Bro. Tom's Weekly Bible Study
  Week #14
Posted: January 6, 2011

Redeeming Love


Let us begin our conclusion of the study of the Song of Solomon. We have used as our theme the subject of redeeming love. Our aim and prayer has been Lord teach me how to love you like you love me. We will begin in these last studies to look in the Song of Solomon chapter 5 and the subject of working love. If one is saved Paul says the love of God has been shed abroad in their hearts by the Holy Ghost. This love must be expressed eternally towards God and earthly towards man if it is present. If the Lord has shed this love abroad in our hearts, that which has been worked in us will be worked out of us. Paul said, for it is God that worketh in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure. Let our love not be like the two couples I heard of. One couple said, we have been married for 40 years and never have had a fight, but we have had some discussions you could hear two blocks down the road. Another couple said, we have never had but one argument it started right after we said I do and continues even until now.

Let us look first of all in our study at the confrontation of working love. If God is ever to advance us in our love for him there will be multiple times of confrontations. One such confrontation I see in our text under the topic of rejected advancement. In verse 2a she is in the bed and says she sleepeth but her heart awakes. So the bridegroom has come and confronted her spiritually in her heart for fellowship, communion, and intimacy. He desires to have a time of fellowship with her. I am amazed in verse three of the excuses she gives for not spending time with Him. She said I have put off my coat how shall I put it on again. Her excuse is right comical. We would immediately say “daaaa” just put it on the same way you took it off. She says I have washed my feet what if I defile them. We would say just wash them over again. Although her excuses and rejection of his advancements are humorous how much more are our excuses? We make such lame excuses for not having our quiet time, getting alone with Him in prayer, and meeting together for collective worship with God's people. Oh how our excuses seem so strong to us, but I wonder if our Lord finds them somewhat comical and they won't hold up under the scrutiny of His all knowing eye.

In verses 4-5 I find another confrontation under the topic of renewed arousing. Her rejection of Him has caused Him to withdraw Himself. When she goes to the door she is aroused by the fragrance left by Him and on her door knob. Let us not be satisfied with where He has been but only with where He is and. Lester Rololf never would go to visit Israel. He told some friends I would rather be where He is than where He has been. Let us never be satisfied to just talk about what God has done in days gone by. May we not be satisfied until we have stories to tell of what He is doing right now.

Let us see a third confrontation under the topic of reviving announcements in verse six. He had withdrawn Himself and thus she begins to seek for Him. The text tells us in verse seven the watchmen took her and treated her with contempt. Let us be assured that when we have rejected His fellowship of intimacy and He withdraws Himself, He will not easily be found by us. How long will I have to search for Him? Simply until you find Him. Remember He can be found if we do as the Psalmist said in Psalms 119:2 ‘blessed are they that keep his testimonies and that seek Him with the whole heart’.