WHO IS THIS THAT APPEARS LIKE THE DAWN,
FAIR AS THE MOON,
BRIGHT AS THE SUN,
MAJESTIC AS THE STARS IN PROCESSION,
AWESOME AS AN ARMY WITH BANNERS?
(SONG OF SONGS 6:10)
THIS IS NO ORDINARY BRIDE:
THIS IS THE BODY OF CHRIST,
MADE UP OF EVERY TRIBE AND NATION,
WHO REFLECTS HIS BEAUTY AS THE MOON REFLECTS THE SUN.
HOW BEAUTIFUL IS THE BODY OF CHRIST!
From this point on in The Song of Songs, there is no separation between the bride and her bridegroom. They are one. This is the land of invincible love. I do not know if this represents when we see Him face to face, but it might, for it seems to me on this earth I keep moving from the land of invincible love to the wilderness and back again. Or it may simply represent that state in which He longs for us to move.
I love the utter confidence she has in these final chapters. Hudson Taylor (founder of China’s Inland Mission) points out that in the beginning she said, “I am my beloved’s and He is mine,” and now there is a slight but important difference: “I belong to my lover and his desire is for me.” Taylor says, “In chapter 2 her first thought was her claim on Christ, now she thinks first of his claim on her, and only afterwards mentions her own.” There is confidence here, a perfect love that has driven out fear. And oh, it makes her so beautiful! I had thought I would be ministering in the Texas prisons this week, but laryngitis put a wrench in the plan. Yet the body of Christ is continuing without me, marching forward, volunteers stepping up to share, loving these women with the love of Christ. How beautiful is the body of Christ.
Let the words of Twila Paris’s song penetrate your heart:
1. What stood out to you from the above and why?
2. Is your confidence in the Lord’s love for you growing? If so, what is making the difference?
Monday/Wednesday Bible Study
Remember what George Mueller said, “Your first and foremost duty is to get my soul happy in the Lord.” Abide in the passage and then use it as a springboard for prayer. Last week we saw how she was slow to open the door to her beloved, and then he was gone. She went out into the streets looking for him, suffering beatings from the watchmen, and evidencing a true change in heart from apathy to longing. The daughters of Jerusalem, who represent the less mature in Christ, notice.
3. In The Song of Songs 5:9, what question is the bride asked? If you were asked this question, how would you answer?
Here is one song that answers that question:
4. In The Song of Songs 5:10-16 she describes her beloved to the daughters of Jerusalem. Read it aloud — see if a verse quickens you, and share it here.
5. Mike Reeves feel we have degenerated into presenting a formula for salvation rather than the beauty of Christ in evangelism. Do you agree? If so, how might you present the beauty of Christ to others?
6. Use Song of Songs 5:9-16 as a springboard for prayer.
7. In The Song of Songs 6:1, how do the daughters of Jerusalem respond? What does this tell you?
8. How do you see her confidence in The Song of Songs 6:2-3?
9. In The Song of Songs 6:4-10 he describes her beauty. Concentrate particularly on verse 10. What do you see?
Sara Groves put it like this:
YOU ARE THE SUN (SARA GROVES) You are the sun shining down on everyone Light of the world giving light to everything I see Beauty so brilliant I can hardly take it in And everywhere you are is warmth and light And I am the moon with no light of my own Still you have made me to shine And as I glow in this cold dark night I know I can't be a light unless I turn my face to you You are the sun shining down on everyone Light of the world giving light to everything I see Beauty so brilliant I can hardly take it in And everywhere you are is warmth and light And I am the moon with no light of my own Still you have made me to shine And as I glow in this cold dark night I know I can't be a light unless I turn my face to you Shine on me with your light Without you I'Âm a cold dark stone Shine on me I have no light of my own You are the sun, you are the sun, you are the sun And I am the moon We are not only like the moon reflecting the sun, we are like an army with banners. Our own Rebecca put it like this:
I think we are coming out of our “individualism” – I think He is moving – This is so God’s heart that we would be One in Him and go out together serving in prisons, to the poor, to the oppressed and downtrodden – what a witness!
10. Comment on the above and use it as a springboard for prayer.
Thursday/Friday: Message from Nancy Leigh deMoss LINK:
11. Listen to the above and comment.
12. What is your take-a-way and why?