Bro. Tom's Weekly Bible Study
  Week #10
Posted: October 25, 2010

Redeeming Love


Let us continue our study of the Song of Solomon with the theme of redeeming love. It has been my desire for the Lord to teach us how to love Him like He loves us. We have for several studies been looking at wedding love. I looked in detail at the forming of the marriage. This week I want to draw our attention to the fragrance from the marriage. It is well known that our five senses often control our feelings, thinking, actions, and reactions. I find from our study that the wedding to our Shepherd lover King Jesus will have a definite fragrance to it

In 3:6 I find there is a wilderness fragrance. This wilderness fragrance will give off a scent of being fire tested. The Bride in our text looks and sees one coming up out of the wilderness. The word wilderness is often associated with a destitute and lonely place. It is often referred to as a place of great testing. The children of Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness tested by God but it seems like they failed every test. OUR bridegroom the Lord Jesus was led of the Spirit into the wilderness where He was tempted 40 days and nights by Satan He came out triumphant over every temptation hurled at Him by Satan.

The pillars of smoke are not the word for dust coming from the horse drawn carriage. It is the word for smoke from a fire. Our wedding will smell of a fire tested sacrifice. The text tells us the smoke was the scent of myrrh and frankincense. These two scents are the fragrance used in the burial of a body at death. They were used for embalming or burning of incense at a funeral. I see the wedding with our bridegroom Jesus will smell like the death of the cross.

In 4:12 I see there is a wonderful fragrance and it is the scent of flattering truth. The bridegroom speaks of his bride as a garden enclosed. In I Corinthians 3:9 Paul tells us we are God's husbandry. The phrase means a hedged garden. Nothing can touch his bride unless He lifts the hedge.

In 4:12 He says of His bride that she is a spring shut up. The phrase means an underground spring of water. Jesus told the woman at the well that He could put a well inside her in the person of the Holy Ghost and she would never thirst again. He says also of his bride in 4:12 that she is a fountain sealed. The phrase indicates an underground well in the middle of the landscape that is subject to eruption. Our bridegroom has put the Holy Ghost inside us and He awaits an eruption by her of praise and worship unto her husband. What could cause this eruption? One would be our relationship. In 4:12 He calls her His wife my sister and my spouse. It is a kinship because of blood and marriage. Through the blood of the cross we are made kin with Him our husband to be. The other cause of eruption is found in 4:7 were He says of her that she is without spot. His blood has washed our sins away making us without spot. There is a fountain filled with blood, sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains. This should certainly cause and eruption of the Spirit dwelling within us coming forth in praise and worship.