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It is midwinter.

The peninsula I live on in Wisconsin always has a candlelit ski the first weekend of midwinter, and I skied it last night.

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He lights our way through the dark days of “winter,” but if we know Him, joy will come in the morning, as surely as spring is on the way, as surely as the darkness of Good Friday led to Resurrection Sunday!

And as we press into Him during this holy season of Lent,

He will come to us as surely as the spring rains,

the spring rains that renew the earth.

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Beginning this Wednesday, not counting Sundays,

there are 40 Days until Easter Sunday.

40 is a significant number to God.

The Israelites wandered for 40 years.

Jesus fasted before his ministry for 40 days.

And many Christians take

these 40 days

to draw nearer to God.

This is my 400th post, and every year,

Lent has been such a meaningful time.

So welcome old friends and new friends:

let us press on to know the Lord better than we do.

 

If you are new to the blog and want to actively participate, on the home page top purple banner, click on Bible Study Blog and then again on the icon with “Getting Started” and this picture:

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Then just follow the directions. It’s great if you can add a picture of yourself. Many of you did this yesterday, and we welcome you so heartily! If you prefer to be a silent blogger, that’s just fine, though we do have WONDERFUL sisters who will encourage you and give you input if you participate actively. We are going to be doing a challenging book during Lent, but I promise you it will take you into a more intimate relationship with Christ. It is The Song of Songs, and it is so much more than a marriage manual. You will discover Christ in it, the depth of His love for you, and the mystery to which Ephes. 5:32 says earthly marriage points: Christ and His Bride.

Sunday: Icebreaker

1.Tell us your name, (or name you want to use here), perhaps where you live, and one thing, besides the Lord, about which you are passionate.

2. Have you ever studied The Song of Songs in depth? If so, what was the central interpretation given? Marriage or Christ? How did you feel about it?

Monday – Tuesday: Getting Ready!

If you are new to the blog, I’d like you to listen to the following and share your thoughts.

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3. Newcomers — share your thoughts on the above.

Everyone read and then listen to the reading of the Songs that follows this text.

The Jews always interpreted The Song as being about both earthly marriage and God’s romance with Israel. She is the bride He rescued at Passover, and the Song is always read on the Sabbath of Passover. (It has always taken my breath away to realize that Jesus, our final Passover Lamb, was crucified during the very same hours that the Passover Lambs were sacrificed: 9 to 3).

The Christian church recognizes the Messiah as the Bridegroom in the Song, and has interpreted the Song to be about earthly marriage and our relationship with Christ, for Ephesians tells us that marriage points to that mysterious union. Up until the early 1800’s it was the most preached on book in the Old Testament, for nothing, pastors thought, was more important than understanding the depth of Christ’s love.

The disagreement comes on the emphasis. Is Christ and HIs Bride the emphasis or is earthly marriage the emphasis? This study takes the stance that the evidence is strong that just as with other books in the Bible, the heart is Christ. But whether you see primarily marriage or primarily Christ, you will be refreshed in your relationship to Christ with the side benefit, if you are married, of being refreshed in your marriage.

I want you to listen to this Jewish reading with your Bible open. One of the things that can be confusing about the Song is wondering if “he,” “she,” “the daughters of Jerusalem,” or her “brothers” are speaking. This reading make it clear so I’d love you to mark your Bibles with “he” “she” or “they.” This will give you a great overview of the whole song. You may be mystified at how this earthly romance could have anything to do with your relationship with Jesus, but trust me, it does! I’d like you to be alert to a few things:

A) Who is speaking (you may want to mark your Bible)

B) How at times he seems to be describing a woman’s body and at other times famous geographical places in Israel’s history, including the Garden of Eden.

C) How her passion begins, then diminishes, and is finally renewed.

We’ll dive into the book itself beginning on Ash Wednesday.

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4. What comments or thoughts do you have after listening to the above reading?

Some people give something during Lent to remember what Christ gave up for us. If giving up something that has robbed you of time to be with the Lord, then do it! It is important to choose a time and place to be with Him daily to do this study.

Some of you are eager students, so I have a few optional extras for you. (Skip them if this overwhelms you!) You may like to read a commentary as well. Here are three excellent resources. The first two see both marriage and Christ, with Christ as the emphasis, and the last, being before the early 1800’s, sees only Christ. My personal favorite, though it is a bit deeper and more expensive, is the one by Davis. But all are excellent.

Song of Songs by James Hamilton

Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs by E. F. Davis

Song of Songs Matthew Henry (free online)

God gives many metaphors to show He is a personal God: Shepherd, Friend, Father, but the most intimate of all is Husband and Lover:

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ASH WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: SONG OF SONGS 1

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Prepare your heart with this, our theme song for Lent.

Song of Solomon by Jesus Culture

 

5. Read Song of Songs 1 aloud to yourself. Share any comments, observations, or questions here. (We have some wonderful mentors who can help you — and sometimes I will jump in too.)

The Shulammite begins with: “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth.”What is it about a first kiss that melts our hearts? What does this mean on both an earthly and spiritual level?

Kathy and Tim Keller were friends for a long time. Too long, Kathy thought. Frustrated, she finally decided to give Tim “the speech” about taking her for granted and leading her on without making a deeper commitment . . . but he stopped her mid-sentence by leaning down and kissing her.

The argument was over.     

In the same way, a kiss from the King is evidence that our God wants intimacy with us and that we are moving past the realm of servants and even past that of friendship. He is not a far-off God; He wants union and communion with us.

Dr. E. F. Davis, in a contemporary commentary in the Westminster Series, explains that these two pictures in the Song “are mutually informative and each is incomplete without the other…Fundamental to both,” Davis explains, “is a desire to transcend the confines of the self for the sake of intimacy with the other.” 

Matthew Henry explains that our relationship with Christ begins with the “gospel kiss,” like the kiss of the father to the prodigal son.

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6. Using the story of the return of the prodigal son and the father’s kiss from Luke 15, how would you define a “gospel kiss?” When were you first aware that you had received the gospel kiss?

According to Rabbinic tradition, a kiss from the King is “a living word of prophecy,” as when a verse leaps out and gives you just what you need. During this Lenten study, if you get kissed, please share. I’ll remind you from time to time.

7. What senses do you see involved in this chapter and what does this tell you about your relationship with the Lord?

8. In verse 5 the Daughters of Jerusalem chime in. They are usually interpreted as being those who are watching the bride and beginning to fall in love with this shepherd-king as well. Both she and they say that his love is better than wine. Compare this to Psalm 4:7. What do you learn?

