Questions for Reflection – Study of Song of Songs 1- 4

When the focus is on God, there is a clear advantage. Look at history and see how important it is to follow His plan, attend to detail, and put things in order. No person in history focused more clearly on the principles of the Bible than Jesus who came to help us internalize these principles by praying, listening, realigning our heart, and always expecting to be blessed. Let us read, experience, and learn together.

The journey through the book of 2 Chronicles has come to an end. I’ve studied and posted some thoughts over the past few months about some good kings of Israel and some bad. From King Solomon to Jehoshaphat to Hezekiah to our King of Kings, Christ; there is a big difference in good and bad leadership.

My next part of the journey will take me to Song of Songs or Song of Solomon. Some commentators believe that the Song of Solomon is best interpreted as a human love poem; others believe it is an allegory of the church’s love for Christ. Either way, it reveals principles of love that we can apply at both levels: interpersonal relations and our relationship with God.

Over the next couple of few weeks, I will be posting about the journey and will use the questions below to help focus on each passage.

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Song of Songs 1-2
How do the women of Solomon’s harem describe the king’s love? Compare and contrast the harem’s desire for Solomon, Solomon’s desire for the Shulammite girl, and the girl’s desire for her beloved. What things are most likely to woo you from devotion to Christ?

Song of Songs 2-3
How would you describe the Lover of the Church? Have you ever actively sought God in a time of “spiritual dryness” (Psalm 42) and known the joy of restored fellowship?

Song of Songs 3:6-4:7
Read Matthew 4:8-10. What did the Lord Jesus Christ refuse because of his love for the Father and the church? Of course we all worship but do you worship Jesus Christ? How often and how passionately?

Song of Songs 4
Why is a desire for total self-giving appropriate in serious romantic love or in the marriage bond? Reflect on Christ’s feelings of love for the church. Do they inspire you to devotion and genuine self-surrender?

The above reading plan will be used as I share over the next few posts. It’s important to have a plan. I’m thankful that Jesus is God’s plan for us and by accepting Him as Savior; we have taken the steps necessary to make this day with Him amazing! At this link: God’s Plan for Us, is a post about accepting God’s plan or reaffirming our “YES” for Christ.
 
Feel free to respond with a short note or a comment about any of the questions above. Also, I welcome any other thoughts or ideas, favorite inspirational videos, photos, or favorite Bible verses. Just add them to the comments or to a Facebook page I’ve set up at this link: This Day With God.

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Resources and Supplementary Helps Used in Posts
Adeney, Carol. This Morning with God. Downer Grove Illinois: InterVarsity Press, 1978
First United Methodist Waco Podcast
Christ Notes
Family Times

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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6 Responses to Questions for Reflection – Study of Song of Songs 1- 4

  1. Ben Nelson says:

    I will be interested in seeing you unfold this. I love this song, and enjoy seeing what others have to say about it. As you say, there are various approaches, and many are very valuable to the Christian walk.

    Thank you for the link back, and i look forward to your work on this Song of all Songs.

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