Bro. Tom's Weekly Bible Study
  Week #11
Posted: December 1, 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 been in chapters 3-4 looking at wedding love. Thus far we have studied the forming of the marriage and the fragrance from the marriage.

I turn our attention to 4: 13 this week and the fruit in the marriage. In verses 13-14 Solomon mentions the fruit of His bride’s garden. I want to look at it from this thought, a consideration of Spirit filling. I noticed she has nine fruits in her garden. In Galatians 5 Paul tells us there are nine fruits of the Spirit. Would it not be something if her nine were a match with Paul's nine? There is a match and you would almost think God wrote the Bible and planned it to be just like it is. I noticed in the Song of Solomon the first fruit in her garden was pomegranates. This is an aphrodisiac fruit and called by some the love potion. The first fruit in Paul's list is the fruit of love. The second fruit in her garden was camphire. This was a henna plant used to produce bright colors of dye. It was often used to dye the nails during festive occasions. The second fruit in Paul's list was the fruit of joy. The third fruit in her garden was spikenard. They would boil the marrow from this plant, drink it, and it would relieve stress and tension. The third fruit in Paul's list was the fruit of peace.

In 4: 14 we find the fourth fruit in her garden was saffron. It comes from a crocus plant which is known for its durability. It is often used on the roads to melt ice. The fourth fruit in Paul's list is the fruit of long suffering. The fifth fruit in her garden is Calamus which was used in the cane for making musical instruments such as a flute. They were known for their soothing sounds. The fifth fruit in Paul's list was the fruit of gentleness. The sixth fruit in her garden was the fruit of cinnamon which produced a cylinder shaped plant often used for a walking stick that allowed one to walk uprightly in a goodly fashion. The sixth fruit in Paul's list was the fruit of goodness. There are none good but Him and we can only be good as we walk uprightly in His righteousness. The seventh fruit in her garden was frankincense. It was produced by cutting into the bark of a tree. It was often used in the funeral services for embalming. The seventh fruit in Paul's list is faith. May we be assured of the gift of faith before we enter in to death’s door? The gift of faith was provided for us when He was cut asunder on that old rugged cross. The eight fruit in her garden was myrrh. It was known for being a lowly stumble plant which grew low to the ground. The eight fruit in Paul's list was the fruit of meekness. The ninth fruit in her garden is aloes which was used to embalm a dead body. The ninth fruit in Paul's list is the fruit of temperance which is greatly needed if we are to die to self.

Let us look lastly this week in 4:16 and the causes of Spirit flow. There is a North wind which speaks of adversity and this causes the fragrance of her garden to be let loose. I am reminded of Anna and Susan Warner. They had such a life of adversity, but oh what fruit. They lived across from West Point where they were used to meet the needs of so many cadets before going on active duty in the military. They're the only civilians to have a military funeral and to be buried in the West Point Cemetery. You may remember a little song they wrote what a fragrance it created. It was Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so.