9. The “bride” is both an individual and corporate, as is true of the Bride of Christ. You can see this by the way the pronouns vary. (verses 2 and 4) Why is it important that we ourselves both as individuals and also as part of a body?

10. How do you see the bride’s insecurity when he gazes at her in verse 6 — and how does he reassure her in verse 15. Can you see the gospel in this? If so, how?

11. Earlier she describes herself as both dark and lovely. How does the gospel show us we are both? How does this knowledge impact you on a day to day basis?

12. How does he tell her to find him in verse 8? This is usually interpreted as those who have gone before to the Shepherd, who have made their “tent” near his. Think of those who have influenced you to find the Good Shepherd — family, writers, saints from the past. Share one here.

Some are uncomfortable with the thought that God would use a sexual metaphor to illuminate our relationship with Him. It is a metaphor, and if we are too sexualized, it is harder to see. But in the prophets He equates idolatry with adultery, and Isaiah tells us He rejoices over us as a bridegroom rejoices over His bride. 

13. In Scripture, in both Hebrew and Greek, the word used to describe knowing the Lord is also the word that is used to describe sexual intimacy between husband and wife. For example, last week Miriam shared that the following verses use the same word (know) Find them and then comment on what this communicates to you: Philippians 3:10, Matt 1:25. (Also Matt 7:23!)

14. How does he describe her eyes in verse 15? There are several interpretations of this and they may all be there! James Hamilton says that eyes are the windows to the soul. Doves are peaceful and gentle and often a symbol of purity. Some have commented that doves eyes are focused, they are not prone to distraction. What do you think? (Listen also to Misty Edwards sing “Doves Eyes.”) What helps you to keep your time with the Lord and to be undistracted?

 

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PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Pray a passage from chapter 1 into your life. The most powerful way to pray is to pray Scripture. Here are two examples from chapter 1. Then it will be your turn.

THE BRIDE ASKS HIM TO DRAW HER. OH LORD, DRAW ME TO YOU — YOU KNOW HOW FICKLE I AM, BUT DRAW ME, WOO ME, KEEP ME CLOSE.

GIVE ME DOVE’S EYES. CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART THAT I MAY BE PURE AND GENTLE. HELP ME FOCUS ON YOU, AND NOT BE SO DISTRACTED WHEN I WANT TO BE WITH YOU!

YOUR TURN:

 

SATURDAY:

15. What is your take-a-way and why?

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  1. 1. Tell us your name, perhaps where you live, and one thing, besides the Lord, about which you are passionate.
     
    My name is Susan and I live in Ohio! Dee, I am looking at that photo of your candlelight ski trail longingly, as I do enjoy snow in the winter and we’ve had precious little of it here! Not enough to go sledding, which I enjoy! I do enjoy and am passionate about nature; I love learning about the natural world, hiking in the many beautiful metroparks we have nearby, and just being outdoors. It’s hard to separate that from Him, as my thoughts are always drawn to Him as I observe the natural beauty of the world. An appreciation for nature is one thing I tried to encourage in my children when they were growing up.
     
    2. Have you ever studied The Song of Songs in depth? If so, what was the central interpretation given? Marriage or Christ? How did you feel about it?
     
    The first time I ever studied this book in depth was here, when Dee first led us through the book. The central interpretation was that it was about Christ. Before that, The Songs wasn’t a book I paid much attention to. While never having studied it, I had caught a couple of sermons on Christian radio on it and the focus was that it was about marriage. It seemed a nice “ideal marriage”, but left me feeling flat in that such a marriage was unattainable for me. So, I ignored it. But having studied it here, with Dee, opened it up in a whole new way and made it exciting to me, to think that it was really more about Christ, our Bridegroom, and His love for us, for me, personally.
     
    As I read down through this week to the additional resources Dee mentioned, I also want to add that for those who listen to Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth’s program, Revive Our Hearts, she is starting her series through The Song on February 22nd, “How to Fall and Stay in Love With Jesus”.

    1. Susan, I, too, enjoy snow. (Started skiing when I was 4.)  I agree that it is hard to separate the outdoors from God. I very much enjoy nature, too. =)

  2. 1. Tell us your name, (or name you want to use here), perhaps where you live, and one thing, besides the Lord, about which you are passionate. My name is Jill (or jillwithaj if we have more than one Jill ?). I live in coastal Virginia but my home is Montana. I am passionate about (just one?!) people. People learning, people healing physically (I am a nurse by trade), people healing spiritually, people finding freedom…
     
    2. Have you ever studied The Song of Songs in depth? If so, what was the central interpretation given? Marriage or Christ? How did you feel about it? I studied The Song here with Dee a couple of years ago. The central interpretation was Christ with application for marriage, too. I was uncomfortable with this at first and it took a good bit of wrestling with God and my heart to realize that this love that is spoken of is not just from a distant God to a large group of people but from a God who is very close and wants my all and has already given His all to me, personally. He loves ME! Freely! Graciously! Once my heart accepted these truths it changed me. And it continues to change me as He reminds me of this again and again and it becomes more and more real. Two things broke through: The image of the bride (me!!)resting in God’s arms and the question, “If every book in the Bible whispers Christ’s name then why not the Song as well?”
     
    Welcome, welcome to Paula, Beth, Cindy Ann, Melinda, Jean, Kelli, Charmaine, Jean Q., and Brenda! ?

    1. Jill, I am writing this in my Bible in The Songs, “The love spoken of here is from a God who is very close and wants my all and has already given His all to me, personally.”

  3. My name is Pam, and I live in Ohio.  Early in 2015, I discovered Bible Journaling and it has become my passion.  I prayed for YEARS for the Lord to lead me back to art and He answered my prayers.    My friend heard about a new bible called “Journaling Bible”.  She told me about it because she knew my love for art.  A light bulb went off; it hasn’t stopped yet.  I am now enjoying all types of mediums in my bible while worshipping, praising and loving God more and more every day.  Thank You Jesus!
    i’ve never studied Song of Solomon but I’m proud to say I personally got to meet you, Dee, at women’s conference in Toledo, OH years ago.  I bought all your books and you patiently signed them all.  THANKS.  Since I’ve enjoyed all your studies and look forward to this one too.  thanks again!

      1. The journaling bible is getting so popular there are different versions now too not just ESV.  They also have beautiful flower covers too. I hope you love it as much as I do!!  

    1. Hi Pam,    I haven’t heard of the Journaling Bible.  You’ve gotten my curiousity and I will be checking it out 🙂   Welcome here!

