aaron, and say, Whosoever of thy seed in their garments hath any blemishes, shall not prease to offer the bread of his God: For whosoever hath any blemish, shall not come near: as a man blind or lame, or that hath a flat nose, or that hath any mishapen member, Or, a man that hath a broken foot, or a broken hand, Or, is croockbacked, or bleary-eyed, or hath a blemish in his eye, or be scurvy, or scabbed, or hath his stones broken. None of the seed of Aaron the Priest that hath a blemish, shall coe near to offer the sacrifices of the Lord made by fire, having a blesmish: he shall not prease to offer the bread of his God. The bread of his God, even of the most holy, and of the holy shall he eat: But he shall not go in unto the veil, nor come near the altar, because he hath a blemish, lest he pollute my Sanctuaries: for I am the Lord that sanctify them. Thus spake Moses unto Aaron, and to his sons, and to all the children of Israel. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron, and to his sons, that they be separated from the holy things of the children of Israel, and that they pollute not mine holy name in those things, which they hollow unto me: I am the Lord. Say unto them, Whosoever he be of all your seed among your generations after you, that toucheth the holy things which the children of Israel hallow unto the Lord, having his uncleanness upon him, even that person shall be cut off from my sight, I am the Lord. Whosoeever also of the seed of Aaron is a leper, or hath a runnig issue, he shall not eat of the holy things until he be clean: and who so toucheth any that is unclean by reason of the dead, or a man whose issue of seed runneth from him, Or the man that toucheth any creeping thing, whereby he may be made unclean,or a man by whom he may take uncleanness, whatsoever uncleanness he hath, The person that hath touched such, shall therefore be unclean by reason of the dead, or a man whose issue of seed runneth from him, Or the man that toucheth any creeping thing, whereby he may be made unclean, or a man by whom he may tae uncleanness, whatsoever uncleanness he hath, The person that hath touched such, shall therefroe be unclean until the even,a nd shall nto eat of the holy things, except he have washed his flesh with water. But when the Sun is down, he shall be clean, and shall afterward eat of the holy things: for it is his food. Of a beast that dieth, or is rent with beasts, whereby he may be defiled, he shall not eat: I am the Lord. Let them keep therefore mine ordinance, lest they bear their sin for it, and die for it, if they defile it: I the Lord sancify them. There shall be no stranger also eat of the holy thing, neiter the guest of the Priest, neither shall an hired servant eat of the holy thing: But if the Priest buy any with money, he shall eat of it, also he that is born in his house: they shall eat of his meat. If the Priest’s daughter also be married unto a stranger, she may not eat of the holy offerings. Notwithstanding if the Priest’s daughter be a widow or divorced, and have no child, but is returned unto her father’s house, she shall eat of her father’s bread, as she did in her youth: but there shall no stranger eat thereof. If a man eat of the holy thing unwittingly, he shall put the fifth part thereunto, and give it unto the Priest with the hallowed thing. So shall they not defile the holy things of the children of Israel, which they offer unto the Lord, Neither cause the people to bear the iniquity of their trespass, while they eat their holy thing: for I the Lord do hallow them. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Aaron, and to his sons, and to all the children of Israel, and say unto them, Whosoever he be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers in Israel, that will offer his sacrifice for all their vows, and for all their free offerings, which they use to offer unto the Lord for a burnt offering, Ye shall offer of your free mind a male without blemish of the beeves, of the sheep, or of the goats. And whosoever bringeth a peace offering unto the Lord to accomplish his vow, or for a free offering of the beeves, or of the sheep, his free offering shall be perfect, no blemish shall be in it. Blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen, or scurvy, or scabbed: these shall ye not offer unto the Lord, nor make an offering by fire of these upon the Altar of the Lord. Yet a bullock, or a sheep that hath any member superfluous, or lacking, such mayest thou present for a free offering, but for a vow it shall not be accepted. Ye shall not offer unto the Lord that which is bruised or crushed, or broken, or cut away, neither shall ye make an offering thereof in your land, Neither of the hand of astranger shall ye offer the bread of your God of any of these, because their corruption is in them, there is a blemish in them: therefore shal they not be accepted for you. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, When a bullock, or a sheep, or a goat shall be brought forth, it shall be even seven days under his dam: and from the eighth day forth it shall be accepted for a sacrifice made by fire unto the Lord. As for the cow or the ewe, ye shall not kill her, and her young both in one day. So when ye will offer a thank offering unto the Lord, ye shall offer wilingly. The same day shall it be eaten, ye shall leave none of it ito the morrow: I am the Lord. Therefore shall ye keep my Commandments and do them: for I am the Lord. Neither shall ye pollute my holy Name, but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel. I the Lord sanctify you, Which have brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord. Leviticus 20:1–22:33
- And the servant abideth not in the house forever: but the Son abideth forever. If that Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham’s seed, but ye see to kill me, becaue my word hath no place in you. I spea that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your Father. They answered, and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus said unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abrham. But now ye go about to kill me, a man that have told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the works of your father. Then said they to him, We are not born of fornication: we have one Father, which is God. John 9:35–41
- Oh that thou werest as my brother that sucked hte breasts of my mother: I would find thee without, I would kiss thee, then they should not despise thee. I will lead thee and bring thee into my mother’s house: there thou shalt teach me: and I will cause thee to drink spiced wine, and new wine of the pomegranate. His left hand shall be under mine head, and his right hand shall embrace me. I charg you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you sir not up, nor waken my love until she please. (Who is this that cometh up out of the wilderness, leaning upon her well-beloved?) I raised thee up under an apple tree: there the mother conceived thee: there she conceived that bare thee. Song of Solomon 8:1–5