Bro. Tom's Weekly Bible Study
  Week #6
Posted: September 15, 2010

Redeeming Love


Let us turn our attention again to the Song of Solomon. This book can be seen as Christ and his relationship to the church. I have chosen to look at it as Solomon the Redeemer and his relationship to the Shulamite girl as the redeemed. The theme we have chosen is redeeming love. Our prayer is for us to be able to say Lord, teach me to love you like you love me.

We began last week to look at wavering love. Let us continue by looking at the thought of helps that control wavering love. I want to draw our attention to three helps. One of these helps is our position at His table. In 1:12 we see the king our redeemer sitting at the table. It would only be natural for us to just kneel or at best to stand a far off from His table. In 2:3 we find her as the redeemed sitting down under His shadow. Oh what a place for you and I to sit today. David tells us to come into the secret place of the Most High is to dwell under the shadow of the Almighty. In 2:4b she tells us that the banner of the Redeemer over her read, love. The kings of that day when returning from battle would place their spoils under their flag. She is telling everyone she sits conquered by his love. In 2:4a we find in this position he takes her to the banqueting house, which is the house of wine or house of joy. It speaks of the believer being filled with the Holy Ghost. In verse 5 the text tells us they are drinking nothing but apple juice. She says, in 5b that she is sick of love. The word sick is light headed or one who is intoxicated. She is drunk on his love. In verse 6 he has her embrace of one who is dancing in joy unspeakable. Oh, when we turn our affections on our position with him at the table, it will control wavering love. Let us live out of our position and not the circumstances of our practice. When we live out of our practice, love for Him has a tendency to waver, when we live out of our position of being in Him our love is steadfast and unmovable.

Let us look at the second help to wavering love which is our perception from His table. In verse 1:15b he says of her that thou has doves eyes. If the average male was to say that to the average female it would not guarantee greater love by her for him. I find that a closer study of this thought may change our mind. Doves usually run in pairs and mate for life. This is certainly not true of most humans who have multiple partners and all of them will still be living. The dove also has singular vision. They can only look at one thing at a time. He is telling her I noticed that you have eyes only for me. One of the helps for wavering love is to have eyes only for the redeemer. Paul said, let your affections be set on things above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. The songwriter said, turn your eyes upon Jesus look full in his wonderful face and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.

I see in verse 2:1-2 a third help which is our profit through His table. He tells her that he is the lily of all of her valleys. In verse two he said I have caused my redeemed to be a lily among thorns. The thorns in the Bible are a picture of the curse. When he saved me I am still in this cursed world, but, I dwell as He, a lily in the midst of the sin cursed world. Let us find stability in these helps when our love for Him seems to waver.