Daily Encouragement

September 7 – Solomon teaches on conflict resolution

September 7
Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14
2 Corinthians 9:1-15
Psalm 51:1-19
Proverbs 22:24-25

Song 5:1 – Solomon is enjoying fully the gift of intimacy without guilt and shame (Nelson, 103).

Song 5:2-3 – According to Nelson, this is a new event in the relationship. Solomon’s wife is in bed, but he is home late. His wife is in bed, and upset (Nelson, 110).

Song 5:4-6 – By the time his new wife gets to the door to let him in, Solomon leaves upset (Nelson, 111).

Song 5:7 – The watchmen are much rougher than in Song 3:3.  If your beloved is so special, why is he gone?

Song 5:10-16 – The wife responds by sharing why she loves her husband, renewing the lost affection.

Song 6:3 – A great summary of the marriage relationship – I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine. There is no you and me, just us! (Nelson, 129).

Song 6:4-7 – “Rather than displaying silence in expectation of an apology or an angry response, Solomon greeted his bride with genuine compliments, telling her essentially, “You are as lovely as I remember you on our wedding night, and I respect you fully as my wife. You are my delight (Tirzah) and my soul’s refuge of peace (Jerusalem).” (Nelson, 145). “He was forgiving his bride even before she had a chance to ask for forgiveness” (Nelson, 146).

Song 6:13 – JFB notes that Shulamite is a variation of Solomon referring to her taking his name.

Song 7:1-2 – “Solomon complimented what he alone knew to be true about his wife. Wives in Solomon’s time didn’t wear bikinis to the beach.” (Nelson, 164).

Song 7:11-12 – Men can and should be romantic (Nelson, 157).

2 Corinthians 9:5-7 – God’s model for giving! Planned, Resulting, and Cheerful.

2 Corinthians 9:15 – No matter how much you give, you can never outgive the LORD!

Psalm 51:3 – As Ron Hamilton shares in his song based on this, My sin is ever before me!

Psalm 51:16 – We’ve read this before and will read this again – God doesn’t want sacrifices as much as obedience, and failing that, contrition.

Proverbs 22:24 – No we are not to be friends with all men.

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