Friday, November 29, 2013

Bible Study: Jesus' Intoxicating Love For His Bride - Song of Solonon - Chapter 8

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 8 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…

8 – the commitment phase. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

What aspect of relationship with Christ does this relate to? This is when you come to the place that, regardless of what you are called to endure, you are committed to Jesus! You have been through trials that have deepened your faith, and experienced the greatest joys you could ever hope to know because of Him. You recognize that the safest place to be is in His will. He is your all-in-all.

8:1 – Public displays of affection between married people was forbidden in this culture.

8:2 – lead you to my mother’s house - ?

Give you spiced wine – kisses?

Nectar of my pomegranates - ?

Other delights of love?

Intoxicating juices?

They are enjoying each other.

8:3 – the fondling position. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

8:4 – Why would she tell the women not to awaken love until it pleases at this point? Is she giving advice? Now that she knows from personal experience, she advises well.

8:5 – apple – tree of love. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

under the apple tree…gave you birth – you were born to be with me, (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

coming up from the desert?

Leaning on her lover – have they been through some sort of trial?

And come through it together.

8:6 – seal over your heart – protection?

Seal on your arm - ?

Love is as strong as death - ?

Jealousy unyielding as the grave – ?

Fire – Love is passionate.

8:7 – many waters – what cannot quench love?

Giving all of your wealth for love = scorn – what?

8:8 – The friends ask advice for their young sister.

8:9 – a wall – moral, pure. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

build towers – will be blessed. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

a door – immoral. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

The beloved says that she was fortified.

Breasts like towers?

Her lover sees her as a tower. Watching, protecting herself for him.

8:10 – a wall – fortress – no one will touch me sexually.

8:11 – see Song of Songs 1:6. She worked in Solomon’s vineyard. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

What is the significance of the production and profit of Solomon’s vineyard?

8:12 – She refers to herself as a vineyard that is hers to give. She is his profit?

8:13 – Solomon wants to hear her voice?

8:14 – She wants Solomon to come away with her. This is true romance.

Does your spouse feel this from you? Does Jesus? What can you do to make sure they BOTH feel your desire for them?

• 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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