      1. Hi Nila,  I love Pinterest for ideas for my Journling Bible.  So if you want to see more of what I’m talking about, do a search in Pinterest for bible journaling.  You wont believe all the great art and lettering and scripture.  And, if you have a verse you love search for that too.  Also, if you want to talk to others join the Facebook group called “Journaling Bible Community”.

        1. Pam, Nila and Dee, If you haven’t found it already-here is a video about the journaling Bible. http://bcove.me/k3rgmr3v  What a great tool for artists, and non artists like me to put notes on! Well and who knows how God would have you use it.

    2. Welcome, Pam! I too have discovered bible journaling in late 2015. I am not the most artistic but have put some effort into calligraphy and some word art. It is so fun and very enriching. I love the discipline of writing slowly and methodically. We had a monk come and visit a women’s group I belong to and he elaborated on the practice of calligraphy as “Lectio Divina”-sort of meditating on the Word as one writes. He was the one who got me started. I ordered an “Inspire” Bible for journaling but will not get it till March! I can’t wait! I follow Rebecca Jones on Facebook “Bible ARt Journaling Challenge.”

      1. I love these descriptions of the Journaling Bibles.   And I LOVE what the monk shared with you, Ernema.  Keeping this on the back burner.  I’d love to jump in some day.  

      2. Pam and Bing, I have had a journaling Bible for a few years, though I confess I use it for study notes and questions rather than journaling or art… I am going to look into this as well As your have intrigued me.

    3. Welcome Pam…intrigued by your “Journaling Bible”, too! What a great way to connect with the Lord more deeply!

  4. Welcome, welcome all of you who are new!! We are praying with you as we walk together with Him through the songs during Lent-perfect timing! 🙂

    -I live in the Midwest…I am Dee’s assistant and am passionate about her ministry-His favor is on her and His pleasure-oh-it is obvious. Dee will be speaking on a Cruise in 3 weeks..and I can’t help but think..”Oh these women have no idea-His surprises in store-for He moves like the wind at her events.”  I can’t wait. And when the Song comes out in 2017-oh..:)))))  

    God has also made me passionate about being with special needs teens, children, adults with downs, cp, autism, etc.. They are a treasure-they teach me so much..their disability is part of them-yes-but you end up not seeing it really-you see them. They are people, souls like you and me who have talents God has given them, who long to love and be loved as God has made us all. I could go on! God is sooo good. If you see someone in a wheel chair who may not be able to speak-go and be with them-talk to them..if you see someone with Downs-they are treasures!!! Go to them, build a relationship-embrace the awkwardness with communication! 🙂

      1. Dee- OH!!! Yes, tears from the Lord! That must grieve him deeply to anger almost I am sure. 🙁 Our culture just sees them as a ‘burden’…but that is the lie!  

        1. oh Rebecca! You are SO right ?

  5. 1. Tell us your name, (or name you want to use here), perhaps where you live, and one thing, besides the Lord, about which you are passionate.
    My name is Nila and I am from southwest Montana, near some beautiful mountains.   (Though I’m a Wyoming girl at heart!)  One of the things I’m passionate about (besides my five adult children and six sweet grandchildren) is music and the way it can express our thoughts and prayers.  When I don’t know what else to do, I often grab my guitar and get a heart adjustment by singing unto the Lord.   When i stumbled on to Dee’s blog two years ago this spring, the studies were on the Psalms and that study was such a balm to my soul.   What a safe and welcoming community I have found here.   
     
     
    2. Have you ever studied The Song of Songs in depth? If so, what was the central interpretation given? Marriage or Christ? How did you feel about it?  
    I have never studied the Song of Songs in depth.    I look forward to this study but may be more of a silent blogger at times.  (my plate is full in other regards right now.)
     
    This song is meant especially for new bloggers. ~  Melinda, Jean, Paula, Beth, Cindy Ann, Kelli, Charmaine, Jean Q., and Brenda.  
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcYFtihSg_8

    1. Nila, “When I don’t know what else to do, I often grab my guitar and get a heart adjustment by singing unto the Lord.” I do the same only with piano. Ann Voskamp quotes someone as saying the only way to drive out a nail is with another nail. If I worship and give praise it puts in place that good nail and pushes the other out. We will pay together some day. =)

    2. Nila-This is sweet coming from you. “I often grab my guitar and get a heart adjustment by singing unto the Lord.” How that must delight Him! 🙂

  6. 1.Tell us your name, (or name you want to use here), perhaps where you live, and one thing, besides the Lord, about which you are passionate.
     
    I’m Lizzy, welcome to all of you who are joining us for Lent! I am passionate about helping needy children, about living a godly marriage (my husband and I pray to help others one day in marriage ministry), about learning how to live out true forgiveness and hesed love in my life. I am also with Susan on loving every bit of nature–a perfect day would be hiking through fields of wildflowers, with prayers and songs…love music too, so thankful for that. Rambling, sorry–I do that at times 😉 
     
    2. Have you ever studied The Song of Songs in depth? If so, what was the central interpretation given? Marriage or Christ? How did you feel about it?
     
    Like many here, my first real study of the Songs, was through Dee a few years ago. Prior to that, I had only heard it referenced in the context of an earthly marriage. Honestly, I always struggled with it a bit in those terms though, I think my heart hungered for what is missed in that interpretation alone. Why would this one Book not be Christocentric? It felt too focused on man to make it all (or primarily) about earthly marriage. 

    1. Lizzy-you crack me up for your ramblings are NEVER ramblings at all. 🙂  I am with you on your perfect day for that would be mine too. 

