Beloved Day 10 Satisfaction Of The Beloved: Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper Days

Finding the original intent of Scripture and making good application to our everyday lives as we become equipped to correctly handle the Word of Truth!

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The Questions

1) Several of these verses seem to reference a deep anticipation or longing for each other, why is this even in the Bible?

2) Does this passage have anything to do with our relationship to God?

3) This passage is full of symbolism, what does it all mean?

Song of Solomon 2:8-17

Listen! My love is approaching. Look! Here he comes, leaping over the mountains, bounding over the hills. 9 My love is like a gazelle or a young stag. See he is standing behind our wall, gazing through the windows, peering through the lattice. 10 My love calls to me:

Man
Arise, my darling. Come away, my beautiful one. 11 For now the winter is past; the rain has ended and gone away. 12 The blossoms appear in the countryside; The time for singing has come and the turtledove’s cooing is heard in our land. 13 The fig tree ripens its figs; the blossoming vines give off their fragrance. Arise, my darling. Come away my beautiful one. 14 My dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the crevices of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice is sweet and your face lovely.

Woman
15 Catch the foxes for us-the little foxes that ruin the vineyards-for our vineyards are in bloom. 16 My Love is mine and I am his, he feeds among the lilies. 17 Until the day breaks and the shadows flee, turn around my love, and be like a gazelle or a young stag on the divided mountains.

Original Intent

1) Several of these verses seem to reference a deep anticipation or longing for each other, why is this even in the Bible?
There are a couple of answers to this question. The primary being 2 Timothy 3:16 saying, ALL scripture is inspired by God and is profitable”. God inspired Solomon with His Holy Spirit to write these words, and later be included in what we know as the Bible. Secondly, in the time of this writing, women were considered as property or slaves, not wives to be loved and cherished. Keeping these thoughts in mind, we begin to understand why Song of Solomon has a place in the Bible. The ultimate purpose of Scripture has not changed, it is meant to guide and lead us through life, pointing us toward the God who loves us and came to save us from ourselves. When the original audience read how these two lovers long to be together, how enthralled they are with each other, and how nothing could keep them apart, they would have a natural understanding. The first hearers could relate to these feelings. God allowed love and desire to be part of our human experience when He created us. Genesis 1:27 tells us “male and female He created them”. Both sexes were intentionally created and meant to complement each other. However, for many reading these words at that time, this was a new way of thinking about the marriage relationship and how God designed it to be lived out. A new perspective required a different way of thinking for both men and women. In their culture, men were to view wives as more than property and women were challenged to see husbands as more than means to financial stability; each spouse was urged to truly love and cherish one another.

2) Does this passage have anything to do with our relationship to God?
This is a hard question! Research reveals there are scholars answering on both sides. Some believe yes, while others not so much. However, I feel like we can gain at least some understanding of our spiritual lives with Christ when we read Song of Solomon through the lens that God deeply loves His people and gave His life to rescue them. This is the theme of the entire Bible, so it would not be out of line to make applications from this book that are consistent with other Scripture. The people in Bible times were not that different from us today. They dealt with all kinds of distractions that constantly competed for their attention and focus. The people of Israel had a problem, one that followed them pretty much throughout history. They consistently turned away from the One True God and worshipped false gods or man-made idols. Staying true, faithful, and passionate about God is impossible for sinful humans. As God constantly pursues and draws wandering hearts back to Him, we are given the choice to come close to Him or reject His love.

3) This passage is full of symbolism, what does it all mean?
For the original readers of this passage, they would have understood the symbolism of gazelles and young stags to represent strength, beauty, and endurance. They worked the land and would know what these creatures looked like and how they behaved. At the time of writing, a city was protected by its outer walls and windows were less common than they are now. In our culture, we can simply gaze through a window by walking past it, but in ancient culture, looking in a window likely required climbing or searching for a crack to peek through. This speaks of the groom’s desire for his bride. The freshness of springtime as winter and rain vanish and everything begins blooming again speaks of young love as it blooms in its own season and time with freshness. Whether or not the original audience understood how this symbolism related to God is difficult to know, but we can know these words were indeed inspired by the God who loves us and whose desire is to lovingly protect the sacredness of marriage.

