Friday, November 22, 2013

Bible Study: Jesus' Intoxicating Love For His Bride - Song of Solonon - Chapter 7

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…

Stacey


Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 7 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…

7 – the romance phase. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

His exaltation of her deepens. She began as a dove and is now a princess! (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

What aspect of relationship with Christ does this relate to? Does it seem possible that Christ’s adoration of you could deepen? Well your adoration of Him certainly does at this stage! He continues to encourage you in relationship with Him. He reveals even more of Himself to you. You cannot go a single day without being in His presence.

7:1 – how beautiful your sandaled feet – Solomon’s knowledge of her. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

Your graceful legs – Solomon praises her. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

In Bible times, it was customary for a servant to take off the shoes of the master or mistress of a home and then to bathe the person’s feet in a basin of water. Wealthy homes and palaces, such as Solomon’s, were carpeted with beautiful handmade carpets, large and small, often layered for added softness. One generally went barefoot in such a home. Solomon was serving his wife just as a servant might have…Sandals were worn by those who were trusted to leave the confines of a home or palace. Slaves were kept barefoot, and so were the women in the harems of wealthy or powerful men. Solomon trusted his wife explicitly to come and go from his presence. He neither controlled nor confined her. He had total faith that she would behave in an honorable manner when she was away from their home, and that she would return to him. He trusted her to appear publicly without him, knowing he could rely on her to be loyal to him and to bring honor to his name. As Proverbs 31:11 tells us, “The heart of her husband safely trusts her.” (Song of Solomon Devotional – Tommy Nelson)

Solomon calls her feet beautiful.

She is the daughter of a prince?

Her legs are so shapely, they are appear to be crafted.

7:2 – speaks of appreciation. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

wine – spring crop. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

wheat – fall crop. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

He appreciates her year-round.

He is appreciating her navel and her slender waist.

7:3-6 – He treats her like he did on the honeymoon. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

7:3 – He loves her breasts.

7:4 – He loves her neck and her eyes and her nose. He is getting more detailed in his descriptions, noticing more. Probably because he knows her much better.

7:5 – He admires her hair.

7:6 – He tells her that she is beautiful and she pleases him.

7:7-8 – her body is an oasis to him. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

7:7 – She is tall?

He comments on her breasts again.

7:8 – “climb the palm tree” – is this referring to her height?

She has fresh breath.

Some scholars believe this refers to the fact that he is drawn to her beauty.

7:9 – Her mouth is intoxicating to him.

She agrees, and desires the intoxication of another Hebrew kiss?

7:10 – She declares that she belongs to him.

7:11 – She wants to be with him.

Spend the night in the villages?

Come with me?

7:12 – Go to the vineyard? She will give her love to him there.

7:13 – mandrakes – an aphrodisiac that resembled the male organ in appearance.



• 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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