Questions for Reflection – Study of Song of Songs 5-8

Recently, I shared some thoughts as I studied in Song of Songs 1-4. Some read the Song of Songs as a love poem; others believe it is written symbolically to express the affections between Christ and the church. Whichever way you read it, there are lessons we can learn about spiritual communion that help us desire the things of God so they become our treasure.

There are many things that can entice us from devotion to Christ. Many shows on TV want our attention. Every commercial we see is trying to entice us to pay money for their product or service. To keep us focused, the desire for spiritual communion with the Lord is essential and this can be done with a daily devotional and quiet time.

Being devoted to the teachings of Christ builds passion for life. We are driven toward God’s plan for our life and we trust our future in His hands. We also desire to make Christ known to others so they can have this same passion for life.

Reading in Song of Songs 2-3, lovely spring imagery in many ways describes the return of Christ. We wait with patience but right now we can pause along the journey to celebrate progress by taking in a sunrise, a sunset, or listening to a song. These are the things that reward our life but we know a future in Heaven will be much more rewarding.  God has a tremendous future for us with peace and joy.

Because of this great future, let us be inspired to do great things right now. Let us be inspired by the passion of Christ who always prayed and listened for instructions. Opportunities to do great things are right in front of us so let’s give God our best. If we express hope and show enthusiasm, others will be more open to the Gospel. The effect is more decision for Christ and a reinvigorated church.

If something is being started, it may be rough at first. For that reason, let us be inspired by the example of Christ as He demonstrated devotion and self-surrender in establishment of Christianity. He fulfilled His purpose on earth with passion and boldness and we can too. Life may not always be trouble free but there is peace in that Jesus is the key.
 
Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting about the rest of my journey through Song of Songs and will use the questions below to help focus on each passage.

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Song of Songs 5:1-8
What joyful event is the girl dreaming about? What delays her from responding to her beloved’s knocking? How can we be prepared and ready for God’s call in our life?

Song of Songs 5:9-16
What is the first question the women ask the girl? Why is friendship a crucial part of a permanent love commitment (v. 16)? In what ways is Christ your best friend?

Song of Songs 6:1-13 and 7:1-9
What images does Solomon use to describe the Shulammite girl? How does he flatter the girl in verses 8-10? Would Satan describe you as “terrible as an army with banners”?

Song of Songs 7:10-13 and 8:1-14
What good things can you offer the Lord Jesus? Study the girl’s character. Are these qualities strongly evidenced in your own relations with people? What should characterize a long-lasting relationship?

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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5 Responses to Questions for Reflection – Study of Song of Songs 5-8

  1. branchl77 says:

    I love this book. Started a study a few years back. Only got as far as chapter 5. Thanks for the reminder to finish

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