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2 Timothy 3:1-5
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
The Song of Songs is a book of wisdom and revelation about wholehearted love.
This, with Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, was written by Solomon who walked in supernatural wisdom.
Solomon wrote 1005 songs, and this is the Song of Songs!
1 Kings 4:32
He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
Most commentators agree that this is an allegory depicting the love between Jesus and his bride.
Song of Songs 1:1- 2:5
The Song of Songs, which is Solomon's.
The Bride Confesses Her Love
2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine; 3 your anointing oils are fragrant; your name is oil poured out; therefore virgins love you. 4 Draw me after you; let us run. The king has brought me into his chambers.
We will exult and rejoice in you; we will extol your love more than wine; rightly do they love you.
5 I am very dark, but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon 6 Do not gaze at me because I am dark, because the sun has looked upon me. My mother's sons were angry with me; they made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept! 7 Tell me, you whom my soul loves, where you pasture your flock, where you make it lie down at noon; for why should I be like one who veils herself beside the flocks of your companions?
Solomon and His Bride Delight in Each Other
8 If you do not know, O most beautiful among women, follow in the tracks of the flock, and pasture your young goats beside the shepherds' tents. 9 I compare you, my love, to a mare among Pharaoh's chariots. 10 Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments, your neck with strings of jewels.
Others 11 We will make for you ornaments of gold, studded with silver.
12 While the king was on his couch, my nard gave forth its fragrance. 13 My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh that lies between my breasts. 14 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of Engedi.
5 Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves.
16 Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly delightful. Our couch is green; 17 the beams of our house are cedar; our rafters are pine.
I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.
2 As a lily among brambles, so is my love among the young women.
3 As an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men. With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. 4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. 5 Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apples, for I am sick with love.
Highlights from this beginning section:
1) After salvation there should be the initial flow of desire for the Lord
Kiss me with kisses of the mouth (intimacy) kisses of the neck of a Father (was forgiveness). This is beyond that.
Love is better that wine i.e. the pleasures of this earth
Anointing oils are fragrant - the Holy Spirit's work and presence are sweet to the senses
Your name is oil poured out - the name of the Lord releases power to overcome the hardness of life
2) Cry for more, helpless with out grace - "Draw me and we will run after you"
3) The Lord's first deep work of grace after salvation and initial love - "The King brought me into his chambers" - Secret place to hear his voice more clearly.
Revelations of his love and of who I am are given.
4) This place of revelation releases a deeper understanding of two things - I am dark (weak and broken) and I am lovely (passionately loved by Jesus)
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
1 John 4:19
We love because he first loved us.
5) This chamber experience often brings trouble but also gives grace for enduring trouble:
Song of Songs 1:6-7
Do not gaze at me because I am dark, because the sun has looked upon me. My mother's sons were angry with me; they made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept! 7 Tell me, you whom my soul loves, where you pasture your flock, where you make it lie down at noon; for why should I be like one who veils herself beside the flocks of your companions?
6) The Lord's second deep work of grace after salvation is the brining into the banqueting house (Literally: House of Wine) where we go beyond hearing him to literally savoring him.
Song of Songs 2:3-5a
As an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men. With great delight I sat in his shadow, and his fruit was sweet to my taste. 4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. 5a Sustain me with raisins; refresh me with apples,
7) The savoring of him leads to being sick with love or lovesick with Jesus.
Song of Songs 2:5b
5b for I am sick with love.
In the last days only those that deeply love the Lord will stand against the powerful temptation of the enemy and the anti-Christ system.
Being love sick with Jesus not only releases pleasure in life but it also releases endurance in trial and power over temptations.