Bro. Tom's Weekly Bible Study
  Week #4
Posted: August 17, 2010

Redeeming Love


Let us continue this week our study of the Song of Solomon. Our theme is redeeming love. We have taken this theme from our old church song “There is a fountain”. The phrase the songwriter used that led to our theme was ‘redeeming love has been my theme and shall be till I die’. Our thrust or prayer for this study is Lord; teach me to love you like you love me.

We have been for several weeks looking at wonderful love. It is that courting or honeymoon love that causes us to think that we are the only ones on the planet. Let us look this week at the involvement in wonderful love. Christianity is not a membership in a church or an organization but it must be an ongoing intimate relationship with the living Savior. This involvement will produce in us a consecrating change. In verse 4a she says when he has drawn her to himself; her response will be to run after Him. The phrase means to press after another. It has the idea of panting after. It gives the idea of following closely in another's footsteps. The Psalmist says, ‘as the dear panted after the water brook so panted my heart after thee O, Lord’. This running after Him has produced in her a spirit of being glad and rejoicing. The phrase has the idea of gitty, silly, feelings that cause one to forget their circumstance and to be engrossed with the presence of another.

I noticed also that our involvement in wonderful love with Christ will produce in us a contrasting change. She makes a contrast of herself before she met the Shepherd lover and now. She says, before I met him I was black and comely like the tents of Kedar. The word comely has to do with the outward appearance. The word black depicts one burnt by the Sun. The Sun speaks of condemnation and judgment. She says now in contrast I am as the curtains of Solomon. The king was known for the elaborate colors bright and bold of his curtains. If we have an ongoing intimate relationship with Christ there will certainly be a contrast in what we were and what we are now.

Let us see in verses 5, 6, and 10 a complete change. We are told in verse 5 and 6 that she is black, burnt by the Sun, because she is a slave in her family. She does all the menial work of the family. Before I met the Lord I was a slave to Satan and did all his dirty work. In verse 10 we see her robed and decked out in the jewelry of a queen. My, what a complete change Christ has worked in me. What a before and after picture this would make. From a slave to a queen what a complete change this pictures for us. We can all sing to His glory, what a wonderful change in my life has been wrought, since Jesus came into my heart. Has there been a radical change in your life? Are you actively involved in an ongoing intimate relationship with Christ? Lord, teach me to love you like you love me. May I say with my whole heart, ‘o come let me adore Him, o come let me adore Him, o come let me adore Him Christ, the Lord’.