Song of Solomon 7:
1 [He ] How beautiful are your feet in sandals, O noble daughter! Your rounded thighs are like jewels, the work of a master hand.
2 Your navel is a rounded bowl that never lacks mixed wine. Your belly is a heap of wheat, encircled with lilies.
3 Your two breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle.
4 Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are pools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim. Your nose is like a tower of Lebanon, which looks toward Damascus.
5 Your head crowns you like Carmel, and your flowing locks are like purple; a king is held captive in the tresses.
6 How beautiful and pleasant you are, O loved one, with all your delights!
7 Your stature is like a palm tree, and your breasts are like its clusters.
8 I say I will climb the palm tree and lay hold of its fruit. Oh may your breasts be like clusters of the vine, and the scent of your breath like apples,
9 and your mouth like the best wine.[She ] It goes down smoothly for my beloved, gliding over lips and teeth.
10 I am my beloved's, and his desire is for me.
The Bride Gives Her Love
11 Come, my beloved, let us go out into the fields and lodge in the villages;
12 let us go out early to the vineyards and see whether the vines have budded, whether the grape blossoms have opened and the pomegranates are in bloom. There I will give you my love.
13 The mandrakes give forth fragrance, and beside our doors are all choice fruits, new as well as old, which I have laid up for you, O my beloved.
Things to think about…
1.Look at the way this young husband describes his new bride. I don't know how many young ladies would appreciate being described in such a way as listed in SofS 7:1-5, but clearly the descriptions all have meanings that were appreciated in the ancient near east. Jewels were of immense value, wine represented opulence and pleasure, wheat represented wealth, abundance and blessing. Lillies represent a place of beauty and scented pleasure, an ivory tower represents beauty, power and strength, pools represent rest, comfort and desire. Purple was a colour that represented sensual wealth and beauty. Palm trees, grape vines and apples, represent abundance, blessing and joy. Again I will ask, husbands are you fully satisfied with your wives. If not, the issue is with you and not your wife. She is actually God's gift to you. To be indifferent to the gift is akin to blasphemy towards the Giver. Pray for a renewed view of your wife and a deep work of grace upon your heart if the view of your wife has been tainted by your own sin.
2.This young male lover is unashamed in expressing his desires. He will climb the palm tree and take hold of its fruit, SofS 7:8. He will grab, feel and fondle her breasts and be refreshed by their beauty. The taste of her mouth will be sweet, vs 9. Of course it will, they have been drinking wine and eating apples. Married men, when was the last time you passionately kissed your wife? Wives, when was the last time you desired it and allowed it? We certainly have the blessing of the Lord in acting on these desires for each other within our marriages.
3.Men, it needs to be said again, chase after your wives. Look at this woman's statement about her young husband. "I am my beloved's, and his desire is for me", SofS 7:10. She knows he is single minded in his physical and sexual attraction for her. Make sure your wife knows the same about you; that she knows you only have eyes for her and that you are willing to act at any time on those desires.
4.You have often heard about getting away for a dirty weekend. Within marriage, there is nothing 'dirty' about it. It is pure and blessed. I would add 'necessary' at times as well. SofS 7:11-13 speak of these two lovers getting away for a romantic season alone, in a beautiful secluded spot, where there is peace, beauty, abundance and solitude. The young bride here says 'there I will give you my love', vs 12. If you want some wonderful sex fellas, take you wives away on a romantic weekend together. Just you two, no kids! When did you last organise to do this with your wife? Times up.
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