Song of Solomon 8:Longing for Her Beloved
1 [She ] Oh that you were like a brother to me who nursed at my mother's breasts! If I found you outside, I would kiss you, and none would despise me.
2 I would lead you and bring you into the house of my mother--- she who used to teach me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the juice of my pomegranate.
3 His left hand is under my head, and his right hand embraces me!
4 I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.
5 Who is that coming up from the wilderness, leaning on her beloved? Under the apple tree I awakened you. There your mother was in labour with you; there she who bore you was in labour.
6 Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the LORD.
7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.
8 [Others ] We have a little sister, and she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister on the day when she is spoken for?
9 If she is a wall, we will build on her a battlement of silver, but if she is a door, we will enclose her with boards of cedar.
10 [She ] I was a wall, and my breasts were like towers; then I was in his eyes as one who finds peace.
11 Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon; he let out the vineyard to keepers; each one was to bring for its fruit a thousand pieces of silver.
12 My vineyard, my very own, is before me; you, O Solomon, may have the thousand, and the keepers of the fruit two hundred.
13 [He ] O you who dwell in the gardens, with companions listening for your voice; let me hear it.
14 [She ] Make haste, my beloved, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the mountains of spices.
Things to think about…
1.This young woman wants an even greater connection and intimacy with her beloved. Even a near relationship – which was not uncommon in the ancient near east, SofS 8:1. But not quite, she only says that 'you were like a brother'. As Christians we are of course brothers and sisters in Christ and have a closer relationship than blood. Coming from a non-Christian family I know the importance of having a close connection with my church family that I can share with at a heart level. This young woman says "I would kiss you and none would despise me", vs 1. We should never be ashamed of our relationship with Christ or each other.
2.There's this embrace again, SofS 8:3. It denotes unity, intimacy, protection and love. All the things we should have at a heart level with our Saviour. I would encourage you today to promote these qualities in another Christian who has been on your mind and heart recently.
3.He awakened her, SofS 8:5. Christ awakened us, from spiritual death to life. She wants his seal over her, vs 6, because her love and jealousy are as strong as death. This book almost went the way of Esther in not mentioning the name of the Lord. But His name is mentioned once here in SofS 8:6. Our Lord is jealous for us with a holy jealousy. Let us never despise His right to be protective with how He loves us. Ponder some of the ways our Lord shows this protective love over you.
4.We need to protect the next generation coming up behind us. This woman's younger sister has no breasts, I.E she is a child, still developing and unspoken for. The older sister, wants to enclose her with cedar. She is a protector as a wall and her breasts like towers, SofS 8:10. This shows maturity and she is of an age where she has a right to speak for her younger sister, to protect and speak up for her. She is in a perfect secure relationship. She says "I was in his eyes as one who finds peace", vs 10. Husbands, does your wife feel at perfect peace and secure in the knowledge of your love and protection for her? Do we protect our next generation with such an example of love, peace and security? Husbands love your wives in this way, but also dad's of daughters, cherish your daughters not just by protecting them physically, but morally as well.
5.Her beloved wants to hear her voice. Her garden denotes 'sexual union', and is constantly before him and available. Husbands if you want your wife to be willingly available for you, not just sexually, then show her love, security and protection. She desires it and wives, your husband wants to hear her voice SofS 8:13, 14. Does your wife initiate sex at times men? If not, this also highlights some relational issues that you may need to deal with. Begin by asking your wife what they are. If she has already told you many times, then for goodness sake start doing something about it!
6.In a real sense this is how we need to be with our Lord, totally open and honest and crying out for Him to be near, SofS 8:14. This is so we see, experience and know His affection and jealous love for us. Cry our to our SaviourJesus, our Husband in prayer. May our heart cry be the same as the Apostle John "come Lord Jesus", Rev 22:20. I trust this is the case for you.
CBC's Vision :- To be a growing biblical church community, significantly influencing our city and beyond, through intentional outreach, fulfilling our mission.
Sunday morning's message on "What's the point?" from Eccl 8 and 9.
1.Solomon begins the book of Ecclesiastes and continues throughout by saying "Vanity of vanities" all is vanity. What does Solomon mean? Why would he say life is vain – effectively saying it is without purpose or meaning?
2.Read Eccl 9:3. What is the significance of this verse? Is man full of evil? Solomon says "after that they go to the dead". How is this related to the fall? Was it meant to be that way in the beginning in the Garden of Eden?
3.Read and explain the meaning of Eccl 9:7-10. How do you achieve this in your own life?
4.How can we ultimately be at peace with Solomon's final conclusion of the book, Eccl 12:12-14?
1.Our outreach initiatives as well as the Axiom podcast.
2.Next Sunday's messages. Song of Solomon "You are God's gift to me" in the morning, "What's it like to be loved"– Axiom 6pm.
3.Finish "Bean Redeemed" coffee shop.
4.New folk as they settle in to the life of CBC.
5.Recharge – Pray for someone to take over Recharge.
6.Church finances – Pray all expenses are met and that we can again support Digital Harvest and One for Israel.
7.Our City and Country – Pray for revival over our city and the leadership of our country.
1.More visitors on Sunday
2.New visitors settling in.
3.New ministries being considered – Outreach opportunities and Church services
4.Unity, love and peace
1.Backwell group - Hosting morning tea on Sunday morning.
2.Playpatch – Back this week. Carly Backwell leads this ministry.
3.Recharge– back this week. Pete Alback leads high schoolers from 7-9pm Friday nights at church..
4.Kids at Church – back this Sunday.
5.Members Meeting – 18th August after morning service.
6.Mapleton Women's retreat – Fri August 23rd- Sun Aug 25th. Cost $175. More details here https://www.anewconference.org.au/conferences/mapleton
This month's catechism question...
Q. 2. In whose name should we pray?
A. Only in the name of Christ.
Bible Reference – John14:13&14; John 16:23&24; Heb.4:14-16.
"Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known" Jer 33:3