WHO IS THIS SHEPHERD KING?
WHO IS THIS WHO LEADS HIS BRIDE THROUGH THE WILDERNESS?
WHO IS THIS WHO IS THE FAIREST OF TEN THOUSAND?
WHO IS THIS WHO IS BETTER THAN ANY OTHER?
WHO IS THIS WHO ASKS YOU TO COME AWAY?
This week we will continue our journey by listening to Mike Reeves lead a small group, using the Socratic style of questioning, through an overview of The Song of Songs, asking the questions: Who is he? and Who is she? For indeed, if this is just a lovely Jewish couple, then this is a book that is primarily about the beauty of marital love.
But if, indeed, this is The Lord of Glory, The Lord strong and mighty, then this is no ordinary love song. Mike Reeves, drawing upon the Puritan Richard Sibbes, gives us parallel passages that I believe are so convincing that indeed: This is the Lord. And if this is the Lord, then she is the Bride of Christ, for Jesus had no other bride.
1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
Several of you gave me a link to Scotty Smith’s daily prayer last week. Here is an excerpt followed by the link. When you link to his prayers, scroll down to August 12th.
Indeed, Jesus, you are, ultimately, the great lover of whom this book speaks—the quintessential spouse, the archetypal husband. In our best relational moments, our love for one another is a mere hint and whisper of the way you love us. We are the “beloved” of whom this book speaks—the bride upon whom you have set your endless affections, and for whom you’ve given your very life. No one can fill the vacuum in our hearts, but you.
This isn’t the gospel I grew up with, but this it’s the gospel you announce to our unprepared, unsuspecting, undeserving hearts. To be desired of you, Lord Jesus, is to taste how much you want, pursue, enjoy, see, accept, know, nourish and cherish us. Even as I pray these words, a part of me reacts with the pushback of an unbelieving heart, too-easily-satisfied heart. Free me, Lord, free me.
2. Scotty Smith says “this isn’t the gospel I grew up with…” Comment.
MONDAY-WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY: WHO IS HE?
Our own Elizabeth found this excellent article contrasting the view of Mark Driscoll and Mike Reeves. Please read it and comment:
3. What points stand out to you in the article? Why?
When you read the passages from The Song of Songs, read them aloud. This is poetry, and the sounds are meant to be savored. If you heart is cold, sing or listen to psalms, hymns, or spiritual songs to warm it up.
4. Read aloud Song of Songs 1:1-4
5. Whose love is better than wine? Whose name is better than all names? Who draws us that we might come after him?
6. Read aloud Song of Songs 1:5-8
The first of the Vineyard imagery is introduced. You will see this again. Read Isaiah 5:1-7 and explain what the vineyard represents in that passage.
7. What else do you learn about him from Song of Songs 1:7-8?
8. Who is the ultimate Shepherd/king?
9. Read aloud Song of Songs 3:6-11 and write down whatever you see about the groom, King Solomon. Do you see a parallel with Jesus?
10. What images of the Exodus do you see in verse 6?
11. Read aloud Psalm 45:1-17. What parallels do you see to the wedding scene in The Song of Songs.
12. What description of the bride is given in Song of Songs 8:5?
13. Why do you think God’s Bride failed to understand that caused them to spend 40 years in the wilderness? Is there an application to you? (Compare Jeremiah 2:1-6)
14. Is God moving in your heart through The Song of Songs? If so, how?
Thursday/Friday: Listening to Mike Reeves (1st 35 minutes) Attention: download first or it will keep repeating.
Mike Reeves is in a small group, so in order to hear, you will need to sit down and listen and take notes. Sometimes the members of the small group speak, and they are hard to hear. But I do believe you will be richly blessed if you take the time to listen — I have not found anything this excellent. Listen to the first 35 minutes — up to when he stops asking “Who is he?” and starts asking “Who is she?) (We will listen to the last twenty minutes next week.)Mike Reeves – Sibbes – The Love of Christ 1.
Here is the link: Link
15. Take notes and share here. If you share all your notes, you might bold or underline your highlights. I suggest doing it in a word document first.
16. What is your take-a-way and why?