We continue on in our study of the Song of Solomon. Staring at the beginning of Chapter 2. Notes are below the audio.
2As a lily among brambles, so is my love among the young women.
- He calls her delightful among the punishing. enjoyable among the difficult. He says to her - my delight is in you!
- The Lord loves all those he created - but there is a special love he has for those who have opened to him - Look at the difference here between the soft open lily and the hardened and difficult thorns and brambles - Jesus said it was the poor in spirit who would inherit the kingdom - the meek who inherit the earth - Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
- also note the productivity of the flower which is the part of the flower that is fertilized - that brings fruit in the fruit trees - her openness and vulnerability is beautiful and a pleasing fragrance before the Lord.
- Look at what his simple statement of affection does to open her heart!!!! - 1 John 4:19 - we love him because he first loved us!
3As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
so is my beloved among the young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow,
and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
- Apples were an aphrodesiac. The fragrance represented virility and health. He is fruitful. He is beneficial
- Being with him is a place of comfort, shelter, protection, peace, and pleasure
and his banner over me was love.
- In the Hebrew it literally means “house of wine”
- An upper room where all his treasure is kept Clarke
- Esther took he king to the house of wine
- His banner over me is love
- His eternal declaration over us is his love for us.
- We wear on our heads a declaration of love
5Sustain me with raisins;
refresh me with apples,
for I am sick with love.
- Raisins and apples were given for stamina in love making
- This is the call of the bride to love him more - to be able to
- She is asking for the grace to stand under his outpouring of love for her
6His left hand is under my head,
and his right hand embraces me!
- Uh... I think you know what is happening here.
- Intimacy -
- A comment to the young virgin about loving inappropriately
- This love demands everything don't ask for it until you are ready to become consumed by its fire
The Bride Adores Her Beloved
8The voice of my beloved!
Behold, he comes,
leaping over the mountains,
bounding over the hills.
- Jesus overcoming every obstacle to our hearts
- He has defeated all of our enemies to come for us and make us his own
- All the distance between us and God has been removed by the love of Jesus
9My beloved is like a gazelle
or a young stag.
- Never slipping or tiring
- Powerful, wildly alive
Behold, there he stands
behind our wall,
gazing through the windows,
looking through the lattice.
- Do you feel Jesus doing this for your heart?
- Gazing longingly past all our defenses, past all our apathy, past all our fear, shame, and guilt past all we put in his way
- His eyes like fire - burning for us
behind our wall, - He is waiting for her. He desires her. He comes when she does not expect him . He is calling her out. He is standing there waiting for her. He is prepared for action and He wants a partner
gazing through the windows, - Every point of entry to her life He will use to influence her to come out. He is revealing Himself to her as much as He can to entice her out. He wants her with Him but she won’t come.
looking through the lattice. – He is looking through the bars of our self created prison. He is the one that put us here but we have the choice to come out or not.
10My beloved speaks and says to me:
“Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away,
- Leave your place of comfort and jump over the mountains with me
- Come with me to walk on the water and do the impossible
11for behold, the winter is past;
the rain is over and gone.
and the voice of the turtledove
is heard in our land.
- I have removed the barriers
- I have shifted the season
- It is time for us
13The fig tree ripens its figs,
and the vines are in blossom;
they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
and come away.
14O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
in the crannies of the cliff,
let me see your face,
let me hear your voice,
for your voice is sweet,
and your face is lovely.
- Listen to this! Your voice is sweet! Your face is lovely!
- He desires us, his heart burns for his people, his bride, you
- Remove all the small things that hinder the perfect flowering of love
- Catch them now so that when the fruit does come it will not be stolen away
turn, my beloved, be like a gazelle
or a young stag on cleft mountains.g
- She says no
- After all that she denies him and tells him to go back
1On my bed by night
I sought him whom my soul loves;
I sought him, but found him not.
- Typical woman she refuses him and now she is looking for him
- So often the Lord calls us out of our complacency and we say no but then we wonder where he went. He wanted intimacy we told him no.
2I will rise now and go about the city,
in the streets and in the squares;
I will seek him whom my soul loves.
I sought him, but found him not.
- Now she will get up. Now she gets out of bed
- Sometimes when the Lord seems distant it is all about stirring us to the place of hunger and seeking
3The watchmen found me
as they went about in the city.
“Have you seen him whom my soul loves?”
- She asks the watchmen - this is a picture of the church, ministers etc
4Scarcely had I passed them
when I found him whom my soul loves.
I held him, and would not let him go
until I had brought him into my mother’s house,
and into the chamber of her who conceived me.
- Now she finds him and now she wants him.
- The Lord knows how to lead our hearts into desire for him
5I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
by the gazelles or the does of the field,
that you not stir up or awaken love
until it pleases.