Song of Solomon 2:8-3:5 - Outline

Jim Watt jmbetter at
Tue Apr 30 11:56:42 PDT 2013


*Jim & Marie Watt*

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April 30, 2013


 *1. 2:9 (2:8-9, ESV) SHULAMITE: TELLS OF HIS COMING. “My beloved is like a
gazelle or a young stag. Behold, there he stands behind our wall, gazing
through the windows, looking through the lattice.” *Father, there are *no
walls* in Your Kingdom! We Your Son’s bride may build walls, but Your
servants tear down walls, leap over walls, dig through walls, and climb
over walls. We join this enterprising band. *Hallowed be your :name!*

 *2. 2:10-12 (2:10-13) SHULAMITE: REPEATS HIS WORDS TO HER. **My beloved
speaks and says to me: “Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away, **11
**for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. **12 **The
flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of
the turtledove is heard in the land.” *O the blessedness of Spring! O the
Glory of the last day, the day of Resurrection! We die daily, that the
Resurrection Life You provided in Messiah, Father, might be our portion! *Your
:kingdom com**e!*

 *3. 2:14-15. SOLOMON: TELLS OF HIS ARDENT LOVE FOR HER. **“O 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. **15
**Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that spoil the vineyards, for
our vineyards are in blossom.” *Father, You provide joy from the new wine
of the Kingdom, to make glad the heart of man. *Your :will be done, As in
heaven, so on earth.*

 *4. 2:16 (2:16-17) SHULAMITE: INVITES HIS LOVE. **“My beloved is mine, and
I am his; he gra**z**es among the lilies.” *Hers is still a selfish love.
Here the emphasis is like a child: she sees Him as primarily *hers*. This
will change. O forgive us Father, for seeing things from our perspective,
not Yours! As we follow on to know You better, this will change. *Our
:daily :bread, Give us this day.*

 *5. 3:1 (3:1-3) SHULAMITE: COMMUNION BROKEN. **“**On my bed by night I
sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not.” *We cannot
contain Your Son Father, but He can contain us! If we selfishly try and
contain Him, He flees away. Thank You for being so patient with us till we
learn! *And forgive us our :debts, As we also have forgiven our :debtors.*

 *6. 3:4. SHULAMITE: COMMUNION RESTORED. **“Scarcely 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.” *When desire is wakened for Your Son, Father, nothing can
hold us back till we find Him. When we seek Him with *all* our heart we
find Him! *And bring us not into temptation.*

 *7. 3:5. SOLOMON: CHARGES REST FOR HIS BRIDE. **“I 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.” *O Father, the care and concern of our
Lord Jesus for us, even in our immature state - perhaps *especially* in our
immature state! *But deliver us from the evil **one.*

 *NOTE**: 7:13; 8:8. SHULAMITE: WORDS OF MATURITY. **“The mandrakes give
forth fragrance, and beside our doors are all choice fruits, new as well as
old, which I have laid up for you, O my beloved. 8:8 We have a little
sister, and she has no breasts. What shall we do for our sister on the day
when she is spoken for?” *Fruitfulness is at our doors! Care and concern is
for *all* saints of other persuasions, no matter what their state of
maturity! Can we share this concern with our Lord?

 *Quote from C.H. Spurgeon: “You Must Be Willing” - *“You and I cannot be
useful if we want to be sweet as honey in the mouths of men. God will never
bless us if we wish to please men, that they may think well of us. Are you
willing to tell them what will break your own heart in the telling and
break theirs in the hearing? If not, your are not fit to serve the Lord.
You must be willing to go and speak for God, though you will be rejected.”

 *Our Psalm for the Day: 121:7-8 (121) MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD. “The
LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. 8 The LORD will
keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and
forevermore.” *O the protection You provide us, Father! You send Your
angels to keep us. You are a hedge round about us. Even in our sleep we are
safe. No wonder we *Hallow your :name!*

 *Title: *It is a soldier’s song as well as a traveler’s hymn. There is an
ascent in the Psalm itself, which rises to the greatest elevation of
restful confidence.

 121:1. *I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence comes my help. *The
holy man who here sings a choice sonnet looked away from the slanderers by
whom he was tormented to the Lord, Who saw all from His high places and was
ready to pour down succor for His injured servant.

 121:2. *My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. *He will
sooner destroy heaven and earth than permit His people to be destroyed, and
the perpetual hills themselves shall bow rather than He shall fail Whose
ways are everlasting. We are bound to look beyond heaven and earth to Him
Who made them both: it is vain to trust the creatures: it is wise to trust
the Creator.

 121:3. *He will not suffer your foot to be moved. *Among the hills and
ravines of Palestine, the literal keeping of the feet is a great mercy; but
in the slippery ways of a tried and afflicted life, the boon of upholding
is of priceless value, for a single false step might cause us a fall filled
with awful danger.

 *He that keeps you will not slumber. *God is the convoy and bodyguard of
His saints. When dangers are awake around us, we are safe, for our
Preserver is awake also and will not permit us to be taken unawares. No
fatigue or exhaustion can cast our God into sleep; His watchful eyes are
never closed .

 121:5. *The Lord is your Keeper. *What a mint of meaning lies here; the
sentence is a mass of bullion, and when coined and stamped with the King’s
Name it will bear all our expenses between our birthplace on earth and our
rest in heaven. Here is a glorious person - Jehovah, assuming a gracious
office and fulfilling it in person - Jehovah is your Keeper, in behalf of a
favored individual - yours, and a firm assurance of revelation that it is
even so at this hour - Jehovah is your Keeper. Can we appropriate the
divine declaration? If so, we may journey onward to Jerusalem and know no
fear; yes, we may journey through the valley of the shadow of death and
fear no evil.

 121:8. *The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from
this time forth, and even forevermore. *Three times have we the phrase,
“Jehovah shall keep,” as if the sacred Trinity thus sealed the Word to make
it sure: ought not all our fears to be slain by such a threefold flight of
arrows? What anxiety can survive this triple promise? None are so safe as
those whom God keeps; none so much in danger as the self-secure. *(From
“The Treasury of David” by C.H. Spurgeon, abridged by D.O. Fuller)*


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