Beloved Day 5 Beloved’s Pursuit: 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) What are these verses referring to?

2) What did the author want his audience to know from this portion of the love song?

3) Verse 5 seems not to align with the first 4 verses. Why is it included?

Song of Solomon 3:1-5

In my bed at night
I sought the one I love;
I sought him, but did not find him.
2 I will arise now and go about the city,
through the streets and the plazas.
I will seek the one I love.
I sought him, but did not find him.
3 The guards who go about the city found me.
I asked them, “Have you seen the one I love?”
4 I had just passed them
when I found the one I love.
I held on to him and would not let him go
until I brought him to my mother’s house—
to the chamber of the one who conceived me.
5 Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you
by the gazelles and the wild does of the field,
do not stir up or awaken love
until the appropriate time.

Original Intent

1) What are these verses referring to?
Many commentaries agree the woman in these verses is describing a dream she experienced. In the dream, her love disappears, and she relentlessly searches for him. The search is not passive, but instead active where she seems to be willing to stop at nothing to ensure her love ends up back with her where he belongs. Upon finding him she does not let him go. (verse 4) He has returned to his rightful place with her, and she desires to ensure he remains with her.

2) What did the author want his audience to know from this portion of the love song?
The woman in these verses is clearly concerned about her love. She does not sit around in her worry and wait for him to return. Instead, she puts action to her worry and goes out seeking him. She demonstrates pursuit for what she lovingly longs for and she is unwilling to be distracted from that pursuit or return home empty handed. While she could have been tired, given excuses, or allowed distractions to pull her from her pursuit she remained faithful. She is determined to pursue her love and will stop at nothing in both finding him, and holding on to him.

3) Verse 5 seems not to align with the first 4 verses. Why is it included?
This verse seems almost like a separate thought completely disjointed from the first 4 verses. While this verse is used as a transition to the next sections, it still holds meaning. “Young women of Jerusalem, I charge you by the gazelles and the wild does of the field,
do not stir up or awaken love until the appropriate time”
is a warning the author repeats several times throughout the book. (Song of Solomon 2:7, 5:8, and 8:4) Clearly, this warning was important to the author, Solomon, and should be taken seriously by his audience. Solomon’s counsel is a reminder that love, while important and a gift from God, is not to be pursued lightly. It is also a reminder to not go seeking love, especially physical satisfaction, in the wrong places.

Everyday Application

1) What are these verses referring to?
If you have kids, you know what it’s like when you send them looking for something. They often look with their eyes half closed, unable to locate what they went after in the first place. (don’t tell me this is your spouse too!) Truthfully, we are all guilty of this kind of searching when we honestly don’t care much about the outcome. However, the woman in these verses shows us the complete opposite of this type of search. Instead, she is relentless in her pursuit and will stop at nothing to discover what is lost. In this case, the “lost” is her husband. When we feel alone or weary of life, consider how encouraging it is to have someone pursue you relentlessly for the purpose of making you feel loved and valued. Suppose married women were to intentionally consider how to relentlessly pursue their husbands. What a difference this would make in the emotional barometer of your marriage! When there is someone of great worth we should seek after them in the same manner the woman in Song of Solomon sought after her love. Single women, let’s invest in our friendships in the same way, determining to show value and worth to the ones we love!

2) What did the author want his audience to know from this portion of the love song?
“Disappointments must not drive us away from gracious pursuits” (Matthew Henry). This statement fits well with these verses. I am sure there were moments along her pursuit, even though it was a dream that mirrored real life, where she felt disappointed and maybe even exhausted, but she didn’t give up. This lesson is one many of us could learn from. How many times in our marriages do we allow life around us to distract us from our original pursuit? We compromise where we have no business compromising against our spouse, feeling it is benign and innocent, but our marriages eventually pay the price. The pursuit that once came naturally in our relationship at the beginning gradually disappears over time if we don’t show determined persistence like the woman in the song. Let’s learn from this woman’s example and pursue after our husband always, wanting to never let him go. However, this is not the only place we need to continue pursuit. As I dwell on the idea of pursuit over those we love I am reminded of the way God pursues each of us and how we should pursue our relationship with Him. We cannot become complacent, or there will be no growth and no fruit overflowing in our lives. God never stops pursuing us and sisters, I encourage you to continue in your pursuit of Him!

3) Verse 5 seems not to align with the first 4 verses. Why is it included?
The caution to not “stir up or awaken love until the appropriate time” is a good reminder for all of us. When times are tough in our marriage relationships, or when we don’t meet our future spouse soon enough (in our minds), we may be tempted to go seeking after physical love and pleasure, or even emotional attention, in different places. However, this is not what God intends for us. The plan is for us to stay true to our spouse (or future spouse) and not rush love. When difficult seasons arise in marriage we need to continue to pursue the love we have, and actively stir it up, instead of turning astray. Even if we never marry, or we are married, but our spouse doesn’t emotionally pour into us as we would want, the main source of our love should always be anchored in our relationship with God, who will always love and satisfy 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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