There is no relationship so intimate on this earth as that between husband and wife in marriage and lived out as a life long partnership. An illustration of this partnership has been the subject of our study-- The Song of Solomon. A Shulamite maiden - poor, yet lovely has been the focus of King Solomon's attention. In our last study "The Communion of Love" we walked with them through their wedding day and then through some ups and downs as they started their life together.
While the first line of this introduction is what everyone thinks, it is not true! There is a relationship deeper than a man and his wife and that is what Solomon in his use of this beautiful story is really speaking to you and I about. The relationship each believer has with his Lord is the deepest one possible. It transcends all physical and emotional feelings and reaches to the heart of every man and woman -- their spirit.
Christ in the figure of the bridegroom stands before every one of us and calls us to Himself. His loving heart longs to be united with ours so that we can live the most fulfilled life possible - ie.in union and partnership with Himself. As the bridegroom in our story has been patient with his bride, so is Christ with us as we continue at times to walk and work independent from Him.
Now, as we enter our last study, we find a more mature bride and one ready to leave her selfish desires to be in step with her husband in HIS life and work. Jesus is very patient and loving with us. He will wait for us to leave ourselves behind and when we do, we'll be ready to go........
Day 1- When we are united with Christ (Represented by the Shulamite with
Solomon) our purpose becomes one with His and we go where He goes. Other may
want to draw us back to see things from their point of view but we are no
longer two armies (or two camps or Mahanain) i.e. our camp and the Lord's.
Thus, why should we allow others to look upon us as though Christ were one camp
and we another?
Song of Solomon 6:13 (Note:13A is spoken by the Daughters of Jerusalem and 13B is spoken by the Bride)/ I Corinthians 6:17/ I John 4:17
The effect of being united with Christ reflects itself to others through every part of our lives. This is represented now by the Daughters of Jerusalem describing the Shulamite and the results of her being with the king. The description they give, is in the MidEastern tradition and is pregnant with meaning although there is only space here to give a very brief explaination of Song of Solomon 7:1-5....
Day 2- FEET--shod with the gospel of peace.
Isaiah 52:7 / Ephesians 6:15
Day 3- THIGHS--strength formed by God.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Day 4- NAVEL & BELLY-- speaks of what she is inwardly and of one who
has partaken of the Lords body & blood.
Galatians 2:20/ Colossians 2:9-10
Day 5- BREASTS--capacity of faith and love (twins) to feed others.
Song of Solomon 7:3/ John 21:17b/ I Peter 5:2
Day 6- NECK-- the will of man- strong and upright in the Lord's purpose
Day 7 EYES--reflect a heart free from sin and at peace with God
Day 8- NOSE-- she has a sense for what is high and holy
I Timothy 6:11
Day 9- HEAD--her whole mind and heart expressed the superior knowledge
and power of heavenly things.
I Corinthians 2:16/ Philippians 2:5
Day 10- LOCKS (HAIR)--extraordinary devotion so that believers such as
this one may take hold of the Lord and thus their petitions cannot lack an
answer. In Old Testament times a NAZARITE was a man or woman that made a
special vow of separation to the Lord. Their uncut hair was one sign of this
Numbers 6:1-5/ Judges 13:5 / I Samuel 1:11
The Lord Himself now speaks of her maturity. He wants to have fellowship with us and now in this maiden there is something to take hold of and seek out. He mentions three aspects of her mature life that are especially satisfying to Him......
Day 11- #1- Her capacity to feed others (Breasts)
Song of Solomon 7:6-7/ John 15:5
Day 12- #2- Her developed organ of smell. A fragrance comes from her
that results from previous contacts and experiences with Him.
Song of Solomon 7:8 / 2 Corinthians 2:14-15
Day 13- #3- The Holy Spirit so fills her that He pours from her like the
best wine in her thoughts and words.
Song of Solomon 7:9 / Galatians 5:22-23/ Ephesians 5:9
Day 14- When our heart is wholly given to God, our main concern is for
HIS work and HIS satisfaction as this bride exemplifies. We become eager to
enter into the Lord's work with Him and it is in the midst of these pursuits
that our love can be expressed to Him.
John 17:4/ Acts 20:24
Day 15- As we grow deeper with Christ there is a realization that the
presence of our outer man imposes limitations upon our spirit within. In
ancient Israel, public kissing was against all decency except between blood
relatives like brother and sister. The bride feels restrained and unable to
display adequately to the world the reality of His lovliness and the depth of
her love. She longs to give to Him all the best and then rest with Him in
Song of Solomon 8:1-3/ Deuteronomy 6:5/ Ephesians 5:2
Day 16- Others will always demand that we meet this or that demand, but
the Lord has times of rest for us and these need to be respected.
Song of Solomon 8:4/ Mark 1: 35-37
Day 17- She is coming up from a wilderness of spiritual poverty and
wandering and is reminded by the king that He chose her from the very beginning
as the object of His love. This is the same way God has chosen us and raised us
up when only a poor sinner and saved us by His grace.
Ephesians 2:8/ Romans 5: 5-11,15/ Romans 8:32
Day 18- The bride longs that she'll always have a place in her Beloved's
heart and that the strength of His love will uphold her. She now knows her own
weakness and helplessness to even love and hold the Lord. His response is
magnanimous and is a lovely example to us that God's love is free and generous.
Song of Solomon 8:7/ Jeremiah 31:3/ John 3:16/ I John 3:1
Day 19- Being freed from anxiety on her own account the bride now asks
for guidance to work with her beloved in helping an immature believer ("little
sister"). When we are certain of God's love and provisions for ourself then we
are totally free to devote our energies with God for others.
Song of Solomon 8:8 / I Corinthians 3:9 / Mark 16:20
Day 20- A person's will makes the crucial choice between spiritual life
and death. If this immature believer can resist temptation (ie. be a wall),
then there can be constructed upon her life all that is high and noble derived
from redemption (ie. a battlement of silver).
Song of Solomon 8:9a / Ephesians 6:13
Day 21- But, if she permits temptation to come through (i.e. be a door)
they will help her by taking strong and hard measures (enclose her with boards
of Cedar) to protect her from it.
Song of Solomon 8:9b/ I Corinthians 10:13/ Hebrews 2: 18
Day 22- The bride herself declares at this time what had resulted in her
own life for choosing to be a wall (ie. resist temptation). Her faith and love
had grown to full maturity (her breasts were like towers) and her life now
expressed the true peace that comes from being united with her bridegroom. Our
decisions for or against God in our daily affairs are important and ultimately
declare what we will become.
Song of Solomon 8:10/ Ephesians 4:14-15
Day 23- It is through the vineyards (the business of secular life) that
God teaches us about the practical affairs of life and how to be a faithful
steward in the smallest detail. She had gotten beyond the service of duty and
worked in the free service of love. Not only did Solomon profit from her
vineyard, but all the workers that assisted as well.
Psalm 40: 8
Day 24- She is now busy with the work and others are dependent on her
for advise and direction. But has she become too involved in the work and
neglected the one she loves for Him to have to ask to hear her voice?
Day 25- Just this simple reminder from her Beloved to hear her voice
made her instantly aware that she was loving her work more than Him. Thus she
makes an appeal similar to Song of Solomon 2:7, calling for a return to
Song of Solomon 8:14
(Is this not the same mistake many Christians make when the work takes priority over those times when we were just content to sit with the Saviour and love Him? )
Day 26- And so the song ends with the important thought that to love the
person of Christ is more important than just doing the work of Christ. The work
will flow and be accomplished when our priority is to love our Lord first.
Deuteronomy 6:5/ 10:12/ 11:1
(Notice the order in these verses between loving and serving).
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