A Beloved’s Delight

A Beloved’s Delight

Guest Speaker - 21 April 2018

A Beloved's Delight

Scripture References: Song of Solomon 1:1-7

From Series: "All English Service"

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A Beloved’s Delight

What does it mean to be God’s beloved? How are we to respond to His love? Through a bride’s reflection on her wedding day (Song of Solomon 1:1-7), this sermon looks at what it means to pursue a love relationship with God.

Verses to read:
<Song of Solomon 1: 1-7>


 Introduction:
What is “The Song of Songs” really about?

  • A romantic love poem?
  • A wisdom book on human love?
  • Question: Why is the book in Holy Scriptures?

It is…

  • A romantic love poen
  • A wisdom book on human love
  • A sacred love poem
  • An allegory of divine love

Can this be true?

  • The Jewish mindset (1 Corinthians 1:22)
  • Examples from the New Testament
    – E.g. 2 Mountains (Galatians 4:22-26)
    – E.g Who is the Rock? (1 Corinthians 10:1-4)
  • Examples of the Old Testament
    – E.g. Israel as Bride (Jeremiah 2:1-3)
  • Husband-Wife = Christ-Church (Ephesians 5:22-27)

 The Layers of Meaning in Song of Songs

  1. Love between Solomon and Shulammite (Historical)
  2. Love between man and woman (Practical)
  3. Love between Yahweh and Israel (Spiritual – OT)
  4. Love between Christ and the Church (Spiritual – OT)
  5. Love between God and the individual believer (Spiritual – Personal)

The Superscript

1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s


Context of Songs of Songs 1:1-7

A Bride’s Reflection on the Wedding Day

1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s:

2 May he kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine.

3 Your oils have a pleasing fragrance, Your name is like purified oil; Therefore the maidens love you.

4 Draw me after you and let us run together! The king has brought me into his chambers.

We will rejoice in you and be glad. We will extol your love more than wine. Rightly do they love you.

5 I am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon.

6 Do not stare at me because I am swarthy, For the sun has burned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.

7 Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, Where do you pasture your flock, Where do you make it lie down at noon? For why should I be like one who veils herself Beside the flocks of your companions?


Solomon’s Beloved: A Girl from the Rural Countryside

6 Do not stare at me because I am swarthy, For the sun has burned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.


Solomon’s Beloved: A Woman of Dark Complexion

5 I am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon.


Solomon’s Beloved: Exploited by Her Family

6 Do not stare at me because I am swarthy, For the sun has burned me.

My mother’s sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, But I have not taken care of my own vineyard.


Solomon’s Beloved

  1. From an insignificant rural village
  2. “Ugly” due to her dark complexion
  3. Trapped in exploitation by her own family.

God’s Beloved

  1. Fewest of all peoples, weak nation (Deuteronomy 7:7,8)
  2. Ugly character: “heel catcher”, deceiver, schemer
  3. Oppressed, enslaved in Egypt, exploited under Pharaoh to do harsh labour (Exod. 5:7-9)

Christ’s Beloved

  1. Weak and frail human beings (Ps. 103:14)
  2. Sinful and Morally Ugly. Dead in transgressions and sins (Ephesians 2:1), enemies of God (5:10)
  3. Enslaved to sin (Romans 6:19-20), originally under the power of the devil (1 John 5:19)

Christ’s love: A Love that Knows no Distance

How should we respond to such a love? 

  1. Delighting in intimacy
  2. Full of Praise
  3. Longing to be together

Is this your response to God?

Pursue a love relationship with God as His beloved, His bride.


Reflections:

  1. Spend some time reflecting on the beloved’s response in Song of Songs 1:1-7. Which phrase in verses1- 7(e.g draw me after you) is most meaningful to you, and a phrase that you can address to God? Why?
  2. As a Beloved of God, how is your love relationship with God? Are you close to Him? Is there anything in your life keeping you from delighting in Him?
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