Today's passage: Song of Solomon 2:8-2:17
- The woman continues to long for the day she and her shepherd can be together. She also depicts his actions and words which evidence he too is eager to be with his bride.
- She speaks of various obstacles to their love. There are things that need to be cared for, overcome, and protected in order for them to be able to come together.
- Spring time is often depicted as the time for love. With the spring weather, new life begins to emerge. That new life is to be enjoyed and protected from outside dangers.
Questions to consider:
- What are some of the experiences of love that could be compared to the joy of taking in the beauty of spring? What are these two young people doing as they eagerly await their special day? In what ways can the “freshness of spring” in love be maintained and enjoyed throughout marriage?
- Why do those hungry foxes need catching? What were they going to do in verse 15? What are some “foxes” that can spoil the vineyard of love prior to and during marriage? What are some ways that a man and woman can protect the integrity, purity and joy of their relationship?
- Knowing the connection to the picture of Christ and the church as his bride, what “foxes” can capture away our attention to our relationship with Him? How can we protect and fertilize the vineyard of our relationship with Christ?