Monday, April 7, 2014

Bible Study Notes on Song of Solomon- Chapter 5

Song of Solomon 5


-Solomon is speaking once again at the beginning of chapter 5. He is in his garden and gathered all for his bride. He is ready celebrate in complete and utter union. His words, “Drink and imbibe deeply, O lovers,” reflects intimacy and being absorbed by total emersion (Song of Solomon 5:1). *Application* We must understand that God wants every part of our being. He doesn’t just want first place in our lives, He wants every part of our life to reflect His glory and fullness. Let God have complete control of you. This is what the Spirit-filled life is all about.

-Now the bride speaks again with a troubling dream. Her lover had come knocking and she open up to him, but he had turned away and had gone. She searched for him as her heart went out after him, but she could not find him and he did not answer. She is lovesick and disheartened by the seeming separation (Song of Solomon 5:2-8). *Application* There will be times of testing and trial in our walk with the Lord, when He seems to be distant and gone from our side. This time of searching only draws us closer to Him in the end. God’s desire is that we pursue Him as He has pursued us. Sometimes He will let us feel the agony of separation to draw us into a deeper fellowship with Him as a final and lasting result. All of God’s people go through these times of intense struggle. Allow these times of not “feeling” God’s presence grow your faith and dependence on Him. Realize the truth that He is always there (Matthew 28:20). He will never leave you or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He is with us in the valley (Psalm 23:4).

-After the chorus exalts the bride for a verse (Song of Solomon 5:9), the Shulammite bride reigns down more admiration for her beloved in the final verses of the chapter (Song of Solomon 5:10-16). He is described as “dazzling and ruddy, outstanding among ten thousand” with a head like “gold” and hair like the color of the raven with thick locks like clusters of dates [thickness]. His eyes, cheeks, lips, hands, legs, and mouth are all complimented with culturally relevant admirations. In the end, she sums it up by stating that he is “wholly desirable” and that he is “my friend” to all the daughters of Jerusalem. *Application* God in the same way should be praised with ceasing. He is wholly desirable (Psalms 117) and our closest friend (Proverbs 18:24).


Verse to Memorize: Song of Solomon 5:6

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