Friday, October 25, 2013

Bible Study: Jesus' Intoxicating Love For His Bride - Song of Solonon - Chapter 3

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the Song of Songs (also known as Song of Solomon), although they are a bit better formatted than former efforts. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses and encourages you through this material. I’m not sure of the condition of the world at the time of this publication. But at the time of its writing, late spring 2010, things are looking increasingly bleak with the economy, health care and unemployment, there are allegations of racial profiling in Arizona and a major oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Are these the first stages of birth pains? The last? God only knows. And He is very busy these days. Seek His wisdom. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming to deliver His people and judge the wicked…


Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 3 of the Song of Solomon. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…

3 – What aspect of relationship with Christ does this relate to? At this point, you cannot get enough of Him. Prayer and Bible study are not things you must do. They are things you want to do. You understand His commitment to you, and are incredibly more committed to Him.

3:1 – They weren’t sleeping together. Was she dreaming of him? She certainly desired him.

3:2 – When daytime came, she looked for him but didn’t find him.

3:3 – She saw his watchmen and asked where he was.

3:4 – When she passed the watchmen, she saw him and hugged him, and wouldn’t let go until he took her home. What an intense bond!

3:5 – See 2:7. This is another oath advising not to hurry love. As the wedding day draws nearer, it becomes more difficult to resist him. Not that he appears to be pressuring her.

3:6 – A procession is coming. It is Solomon coming to collect his bride. The wait is over.

Column of smoke – can be seen from far away.

Perfumed – smells good. Myrrh and incense both relate to smell. Myrrh was used to prepare a corpse for burial. Incense is equated with prayers in other places in scripture.

3:7 – respect. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

carriage – A royal carriage.

60 noble warriors – well-protected, respected.

3:8 – protection. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

All wear swords, battle experience, prepared – they will be well- protected.

Why do you think Christ and His bride would require protection? Well, Christ doesn’t require protection…

3:9 – strength. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

Solomon made the carriage. What does this say about him? He is strong, handy, not afraid to work.

3:10 – priceless. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

Solomon also works with silver and gold. What does this tell you? He is a multi-talented craftsman.

Purple upholstery – royal color.

Interior crafted lovingly by daughters of Jerusalem.

3:11 – Daughters of Zion – Same as the daughters of Jerusalem.

He is wearing his crown – 1 Samuel 61:10 – the groom adorns his head like a priest. Jesus is our Bridegroom and our High Priest.

His mother crowned him – she gave her blessing?

It is his wedding day. He is really happy.

• The Song of Solomon illustrates the love relationship between a man and woman which can mirror God’s intoxicating love for His bride (the church). How have you seen God’s love at work in this chapter of scripture? How can you apply it to your marriage? How will you apply it to your relationship with Jesus this week?
• What attributes of God do you see in this book?
• What verse of scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

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