  7. 1.Tell us your name, (or name you want to use here), perhaps where you live, and one thing, besides the Lord, about which you are passionate.
    I’m Wanda, from Minnesota and I am passionate about teaching children.  I have a teaching degree in El. Ed but was never able to use it in a formal way, as we made the choice to have me stay home full time when we had young children; one who had special needs.  But throughout my whole life (since my teen years) I have taught children in church settings, was a paid Children’s Director for a decade and also worked as a part time job support staff with special needs children in public school settings.  I’m passionate about Children’s Literature and have several shelves filled with children’s books.  (and my grandchildren live way too far away. (insert sad face emoji here)   After a few years of a pause, I’m back working with children at church; looking for ways to engage more deeply.  My favorite thing in the world, is to sit with a circle of children with eager minds and questions, and open a good book.  Especially the Bible, but I am passionate about Narnia and other subjects too.  (Interestingly, since being a part of this study, my desire to lead women’s studies has been renewed too.  I am slowly finding a little niche there too and have done some recently.)  And birds!   I’m passionate about feeding, observing and photographing birds.  🙂  
    2. Have you ever studied The Song of Songs in depth? If so, what was the central interpretation given? Marriage or Christ? How did you feel about it?     I have not.  (except in a quick overview way maybe.  I had a perception that Christ was there, but the only teaching I remember was that it was about marriage.)  Except for what I’ve been a part of here, in the past few weeks of intro. and over the past two years, when Dee has woven in pieces of the Song in other studies (some Psalms study) and the many comments that other women here have shared.  SO, get this:  Yesterday, I shared some devotional thoughts at the wedding shower of a friend’s daughter.  Among other things I noted, I had felt so led to share some of the ‘essence’ of the Song (mostly from Mike Reeve’s message; and also some things Dee has said) as we contemplate the marriage of two young believers and how their lives can reflect the marriage of Christ and His bride.   I even shared a paragraph that one of you women had written here as a comment.  (without mentioning your name; I will contact you privately though.)  And, several women commented on how deeply all of the above had touched them.  Some asked me if I could share it in writing, with them.  The Song impacted hearts.  THANK you, Dee for the ways you have brought it alive to me already.    It was two years ago at Lent, that I joined you.   Being here has changed my life in deep and wonderful ways!  

    1. first of all, to Wanda.  My daughter works for Child Evangelism Fellowship in Minnesota, helping people reach children for Christ through a variety of means.  Your words about your passion made me think the two of you would be a great team!
       
      my name is Mary and I am from SD, though I am from MN in my heart.  I met Dee a year ago when she spoke at a women’s retreat in NE, and have been following her blog since, what? Dec?  My passion is for others to be passionate for Jesus.
       
      12.  Someone must have worked with me or prayed for me, but I have no name or face.  I only knew about God.  I wanted him from early on, but was convinced he would never tolerate me.  After a long time of fighting, running and bargaining, I got down on my knees and told Him that I gave up.  If He wanted me, He could have all of me.  Since then I’ve gained so much from other believers.  This blog is one of my current “tents”.  Thank you, Dee!!
       
      14.  You asked about being distracted in my times with Him.  Dee, in your challenge to pray Scripture you’ve helped me.  As I read a chapter in each of my lists, I pray for Him to open my eyes, ears, mind, and heart to whatever He has for me in each stop.  Because I am looking for that and then praying, I am much less distracted than I used to be.
       
      welcome to the new bloggers!  Looking forward to your comments and insights!!

      1. Thanks,  Mary B.   I’ve used a lot of CE resources in my past, and purchased quite a few of their large ‘flashcard stories’ when I was in full time ministry.    In fact, someone gave me a box of ‘antique’ CE stuff that I need to sort through.  As a child, I helped my mom ‘punch out’ CE flannelgraph pieces for Sunday school and still remember some of the stories I heard as a child. 🙂   Especially the story of the 5 missionaries who were martyrs in Ecuador.  Such an impact on my young heart.  

    2. Wanda-heart melting post!! So glad to hear #2!!

  8. Sunday: Icebreaker
    1.Tell us your name, (or name you want to use here), perhaps where you live, and one thing, besides the Lord, about which you are passionate.
    My name is Bing and I am from MO. I am passionate about quality care of the elderly, my teaching job to high school seniors, and ministry to women in my church.
    2. Have you ever studied The Song of Songs in depth? If so, what was the central interpretation given? Marriage or Christ? How did you feel about it?
    No. I don’t think I have ever heard of a sermon on it except for some reference to a few verses. I always had the idea that it was a book on marriage. Someone sent me a caricature of the Shullamite with a rendition of literal images ( tower, gazelle, etc) a while back. I thought it funny at that time and never really paid much attention to it. To be honest, when I get to the Songs for my Bible chronological reading, I just speed read through it and have never taken any notes at all! Yet, I love the verse that says “My beloved is mine and I am His.” And I thought that is Christ and me!

  9. Last week I didn’t get all the way through James Hamilton’s message on the Song of Songs.   I finished it today, and I posted my notes at the end of last week’s blog.  I boiled down 17 pages of hand-written notes into a little more than two pages.  It still looks long, but if anyone is interested, they can go back and look at it!   

    1. OH THANK YOU, THANK YOU,   DEANNA!  
       
      I still haven’t heard his message, but having your notes will be excellent as they always are so complete.  BLESS you for your hard work.   It means so much to me   Printing your notes helps me retain the message.  You are so diligent and generous with your time.

  10. 1.Tell us your name, (or name you want to use here), perhaps where you live, and one thing, besides the Lord, about which you are passionate.
    My name is Diane and I live in the province of New Brunswick, Canada, (that is east of Maine). Besides the Lord, I am passionate about nature. I love to bird watch, take pictures of wildflowers, and canoe. I also love the wonderful blog of Christian women with our precious leader, Dee. (I wish I could go on the cruise that is happening soon!) I am being mostly silent these days as I am heavily involved with a team from various churches who have just brought a new family fleeing from the Middle East to live in our area. They arrived Wednesday evening last week and there is much to do. It is a family of six, and the 4 children (ages 9-15) are anxious to begin school, although they do not speak much English. They seem like wonderful people who have had much sadness in their lives. 
    2. Have you ever studied The Song of Songs in depth? If so, what was the central interpretation given? Marriage or Christ? How did you feel about it?
    I was involved in Dee’s first study of the Song of Songs a few years ago. I believe the central interpretation is about God and His Bride (Christ and the Church/his love for us as individuals). I believe marriage is to be, at its best, a picture of Christ and His love for us – sacrificial, committed, forgiving, God-honouring.

    1. Diane, I wish you were coming too. I am hoping more of us can come so we can be together face to face. It would be such a blessing!

  11. Welcome to all the newcomers! You’re in for a special blessing here!

  12. 1.Tell us your name, (or name you want to use here), perhaps where you live, and one thing, besides the Lord, about which you are passionate.My name is Amy Dunham and I live in Sarasota, Florida with two small children and my husband. I love running, fitness, and writing. I am currently working on telling my moms story of abuse, tragedy and the:Lord’s faithfulness. 
    2. Have you ever studied The Song of Songs in depth? If so, what was the central interpretation given? Marriage or Christ? How did you feel about it?
     I haven’t studied it in depth but what I remember of it was about marriage. I also remember being very confused. A lot like Hosea, it’s a little hard to know voice and intent unless, I imagine, you spend enough time digesting it. And, I’m sure, Dee’s guidance will do wonders. I’m so excited!

    1. Welcome, Amy! 

    2. Welcome to this encouraging place, Amy 🙂

    3. Welcome Amy!! 🙂

  13. 1.Tell us your name, (or name you want to use here), perhaps where you live, and one thing, besides the Lord, about which you are passionate.
     
