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Reflections Podcast
Reflections Podcast
Reflections • Episode 25
Wisdom from Sensual Love Poetry?
15m • June 8, 2021

How do we gain wisdom from sensual Hebrew love poetry?

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We all long to be truly seen, known, and loved by God and others. We want to fully give ourselves to these deep relationships. The Song of Songs is about that desire, that dream that imagines the unity of Heaven and Earth. One day this dream will be fully realized, but until then, we have access to unity with Jesus. He invites us into a real and intimate relationship. And in him, we can know a love that cannot be quenched or swept away—a love that can overflow toward others and heal creation.

Bible Reading Song of Songs 8:6-7

Reflection Questions

  1. Think about an inspiring romantic relationship that you've witnessed in real life, a movie, or a book. What inspired you most about it?
  2. What is one feature of that romance that could give you an example of what it means to be in a relationship with God?
  3. What is one thing that might be hindering intimacy in your relationship with God? What is one small step you can take to grow in that area today?

Show Credits

Host: Cheree Hayes Message: Dr. Carissa Quinn Cited: Davis, Ellen. "Reading the Song Iconographically." The Journal of Scriptural Reasoning, 2003. Production and Bible Reading: Dan Gummel Theme music: Grant William Harold Background Music: "A Longing," by Sean Williams

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Malachi 3:16-4:6  –  13m
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Daniel 7:9-14  –  13m
There’s Hope in the Nightmare
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Esther 4:1-17  –  16m
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Ezra 4:1-3, Isaiah 56:3-8  –  15m
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Ezekiel 36:22-36  –  14m
Promise for New Hearts
14m
Lamentations 3:19-33  –  14m
Learning How to Grieve from Lamentations
14m
Jeremiah 4:16-28, 1 Thessalonians 5  –  15m
The Deep Anguish of God
15m
Song of Songs 8:6-7  –  15m
Wisdom from Sensual Love Poetry?
15m
Ecclesiastes 4:4-12  –  15m
One Handful of Rest
15m
Isaiah 42:1-16  –  14m
Power of Metaphor
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How to Live Wisely
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God’s Mercy on Our Enemy
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Message of the Prophets
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What God Does About Suffering
14m
1 Kings 6  –  14m
Redeeming Disappointment
14m
2 Samuel 7  –  14m
Faithful Through Failure
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1 Samuel 2  –  13m
When You Feel Powerless
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How God Treats His Enemies
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When We Walk Out on God
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Understanding Ancient Law
11m
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God's Wisdom on Display
12m
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Gift of Rest
13m
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Meaning of Sacrifice
12m
Exodus 19  –  12m
Rescued for a Purpose
12m
Exodus 3  –  15m
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Wrestling God
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15m

Reflect

Once you've listened to the podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.

  1. Think about an inspiring romantic relationship that you’ve witnessed in real life, a movie, or a book. What inspired you most about it?
  2. What is one feature of that romance that could give you an example of what it means to be in relationship with God?
  3. What is one thing that might be hindering intimacy in your relationship with God? What is one small step you can take to grow in that area today?

Go Deeper

If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.

Message Question:
How did Carissa’s message challenge or encourage you today?

Read: Song of Songs 8:6-7

We all long to be truly seen, known, and loved by God and others. We want to fully give ourselves to these deep relationships. The Song of Songs is about that desire, that dream that imagines the unity of Heaven and Earth. One day this dream will be fully realized, but until then, we have access to unity with Jesus. He invites us into a real and intimate relationship. And in him, we can know a love that cannot be quenched or swept away—a love that can overflow toward others and heal creation. Let’s reflect on this.

  1. While you review today’s passage, list all the figures of speech that the author uses. How many did you find?
  2. A seal can represent permanence or a guarantee. Why do you think the lover wants this sign of security placed on the heart and arm of her beloved?
  3. Review verse 6. How is love like an unquenchable fire? Review verse 7. Why is it that love cannot be bought with money?
  4. Turn your reflections into a prayer. Express how you feel about the seal of God’s Spirit (see Ephesians 1:13-14) and his love that proved stronger than death (Ephesians 5:25-27, Romans 8:38).
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