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Leaning on Jesus – SoS Saturday

Who is this coming up from the wilderness
Leaning on her beloved?

Song of Songs 8:5 NASB

Before we move on the verse 6, I wanted to slide back up to the idea of leaning.

How often Christianity has been tagged as a crutch. A device to help the week and infirm get along in a world their just not cut out for.

But here we see the bride in full maturity leaning on her Shepherd King.

So is dependency a sign of weakness?

Does she lean out of her own inability?

Probably so. A mark of Christian maturity, is that we understand it is Christ in us that makes us who we are in Him. It’s the immature believer who strides out in pride and self sufficiency and invariably come back broken, beaten and burnt-out.

Like the maiden, early in the song, we get out ahead of the Lord and try to go it on moral strength and will power.

It’s not our strength that demonstrates our maturity, it’s our ever-increasing dependency on the Lord for support.

What is it that we lean on the Lord for?

We get some clues from the supplications the Lord taught the boys in His model prayer.

Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. - Matthew 6:11-13 NASB

We lean on Jesus for our provision—He is after all Jehovah Jireh—The Lord will Provide.
We lean on Jesus for our forgiveness—There is no other name under heaven by which we may be saved!
We lean on Jesus for leadership—He is our Good and Great Shepherd.

The interesting thing about this position of leaning is that it’s not following from behind. No—instead we find our selves in a defendant partnership. We walk with the Lord, like Adam and Eve did in the cool of the day, before the fall.

So does it show weakness to lean?

It is the way Jesus walked in relation to the Father! Jesus was always looking to the Father for His provision and His guidance. Even His salvation (though He certainly did not need forgiveness.)

When Jesus fed the 5,000:

Ordering the people to sit down on the grass, He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up toward heaven, He blessed the food, and breaking the loaves He gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds, - Matthew 14:19 NASB

When He looked to heaven—was His silent prayer - “Give us this day our daily bread?”

When He was hanging on the cross and ready to finish His work, He cried out:

And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, "Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT." Having said this, He breathed His last. - Luke 23:46 NASB

Jesus entrusted the Father for the final phase of His own work—I have done all you ask of me, my Father, now receive me, and my offering.

And finally Jesus looked to the Father for leadership in every day of His walk:

Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner. - John 5:19 NASB

Was the Lord’s leaning on the Father a sign of His own weakness or inability? NOPE! It was a demonstration of His confidence in the Fathers love and care for Him. It was intended to open our eyes to His total ONENESS with the Father. The same oneness He offers us.

There’s an old hymn of the church from the late 1800s.

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it:

Leaning on the Everlasting Arms is a hymn published in 1887 with music by Anthony J. Showalter and lyrics by Showalter and Elisha Hoffman.

Showalter said that he received letters from two of his former pupils saying that their wives had died. When writing letters of consolation, Showalter was inspired by the phrase in the Book of Deuteronomy 33:27 "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms"


What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.


benheadshot1Thanks for coming by today.

Leaning on Jesus,


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