    I am Laura, a liturgical dancer who is presently living in New Hampshire, but hails from the south and truly misses it! I will be back there in a few years…Dee, I am SO jealous that you got to ski the night trail, as I have wanted to do that for my birthday for the last few years and it just never seems to happen. hmmmm…passionate? Well, I suppose dance (of course), and I love politics (gulp); it’s my super bowl!

    2. Have you ever studied The Song of Songs in depth? If so, what was the central interpretation given? Marriage or Christ? How did you feel about it?

    I have studied SOS here, a few years ago, and had a very hard time understanding it. I am hoping I can dig deeper this time and truly understand. I learned that it is really about Christ and the church, not just earthly marriage.

  14. I am looking forward to joining in the Lenten  Study. I live in Apple Valley MN>
    I have not done any in depth study of Songs.

    1. Welcome, Katie!

    2. Katie, 
      Welcome Katie  🙂

  15. Welcome Pam, Amy, and Katie! So glad you are joining us here! Praying too for those who tagged on to last week’s study–that you find the new post! It’s always a blessing to grow our fellowship, I learn so much through God’s working through His Body. Just wanted to offer a prayer of thanks tooLord, we thank You that we live in a place where we can freely worship You and learn more of You. Thank You for providing this “cyber family” where we can encourage one another to press on, press in, to You. Thank You Lord for Dee’s faithfulness, always amazes me how she keeps this warm fire going amidst all that You have given her, but we know that is because You bless it, and we are thankful. I ask that You would protect and bless Dee, and this ministry. May our thoughts and meditations be pleasing to You Lord, Amen. 

    1. Amen!

    2. Amen.   What an insightful prayer to begin this study. 

  16. 3. I am not a newcomer but I never tire of hearing Mike Reeves! =)
     
    4  What comments or thoughts do you have after listening to the above reading? I really, really appreciate the differentiation of he, she, and others in voice. I may listen to it several more times just to get it in my head. I read along with the ESV and there were some differences in the headings and now I want to know why. May do some research in that regard. Listening to it read out loud really brought out some themes and repetitions better than when I read it silently.

    1. Jill I’m with you on #3.   Even though I have seen this video by Mike Reeves before,  I watched it all over again.   I felt refreshed by it!    

  17. A friend told me about this study and I want to dive in. I believe this is God’s timing for me and I look forward to studying with these beautiful sisters in Christ.

    1. Welcome, Tammie!

  18. I watched the video with Mike Reeves. WONDERFUL!!
    I and a close friend of mine have had a conversation recently that relates so closely to his point in the last couple of minutes: “Salvation is to know and love Christ.” Not just a ticket out of hell.
    Both of us received our salvation after fiery hell and damnation sermons in our churches as young children. For a long time, until recently, fear shaped my relationship with Christ. This, along with some tragedy in my early life, has made me timid to approach Christ with open hands on my “things” and my “life.” Now with two little girls I find it hard to see God as someone to trust, who loves me enough to know what is best for me and my children. I know in my head how wrong this is, and sometimes I can convince my heart, but the visual of Christ’s unending, immeasurable, inexplicable love towards me can be hard to come by. It is a daily choice, sometimes, to cling to His love!
    Salvation is so much more than freedom FROM something but freedom TO something. I am learning. 🙂

    1. Amy, welcome to our study! Thanks for sharing a little bit more about yourself, too, as it helps to get to know you better! I can relate to how experiencing tragedy can affect our ability to really trust Him.

    2. Amy, I love what I am hearing from your heart already! 🙂

  19. 4. What comments or thoughts do you have after listening to the above reading?
    The dramatic reading is excellent!    Even though my ’84 NIV study Bible is already marked with the names, it was really helpful to hear the voices to help ingrain the different speakers.  And helpful to differentiate between the female and male friends  (I am assuming ‘her friends’ are female and ‘his friends’ are male.)  
     
    One question:  In 8:5a:  female friends are speaking just that one question.  ‘Who is this coming up from the desert leaning on her lover?’
    and the rest of verse 5-7, are designated ‘BELOVED’ in my study Bible.  But the voice on the reading, is the voice of the ‘LOVER” and the voice of the friends that follow:  vs. 8,9 are the male friends;  his friends.  
    Is there a question about whether   he  or  she   speaks 5b-7???     

      1. Hmmm.  Yes, I am more confused now!  😉  
        My NIV uses LOVER for the male voice/ clearly the part that Solomon is saying…..and BELOVED for the Shulamite woman. 
        BUT you bring up an interesting difference.  Mike Reeves states the verse 2:16 as “My BELOVED  is mine and I am his’  which would clearly mean that the woman is speaking and so she would be the LOVER.   (this is verbatim from the NASB I have and I suspect other versions).  
        Yet, the NIV  (which follows exactly what was used in the dramatic reading on the video)  translates that verse:  ‘My LOVER is mine and I am his’  also spoken by the woman who is then called the BELOVED throughout the NIV text.   
        WOW.   Wonder why the flip flop of titles for the two characters. ???      I’ve always thought LOVER referred to Solomon/King/Jesus and that was why we refer to Jesus as the LOVER of our souls.  
         
        those titles (BELOVED for she and LOVER for he) in the NIV follow the dramatic reading exactly except for that one section 5b-7.  
         
        I looked in another Bible I have, but I guess I don’t have any others that designate the speakers.  

  20. 1. I am Shirley from western Massachusetts and have been so happy to be learning from wonderful Christian sisters on this blog for about 2 years. It is hard to name one thing I am passionate about but I’d say the outstanding passion is to see others come to Christ and to grow in this relationship. I agree also that enjoying nature and music and children are all right up there for me as well.
    It is wonderful to have all of you new sisters join us, and it is great to introduce ourselves and learn a bit more from all of you.
    2. I have never done an indepth study on Song of Songs. About 2 years ago I listened to a series by David Jeremiah and the focus was on marriage. It did seem pretty narrow to me and was really not something that I could apply to my marriage. I am now an older woman and came through many years of a difficult relationship which is now blessed with a closer walk with Jesus. I am so looking forward to this study. The Michael Reeves’ video is excellent!
    Listening to the reading of the Song is wonderful. Although my study Bible is marked with the speaker there were a few discrepancies…that was a surprise. ch. 2 verse 10 and also verse 15 were different as well as ch.6, verse 11 and ch. 8 verse 5.
    I am glad to hear it and will listen again!
     