Everyday Application

1) Several of these verses seem to reference a deep anticipation or longing for each other, why is this even in the Bible?
“All Scripture is inspired by God.” All Scripture should be viewed as important and our primary source God will use to teach and grow us. Marriage, love, and even sex are normal everyday experiences that most people can understand and relate to on some level. For those of us who are married, deep anticipation and longing for our spouses is something that sadly can fade over time. It takes time, focus, and energy to rekindle and keep that fire burning in our marital relationships. My husband is reading Cherish by Gary Thomas. Knowing I have been struggling with this passage, he had me read a section he thought might help, which it did! In his writing, Gary explains the difference between loving our spouses and cherishing them and contrasts 1 Corinthians 13 with Song of Solomon to explain the principle. Cherishing our spouse is deeper and more passionate than love. Yes, steadfast love is absolutely necessary, but who doesn’t want that anticipation of young love to be played out throughout our entire marriage. That heart skipping, nervous energy, breathtaking, undeniable feeling of attraction and joy simply knowing your love is on their way?! God created us man and woman, different on purpose. Furthermore, God desires us to become “one with each other.” (Genesis 2:24) For many of us, we will be married much longer than we were single, why not invest the same or more time, energy, and focus into our marriages as we do other parts of our lives? Let’s not be simply satisfied with being comfortable with each other, but being madly in love with each other!

2) Does this passage have anything to do with our relationship to God?
While scholars may not agree on this question, this everyday analogy of deep passionate love can be helpful for us in understanding the depth of God’s love for us. Our relationship with God must be our first priority. When we love God with all of our being, it will only aid us in deeply loving our spouses. I’d like to challenge you to reread this Scripture, but this time thinking about God’s love for us and ours of him. Let me give you an example. Verse 8 says, “Listen! My love is approaching, Look! Here he comes, leaping over mountains, bounding over hills.” Now, envision this is God approaching you. God is the One leaping over and moving mountains to get to you. He is excited to reach you and will stop at nothing to get to you, His love. This is exactly how deeply God loves you and me! I don’t know how that makes you feel, but for me, I simply don’t have words to describe the overwhelming amazement I feel deep inside. Go ahead, grab your journal and just take a few minutes to read this passage through the lens of God’s deep love for you and write out what He tells you.

3) This passage is full of symbolism, what does it all mean?
As we’ve discussed already, we should first read this passage as it applies to two young lovers excitedly anticipating their intimate union as a married couple. The application for us today is to be reminded that God designed love, marriage, and sex with beauty and delight in mind. He meant for us to love, cherish, and long to be with our spouses in a way we can be with no one else. Additionally, we can make good application to our relationship with God. He, and His love, is as strong and enduring as is represented by the gazelles and stags. There is nothing as beautiful as the purity with which God loves us. Seasons come and go, just like winter and springtime in our walk with the Lord. Some of those are good, some not, some exciting and fresh, while other seasons are dull and mundane. In each season, we must remember God is always pursuing, always waiting, and always for us. “My love is mine and I am his.” (verse 16) Nothing can ever change this truth about God’s love for us!

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Digging Deeper is for Everyone!

1) Take this passage (or any other passage).
2) Read it, and the verses around it,
several times
3) Write down your questions
as you think of them.
4) Ask specific culture related questions and be ready to dig around for your answers. Google them, use www.studylight.org, or look them up in a study Bible and read the footnotes (click on the little letters next to a word and it will show you
other related verses!). (www.esvbible.org)
5) Check your applications with other trusted Christians that you are in community with and embrace the fullness of God
in your everyday!

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Why Dig Deeper?

Finding the original meaning is a huge deal when we study Scripture and can make all the difference in our understanding as we apply God’s truths to our everyday lives.

In our modern-day relationships, we want people to understand our original intention as we communicate; how much more so between God and humanity?!

Here’s a little bit more on why we take Digging Deeper so seriously.

Study Tools

We love getting help while we study and www.studylight.org is one of many excellent resources, providing the original Hebrew (Old Testament) or Greek (New Testament) with an English translation.

Want to know more about a specific word in a verse? Click on “Strong’s Interlinear Bible” then click the word you’d like to study. Discover “origin”, “definition” and hear the original pronunciation – That Is Awesome!

Want more background? Click “Study Tools”, then pick a few commentaries to read their scholarly approach, keeping in mind that just because a commentary says it, doesn’t mean it’s true. (just like the internet :-))

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