Friday, November 08, 2013

Bible Study: Jesus' Intoxicating Love For His Bride - Song of Solonon - Chapter 5

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 5 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…

5 – the conflict phase. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

What aspect of relationship with Christ does this relate to? Now that you have a relationship with Christ and a foundation in the Word, you grow more spiritually. You try to apply deep spiritual truths to your life. You struggle with some passages and have come to the point that you realize you can struggle with Jesus in prayer. In fact, such struggle with Him helps you grow.

5:1 – I have come into my garden…I have…I have – tense changes. Sex act is done. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

Eat…drink your fill – enjoy it. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

gathered my myrrh and my spice?

Eaten my honeycomb and honey – their love was sweet?

Drunk my wine and milk?

The friends encourage the newlyweds to enjoy each other.

Metaphors for physical intimacy.

5:2 – I slept but my heart was awake – anxious? Excited?

The lover knocks, asking his beloved to let him in.

Head drenched with dew? Hair damp with the night? – has he been out all night without her?

Has she been sweating in her sleep? Tossing and turning? Nightmares?

5:3 – Is she keeping him out of the bedroom because he’s been out all night?

We shouldn’t deprive each other of physical intimacy as punishment.

“I have a headache”. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

Does she deny him entry into her chamber because she’s not fully awake?

5:4 – He persists in trying to get in and she becomes excited at the attempt.

5:5 – She jumps up to let him in and find that he has put myrrh on the door handle.

Solomon put myrrh on the handles to signify, “I love you.” (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

5:6 – She also discovers that he is gone. He’s given up. Her heart sinks because we all want to be pursued by our lover.

When was the last time you did the pursuing of your mate? Of Jesus?

She looked for him but couldn’t find him.

5:7 – the watchmen found her and punished her – why?

the watchmen – God. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

They beat her, bruised her and took her robe. What other scriptures can you find regarding the significance of robes? Why might the robe have been taken from Solomon’s bride? Can the robe be taken from Christ’s bride? Explain.

5:8 – She charges the women to tell Solomon that she loves him if they happen to see him.

5:9 – Her friends ask her what makes him so special. These are good friends. By thinking about what she loves about him, she falls in love with him all over again. Seek out friends like this.

5:10-16 – this is how we will see Christ. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

This is how we should see our husband if we are handling conflict properly. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

She appraises him as he did her on their wedding night. See chapter 4. I wonder if he taught her how to appreciate him like this. I can almost envision her reliving his appraisal of her as she voices what she loves about him to her friends.

I challenge you to tell your mate about the physical and personality traits you love about them. Take time to write it out so you can assemble your thoughts. Give them a copy of your list and/or tell them what you appreciate. Keep a copy of your list and add to it as the years pass. Pull this list out when you get upset and need a reminder of what you love about your mate.

5:10 – She says that he’s the best.

5:11 – divine leadership over woman. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

She loves his hair.

5:12 – blessing, peace. (Song of Solomon – Tommy Nelson)

She loves his eyes.

5:13 – She loves his cheeks and his lips.

5:14 – She loves his arms and body.

5:15 – She loves his legs and overall appearance.

5:16 – She mentions his mouth, again.

• 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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