     
     

  21. Will be reading along, but very busy with lots of other studies…so will be a silent blogger.   Thankful for this during a busy time!

  22. 1.Tell us your name, (or name you want to use here), perhaps where you live, and one thing, besides the Lord, about which you are passionate.
     
    I am Deanna and I live in extreme northwestern Ohio.  Welcome to all the newcomers on this blog!    I have been participating here for three years, and have found it to be such a blessing!    You may have noticed we call one another sisters, and there is such wonderful support here.   I suspect I might be the oldest of the group (73 — is anyone older than that?)   I have always been one to root for the underdog, so it is not surprising that I have spent considerable time trying to help the homeless and the hungry.    For better than a decade, I worked with Interfaith Hospitality Network (later became Family Promise).  When it was my church’s time to hold the shelter in our facility , I was in charge.   Unfortunately it went out of business in our city a couple of years back.   Now I am involved with Feed Your Neighbor.  In fact, yesterday I loaded my car with the donations from my church to deliver to the distribution center.  And this Friday morning I will be working at the distribution center.  

    2. Have you ever studied The Song of Songs in depth? If so, what was the central interpretation given? Marriage or Christ? How did you feel about it?
     
    Fifty-two years ago I graduated from a college of the Bible, but I do not recall that much time was spent on the Song of Songs.  It was presented as a marriage manual, and there was no mention of it being about the relationship between Christ and his people.   I studied it here on this blog the last time Dee featured it, and was surprised by the new perspective.   However, I have no problem accepting both views.    I was a little disappointed that Hamilton spent so much time on the “marriage manual” and so little on “Christ and his people.”  I do realize that he must have been speaking to couples who came for a marriage seminar or something similar to that.   

  23. 4. What comments or thoughts do you have after listening to the above reading?
     
    Dee, that was so helpful  — not just in identifying the speakers, but also to get the feel of it.  I felt like I was watching an old Cecil B. DeMille movie!  ( No one today makes Biblical movies like he did.  ) I was following in my NIV Bible, and there weren’t many differences in the words.   Mostly it was “lover” instead of “beloved.”   I have studied the  Song of Songs in bits and pieces, and it is so helpful to read it through like a novel.   I think using this reading was ingenious!

  24. 1.Tell us your name, (or name you want to use here), perhaps where you live, and one thing, besides the Lord, about which you are passionate.
    My name is Liz and I am from NH. I am passionate about music and love to worship. I also am passionate about prayer, interceding with and for others. 
    2. Have you ever studied The Song of Songs in depth? If so, what was the central interpretation given? Marriage or Christ? How did you feel about it?
    I have not ever studied the Song of Songs. I am really looking forward to it. It was the book in the Bible I hardly ever read. Not exactly sure why other than maybe I found it hard to relate to.
    Welcome to all the new bloggers ( sisters in Christ)
     

  25. 3. “The gospel is entering a loving relationship with the living God…He gives us Himself.” I could listen to Mike Reeves again and again! He has such a sweet spirit about him. I am learning to not take the Lord for granted as I go about my day. In the past, it’s as if I relegate his presence to a certain time of the day (when I have my quiet time, when I am in dire need, before I eat or go to bed, etc.) Lately, I have sensed His nearness more and there is a greater freedom from people pleasing. I talk to Him more and not feel awkward or weird. I know I am still a work in progress and He is so patient in dealing with me. Lord, thank you for loving me. I smile whenever I see a highway project sign “Completed as promised” and think of that one day when all His promises will come to be. Being confident that He who has started a good work in you will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6

    1. Oh, Bing. A beautiful post and what I needed to read this morning. Yes, that we would not take His presence for granted!

    2. Sweet Bing–this blessed me too. Love “I have sensed His nearness more and there is a greater freedom” and your reference to “Completed as promised”–what a beautiful reminder that He IS making all things new!

  26. 4. What comments or thoughts do you have after listening to the above reading?
     
    I have the 1984 NIV Bible which has the sections labeled as to who is speaking…intriguing that the text of the reading says it is “Messiah” speaking as the “Lover”, and then in 8:8-9, my Bible is labeled “Friends” and the Jewish reading said it was “Brothers of the Bride”, which makes more sense in the context of that passage. I really enjoyed listening to the audio, hearing it read with emotion as it made it come alive.

      1. Dee,  I bought the Keller’s devotional on Psalms and am loving it!    Your challenges for the New Year were so closely aligned with the challenges that our lead Pastor gave us the first Sunday in January, that I went right home and ordered 4 different devotional/ daily reading/liturgy books which I am using throughout the week.  🙂   I know I can’t absorb them all, every day,  but I can use them year after year. 

      2. Yes, Dee and Wanda,   I also bought Keller’s Songs of Jesus devotional book,  and I have been so pleased with it!   I have been intending to mention this for some time and just kept forgetting to do so.   

      3. This is the cheapest 1984 NIV I could find: http://www.christianbook.com/niv-bible-italian-berry-cream-chocolate/9780310949206/pd/0949206?event=ESRCG  but there might be more elsewhere. I may get this when I get home from the cruise but am wondering if I might have it here at home! I have a Ryrie 1984 NASB study bible that I’ve had since 1988. It is my ‘treasure’ but is falling apart. I may do what Susan did and compare texts in SOS. Love how hers says Messiah-speaking as the lover. 

        1. My NASB is 1995.. My first Bible was a 1984 NIV and I know I don’t have it now. 🙁 

    1. I also use the 1984 NIV and I guess I just followed my Bible and did not watch the text on the video very often.   But it followed word for word with the ’84 NIV text, didn’t it, Susan?    I don’t remember hearing anything that was different.   Though I had those two questions about the ‘titles’ for a couple sections (as I wrote in a previous post).    
      (maybe I should listen again).  
      When I heard the aloud reading for the sections marked ‘friends’ it was so helpful to hear male and female voices.  I took it to mean that the males were the friends of the groom and the females were friends of the bride.   I suppose ‘brothers’ or ‘sisters’ could be interchangeable with friends.  ??  
       
      And I agree with Deanna that it was like hearing a Cecil B. DeMile production!  

  27. 5. Read Song of Songs 1 aloud to yourself. Share any comments, observations, or questions here. The most notable thing for me, as I read aloud was the level of intensity, intimacy, and vulnerability in this text. I was alone reading it out loud but it was hard for me to utter the words because of their vulnerability. This speech puts one at a great risk of hurt. To declare adoration this deep and desire this intense for someone causes my heart to react in fear, “What if he doesn’t love back…what if he hurts me?!” Or worse of all, “This is going to be a deep wound when he realizes I am undesirable.” And with a human this is a real, real possibility and reality. But with Christ I am safe saying this, desiring this, I am desiring the one, the only one, who will be faithful.
     
