Bro. Tom's Weekly Bible Study
  Week #3
Posted: July 30, 2010

Redeeming Love


Let us continue our study of the Song of Solomon with the theme from the song “There is a fountain filled with blood”. William Cowper said, redeeming love has been my theme and shall be till I die. Our prayer is Lord; teach us to love you like you love us.

We have for the last couple of weeks been looking at wonderful love. This week let us look at the intimacy of wonderful love. If courting love is to be maintained with our Lord, there must be an intimate relationship commenced and continued.

I draw our attention to the title of intimacy in 1:14 and 16. The title that stands out is the Shepherd’s calling of her my beloved. The word literally means much loved love one. The projection of intimacy is that the title beloved is the one used as a pet name by God the Father for God the Son. The Father said at the baptism and transfiguration, this is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased. Paul tells us in the book of Ephesians and Romans that we have been made acceptable and called the beloved. If we are in Christ we experienced the same love that the Father had for the Son. Lord, teach me to love you like you love me.

In the 1:4 I find the ties of intimacy. The phrase draw me is a powerful statement for the lost as well as the saved. The word draw creates two word pictures in the original language. One of them is the bringing together of two warring parties and making them one. The second means to tie up with cords of love and drive, drag, and push into a situation. Hosea said, God drew me with cords of love. When God saved us He tied us up with cords of His eternal love and dragged us into the family of God. Salvation is not initiated by a fleshly act of our will, but by God who began loving us before time began. She said that he drew her into his chambers. The word means honeymoon suite. It is a place of intimacy that God has saved us for.

In 1:2 I find the treasure of intimacy when she speaks of the Shepherd kissing her on the lips. She said, his kisses were better than wine. Wine in the Bible speaks of joy unspeakable and full of glory. The word worship is used 108 times in the Bible. It is the word proskuneo in the original. The prefix pros means to get down low. If we are to be intimate with Him we must get down low. The ending of the word means to blow or throw kisses to another. When teaching our grandchildren to throw kisses, there must be a lot of action with the hand and noise from the mouth to make a good thrown kiss. Why don't you throw our Lord a few kisses right now? The songwriter said in worship, I would rather have Jesus that all the silver and gold, men’s applause, or to be held in sins great sway. Lord, teach me that I must ever maintain an ongoing state of intimacy with you.