Marriage: the Profound Mystery
 
STUDY 1
In the Beginning
STUDY 2
Paradise Lost
STUDY 3
God's Covenant Love
STUDY 4
Greatest Love Song
STUDY 5
Bridegroom arrives
STUDY 6
Profound Mystery
STUDY 7
Marriage of the Lamb

STUDY 4: THE GREATEST LOVE SONG EVER WRITTEN

Study 4: The Greatest Love Song Ever Written

Marriage – The Profound Mystery

 

A seven-part biblical study on marriage from the Assembly of Confessing Congregations Discipleship and Evangelism Commission

Watch the Video below and then either in a group or as an individual reflect on the questions below. 

Study 4 - The Greatest Love‐Song Ever Written
(Marriage in the Song of Songs)

 

1) The Book called Song of Songs describes the attraction and intimacy between a man and a woman.

 

It begins as they are courting, through to engagement, the wedding, and then through their married years. It is a book that some have felt uncomfortable with because of its imagery and yet it describes the freedom and joy – the gift of a sexual relationship between a husband and wife. It is very positive and destroys any ideas that we might have that a sexual relationship might be bad. In the safe context of marriage it is in fact “very good”.

 

Why is it good to talk about a positive sexual relationship within marriage in Australia 2017?

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2) The engaged woman in this poem is clearly smitten with love for this man.

 

There is ‘chemistry’ between them. She wants to be special to him, exclusively: for him to be her ‘king’, and she his queen.

 

How do we see these strong feelings of love as a gift of God?

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3) The ‘vineyard’ is the relationship, and ‘the little foxes’ are the things that can get in the way of the relationship and do it harm.

 

The man saw that these intrusions needed to be identified and dispatched as they arose, before they did any permanent damage. These ‘foxes’ are present in every relationship, not just in marriage.

 

How might we identify and catch these ‘foxes’?

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4) Every wedding is in a sense celebrated like the bride is a princess and the husband a prince.

 

Whether it be a royal wedding or a shepherd and a peasant girl!

 

What has God laid in the human heart that makes this glory real and fulfilling?

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5) The man in the poem expresses his exclusive attachment to his wife above all others.

 

What are the advantages of this joyful faithfulness?

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6) Close your heart to every love but mine; hold no one in your arms but me.

 

Love is as powerful as death; passion is as strong as death itself. It bursts into flame and burns like a raging fire. Water cannot put it out; no flood can drown it. But if anyone tried to buy love with his wealth, contempt is all he would get (Song 8:6–7).

 

The depth and strength of their marriage has been that it is ‘the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’. It is this one-onone relationship, to the exclusion of all others that enables a couple safely to explore and discover the height and depth and breadth and length of true love. Here they can know a love in life that is ‘for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until we are parted by death’. This is a priceless gift.

 

What does it take to receive such a gift?

 

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