    The Shulammite begins with: ” Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth.” What is it about a first kiss that melts our hearts? What does this mean on both an earthly and spiritual level? A first kiss is an entering in. Both parties have entered into each other’s vulnerability, but they have also created something together. Made a new place to be together. Trusting someone with intimacy is beautiful because it is trust and openness. There is something about requited  love. They have both chosen one another. It melts our hearts because it is the “first” and not the only, there will be more, usually there is an unspoken promise. We want more of that person. (Not sure if we were supposed to answer this question or not…)

  28. Oh I love these comments, Jill.   You’re so right about reading aloud and feeling vulnerable.   All good comments,  but this one really grips my heart. 

    “What if he doesn’t love back…what if he hurts me?!” Or worse of all, “This is going to be a deep wound when he realizes I am undesirable.” And with a human this is a real, real possibility and reality. But with Christ I am safe saying this, desiring this, I am desiring the one, the only one, who will be faithful.

  29. Hi Dee! It’s been awhike since I’ve spoken to you, but I’m so excited to be joining in on this Lenten study With you and the other women! My name is Dannielle and I am from Eunice, Louisiana! I studied some of Song of Songs several years back in a marriage  course at our church, but nothing in depth. Just one thing I’m am passionate about? My family, but in particular my marriage and being the woman God created me to be. 

    1. Welcome Dannielle! 

  30. 4. What comments or thoughts do you have after listening to the above reading?
    I seem to not get past the Songs without thinking of it as a marriage manual. Listening to the read with some intimate tones made me uncomfortable in viewing my relationship with Christ as such. Trying to analyze myself for hang-ups. I do believe that all Scripture is God breathed and the Bible is His(Jesus)story. I do not have any problem with saying all of the Bible points to Jesus. Yet, I will be honest to say, I am kind of stuck here! I know I need to see the grand design here rather than dissecting each phrase or word apart and thus may take things out of context. I am asking God to reveal “deep and hidden things” (Daniel 2:2) to me in the Songs.

      1. Thank you, Dee. The Lord is good in allowing some family circumstances to happen the last few weeks highlighting the preciousness of my marriage to Richard. He is so good to me:I often ask myself how can I be deserving of such a man? I am overwhelmed at times in a good way. And to think this is just a shadow of the intimacy and love and care of my Shepherd-King-Lover of my soul! Am I slowly getting out of my spiritual fog and walking into the deep and hidden riches of Christ in the Songs?

  31. 4. What comments or thoughts do you have after listening to the above reading?
     
     It’s kind of creepy hearing the voices.  They seem kind of seductive to me.  I wonder why they skipped the first daughters of Jerusalem verse? After verse 4….and verse 8? Later in the reading there are voices (and the verses) for the “friends.” The music is pretty cool in the background. If the reading says there are drums, the music reflects drumming. It does help to hear the woman and the man though.
     
    I do see her diminished love, but I don’t see references to geographical places and such; just the Garden of Eden as you stated already. 

  32. -just purchased the E.F. Davis book! 🙂 Excited. 
     

    1. Praying with you Dee for those new ones to not be lost, thankful to David for finding the “glitch”! I’m enjoying Keller’s Psalms too (though Jon sort of “stole” mine, so we read together now), fun to think of us all reading the same. And one note on the old NIV–there is only one remaining online source for searching the 84 NIV if anyone wants it, http://www.biblestudytools.com/john/1.html. My church switched to ESV in 2011, but I still love my old re-covered NIV, my high school graduation gift! It was odd to me though that Keller & Carson endorsed the new version NIV study Bible–meant to ask my RTS professor about that this morning but didn’t get to–I’ll ask him about the Hebrew too, he’s the president at RTS who teaches my class.
       
      Welcome Danielle and all the newest to our family here!

        1. I need to quickly clarify–it is a class the seminary, but not for credit, my goals are not that lofty! This is our 2nd year in Romans–I know Jackie watched a few of the videos from it–he is an excellent teacher! 

  33. 5. Read Song of Songs 1 aloud to yourself. Share any comments, observations, or questions here.
     
    I am struck again by the sensory images in chapter 1…the “feel” of a kiss on the mouth, the tasting that His love is better than wine, the fragrance of His name. In verse 4, “Draw me after you…” leads me to imagine him taking hold of her hand. There is such anticipation in this first chapter and the thrill of new love – it’s kind of “heady”. They can’t take their eyes off of each other. I read through it this morning in both the 1984 NIV and the NASB translations. In verse17, where it says “The beams of our houses are cedars, our rafters, cypresses or firs” there is a reference to 1 Kings 6:9-10 which describes Solomon’s building the temple, using cedars. I am reading another book by Fern Nichols on prayer, and I practiced the first step in prayer as she recommends, beginning with praise, using Song of Song 1…praising Him for His love being better than anything, for His Name being like “purified oil”, or perfume poured out, and an ointment that brings healing.

    1. Susan–beautiful post, always love your depth and thoughtfulness as you study–you brought this deeper for me

  34. Hi, lovely ladies, I signed up for this class because I wanted to do something special for Lent.  I am studying Revelation, part 4, Precept style, and it is a LOT of work so to add this on top of that will be a lot.  I probably won’t be able to spend a lot of time on this study, but my goal is to listen to all the messages, read all of the scripture and read through the whole blog post and pick a couple of questions to answer and action steps to take.  I LOVED Mike Reeves’ sermon and the reading of the scripture.  I am more of a hymn person so the songs were ok.  I loved the message of the Dove’s Eyes song, though, but could not understand the words to the other song.  I will try to find the lyrics to it when I get the time.  I’m going to go back now and see if I can find the previous posts for this study as there was a long message I started listening to but had to quit….I want to go back to it and see if it’s downloadable on my i-pod.
    Thank you, Dee, and ladies for this beautiful study.  I am excited to go through it and excited about the closeness I will experience with our Lord Jesus.
    God bless all of you richly.
    Jean

  35. 1. Tell us your name, (or name you want to use here), perhaps where you live, and one thing, besides the Lord, about which you are passionate.
    My name is Rachel, nickname Pebbles, my initials are R.A.L. the same as my husband’s. Tee hee. I live in a small town between Ft Stewart, GA and Savannah, GA. I am passionate about animals, especially dogs.
    2. Have you ever studied The Song of Songs in depth? If so, what was the central interpretation given? Marriage or Christ? How did you feel about it?
    I have not studied this book in depth, I have heard a pastor discuss this book to a group of young people. He spoke of the analogies within the book and how in our society today, the images painted, would not be what magazine covers today depict as attractive and the words would probably not be perceived as kind but as offensive. He explained that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and brought that around to Christ’s love for us. His presentation discussed marriage and Christ.  … I felt excited to know more of God’s nature, love and plan for marriage as well as hopeful that someone could see me as beautiful.

