Song of Solomon: Sleeping in the Will of God
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I. God cares about our pleasure and has plans for its fulfillment (Joy Results from Choosing what's best -Philippians)
Loyalty: Obedience; Valuing; Exclusive 1st to God. Then 2nd othersLoyalty; Other-centered; Valuing; Edification; Sharing/Serving
II. Pure passion arises from purity: Don't waken. Don't defraud. 1) Leave, 2) Cleave, 3) One Flesh?Unity Gen 2:24
A. Doing God's will opens the door for Him to meet our needs, so we're free to meet the needs of others. 2Cor 9:8 grace abound
B. Timing SOS 2:11 the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. 12 flowers appear on the earth; Do Objective to Know Subjective
C. ZZZZ SOS 2:7 I charge you, by the gazelles or by the does of the field, do not stir up nor awaken love until it will delight/please (3:5, 8:4)***
D. Defraud = selfishly promise but not deliver 1Thess 4:1 we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus...how you ought to walk and to please God; 2 for you know what commandments we gave you through the Lord Jesus (Jn 14:15***). 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification-holiness: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified. 7 For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. 8 Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
E. Kill: Gal 5:24 those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Rm 12:1-2 living/ongoing sacrifice Mt 19:12
F. Sleep: God will give what's best, when it's best. Ps 27:13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of Yahweh In the land of the living. 14 Wait on Yahweh; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on Yahweh!
III. Foxes: inadequacy [affirmation], insecurity [trust], insensitivity [repentant seeking], ingratitude [appreciation], infidelity [commitment]
SOS 2:15 Catch us the foxes, The little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes. (no enduring grapes, no wine)
A. Inadequacy SOS 1:6 Do not look upon me, because I am dark, the sun has tanned me...but my own vineyard I have not kept
B. Insecurity SOS 3:1 I sought the one I love; I sought him, but I did not find him. 5 Don't stir up nor waken love until it will please
C. Insensitivity SOS 2:16 My beloved is mine, and I am his 6:3 I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine. 6:10 I am my beloved's
Other-centeredness/Reciprocity 1Cor 7:4 The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 32 But I want you to be without distraction. He who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord - how he may please the Lord. 33 But he who is married cares about the things of the world - how he may please his wife. 34...The unmarried woman cares about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy/separate both in body and in spirit. But she who is married cares about the things of the world - how she may please her husband. 35 And this I say for your own profit, not that I may put a leash on you, but for what is proper, and that you may serve the Lord without distraction.
D. Ingratitude SOS 6:1 Where has your beloved gone, O fairest among women? Where has your beloved turned aside [appreciation]
E. Infidelity SOS 6:8 There are sixty queens and eighty concubines, and virgins without number. CU Legacy Project commit to institution
IV. “Friend or Foe” Truthbase Friendship: commonality (values/interests); self-denial (skill set), serving needs, other-centeredness;
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