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August 21: A Language of Love (Song of Songs 5:10-16; 6:4-10)

Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.

Adult Education

This Sunday Josh Herring will continue a series called Christians Creating Culture: An Examination of Gospel Identity, True Community, and Cultural Flourishing at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).

Song of Songs 5:10-16

She
10] My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
distinguished among ten thousand.
[11] His head is the finest gold;
his locks are wavy,
black as a raven.
[12] His eyes are like doves
beside streams of water,
bathed in milk,
sitting beside a full pool.
[13] His cheeks are like beds of spices,
mounds of sweet-smelling herbs.
His lips are lilies,
dripping liquid myrrh.
[14] His arms are rods of gold,
set with jewels.
His body is polished ivory,
bedecked with sapphires.
[15] His legs are alabaster columns,
set on bases of gold.
His appearance is like Lebanon,
choice as the cedars.
[16] His mouth is most sweet,
and he is altogether desirable.
This is my beloved and this is my friend,
O daughters of Jerusalem.

Song of Songs 6:4-10

He

[4] You are beautiful as Tirzah, my love,
lovely as Jerusalem,
awesome as an army with banners.
[5] Turn away your eyes from me,
for they overwhelm me—
Your hair is like a flock of goats
leaping down the slopes of Gilead.
[6] Your teeth are like a flock of ewes
that have come up from the washing;
all of them bear twins;
not one among them has lost its young.
[7] Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate
behind your veil.
[8] There are sixty queens and eighty concubines,
and virgins without number.
[9] My dove, my perfect one, is the only one,
the only one of her mother,
pure to her who bore her.
The young women saw her and called her blessed;
the queens and concubines also, and they praised her.

[10] “Who is this who looks down like the dawn,
beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun,
awesome as an army with banners?”

Sermon Summary

The Song of Songs is the last book of wisdom literature we will study in this series. Written either by Solomon or compiled during his time, this book expresses in beautiful and yet clear terms the beauty of marital love and intimacy. This book is actually a series of love poems or songs which speak of our longing for love, the joy of finding and embracing it and the joy of it maturing over time. The language is graphic but discreet and yet speaks to the goodness of the gift of God to his creatures in the intimacy and love enjoyed within the context of marriage. This deep and passionate love is a gift of God to his people gently pointing them to the greater gift of love displayed in the gospel of Jesus. The Apostle Paul makes this clear as he compares marital love with the love Christ has for his church making our marriages pointers to the world of the goodness of the gospel (Eph 5.22-31).

Review and Apply

In what ways, has the culture changed in respect to its understanding of human sexuality?

Explain the best way to read Song of Songs.

How has the church mishandled the gift of sexuality? How ought the church to address it to the broader culture?

How does human love and sexuality contribute to the overall joy and peace in our marriages?

How does the Bible’s view of sexuality offer greater promises and fulfillment than that which is promised by the world’s view of sex?

How does this book lead us to better understand God’s love for us in Jesus?

How can you promote a better view of human sexuality to your friends and children?