  36. Dee-I have one of the grandma bibles you mentioned downstairs so I may purchase it. 

  37. 6. Using the story of the return of the prodigal son and the father’s kiss from Luke 15, how would you define a “gospel kiss?” When were you first aware that you had received the gospel kiss? It is the kiss of life (Lk 15:32). My initial response was that the kiss is obviously one of forgiveness but reading it and thinking on it more the father never didn’t forgive his son. The kiss was one of the son changing, not the father. Before the son left I suspect he would not have let the father kiss him? But upon return he is glad to know he never stopped being loved, he never stopped being a son. The father was always there, it was the son who softened and came to receive. The older son is not kissed because he refuses a kiss from the father based on his (the older son’s) own heart.
     
    A gospel kiss is the receiving of one seeking Him in realization of their disparity and His goodness that never changes. So I guess a gospel kiss is a result of a soft heart receptive to God who is always there and always looking for us and always ready to receive us.

  38. 7. What senses do you see involved in this chapter and what does this tell you about your relationship with the Lord? Susan touched on this in another question. There is feel, taste, smell, sight… Hearing isnt specifically mentioned but they speak to each other later in the book. My relationship with the Lord involves all senses which makes sense (pun not intended) because why would He give us senses that didn’t glorify Him or allow us to commune with Him better? The sense that stands out to me the most is smell. Smell that surrounds you and influences all you do. You are surround by smell as it wafts. This speaks to me of the Holy Spirit and His love changing how I walk through life because His fragrance goes with me. 
     
    8. In verse 5 the Daughters of Jerusalme chime in. They are usually interpreted as being those who are watching the bride and beginning to fall in love with this sheperd-king as well. Both she and they say that his love is better than wine. Compare this to Psalm 4:7. What do you learn?  Psalm 4:7 describes the joy of the Lord as abundant wine.
    **(Dee – I think this is supposed to be the second half of verse 4 in chapter 1?)
     
    9. The bride is both an individual and corporate, as is true of the Bride of Christ. You can see this by the way the pronouns vary (verses 2 and 4). Why is it important that we see ourselves both as individuals and also as part of a body? If we saw ourselves only as an individual we would become arrogant and not compassionate to humanity and creation. Thinking we were the only one would harden our hearts and lend us to entitlement. Seeing ourselves as only the corporate body lends us to hiding and never forming true relationship with Christ. You can sit and listen to a preacher in a crowd without ever having a friendship with him or allowing him to get to know you. You have an excuse to not be vulnerable or intimate with the savior of your soul, because I am “just one in a crowd…” This misses God’s heart, He desires not to be just the savior of the masses but the lover of our souls, individually, specifically.

  39. Just a quick (simple) thought but this struck me again this morning–my daily reading yesterday included Judas’ kiss on Jesus, and reading it, after reading here of the kiss of the Father…He took the “kiss of death” so that He can give us the kiss that brings life.

    1. Not a simple thought at all, Lizzy. He took the “kiss of death” so that He can give us the “kiss of life”. Wow! Much to ponder on this! A kiss mentioned in the Bible are very significant.  It might be interesting to look at all the times a “kiss” is mentioned in the Bible, but with Judas’ betrayal kiss, you have hit on one that is VERY significant. How could Judas do that — seemingly saying he loved Jesus (the kiss of friendship) while in reality turning Jesus over to be killed (the kiss of death)?

      On a side note, with our new Middle Eastern family, the mother greets us women with a hug and a kiss on the cheek. They are affectionate, expressive people, I hear. This is their way of greeting. Still, since it is not common with us, it is significant. It takes down barriers. How can you mistrust or hate someone who has kissed you? Just thinking!

      1. Diane–LOVE these added thoughts of depth, oh and I just love the picture of the mother you are hosting greeting you in this way! I had the same thought as you, of searching for other “kisses” throughout Scripture, and yet these 2 examples of Judas and the the Father seem to show the extremes, or rather, the Gospel!

  40.  I just absolutely love Mike Reeves! 

  41. 5. Read Song of Songs 1 aloud to yourself. Share any comments, observations, or questions here.
     
     So, I read song of Solomon chapter 1 to my three-month-old grandson today. It was interesting hearing it read out loud; I don’t typically like to do that kind of thing.  He listened intently, and I had a question pop up in my mind as I read. I wonder if she was an older lady when she was getting married to King Solomon?  The reason I ask is because she talks about neglecting her Vineyard and it seems like she has had to work in the vineyards for a long time.  Just wondering. 

  42. I’m Denise from Mogadore (just outside Akron), Ohio but my heart and blood are in West Virginia! I am passionate about photography, memorykeeping, and storytelling.  I have never studied Song of Solomon as an entire book, but look forward to it.

  43. 6. Using the story of the return of the prodigal son and the father’s kiss from Luke 15, how would you define a “gospel kiss?” When were you first aware that you had received the gospel kiss?
     
    The father of the prodigal son takes the son and hugs and kisses him when he returns. The son is loved and forgiven. I suppose we could make this our Father, who forgives and loves us (the son) when we need it most. He has compassion. The father of the prodigal also gives him the best of everything he has; food, clothing, etc. our Father gives us the best also. Thank you Lord; help us.
     
    when I first received the gospel kiss? Loved by Him often; forgiven, not so sure. This first time I felt His love was when my dad died. I feel Him with me nearly every day. I hope I can feel His forgiveness in my lifetime. Oh Lord how I need Your forgiveness. I am such a sinner ?.
     
     

  44. Hi, Im Kathy from Ft Bragg California. Just found this blog today and cant wait to get started.  I am passionate about my family, Jesus and walking trails near the ocean.  I will probably be a silent participant because I am already behind and dont want to rush through this.  I have not studied th Song of Songs before

  45. 7. What senses do you see involved in this chapter and what does this tell you about your relationship with the Lord?
     
     
    I see touch with kisses, I see smell with fragrance, sight with her  description of herself to the king and jewels, hearing when she says she wants to run away with him, and taste with wine.
     
    I’m not sure I would like to be compared to a horse though…..

    Basically, God wants total immersion with us; five senses, touch, taste, smell, sight, and hearing. He wants all of us!