Rise Up, My Love (132): Which Way Does the Wind Blow?

Summer Setting

Quiet GardenSong of Solomon 4:16 “Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out.” The bride now calls out to awaken the winds. Most commentators say the north wind speaks of adversity and the south of pleasant circumstances, and conclude that every believer needs both the storms and sunshine of life to mature. The conclusion is doubtless correct (since God has universally ordained tribulation and joy for each believer), but most commentators must live to the north and west of Israel, because the Bible’s own commentaries on the wind are quite different! SS 132 Lady and Tramp Gardens in Flower PotsAccording to the Scriptures, the north wind brings fair weather (Job 37:22) and drives away the rain (Proverbs 25:23). The south wind quiets the earth (Job 37:17) and brings heat (Luke 12:55). In the land of Palestine, it is the east wind that brings rough weather (Isaiah 27:8), withers…

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