Hearing the Voice of Jesus in the Song of Songs. This book is designed for a small group, or to study alone. At the end of each chapter are questions to help you grasp Jesus and what He has said. This book is a study of the Song of Solomon, an Old Testament Bible book written by a man considered the wisest man who ever lived. The Bible book itself, is intimate in the physical, emotional relationship between a man and a woman. It is sexual, but the premise of this book by Dee Brestin portrays the Song of Soloman as a love story, physical, spiritual, and emotional between Jesus and his bride, His church.
This is not the first time I have heard this book taught in this way. I once attended a church where the Pastor went line by line to demonstrate this same concept. So I was familiar with this premise before receiving this book, He Calls You Beautiful from Blogging for Books to review. I received no other compensation, the opinions are my own.
This book lists a cast of characters, three stages of love, the depth of God's love, poetry, scripture readings, questions, video suggestions, comparisons, desire, holy kisses, sensuality, bed chambers, prayer time, opinions, the dark and light of the gospel, cries for help, and thankfulness.
It lists a cultivation of intimacy, devotion, passion, God's call to individuals to awaken, cleaving to one, deer, flee to hide, little foxes, that eat at the bases of the grapevines, a quickening, a shepherd king, searching for the beloved, in the wilderness, a tent of protection, one flesh, sexual pleasure before marriage or only after, a warning for fidelity to husband's, and what happens after the rush of the honeymoon is over.
It speaks of spiritual sluggishness, when the knock comes at the door, does the groom know best, or do we, knocking, how much do you really love, the watchman, after the salve comes, is she ready to receive him, and will pleading bring her to her groom again?
It tells of worship, and our journey out of the wilderness, which God is worthy to be worshiped, and
does he live and care about his people, and the humility of praise, do we enjoy God, and is there fruit in your own life, and are you radiant in it?
It responds in the dance, and the beauty of dancing feet early there in the vineyards. The build up to the crescendo of a love better than wine, Eden's garden, and saving the best for last, the first miracle, the strength of love, many waters, finding peace, and expectant vision, "Even so, come Lord Jesus."
"My beloved is mine, and I am his;
He grazes among the lilies.
Until the day breathes
And the shadows flee,
Turn, my beloved, be like a gazelle
Or a young stag on cleft mountains."
This book is physical, but like every word written in the Bible, it is there to turn us to God. A drawing of us to Him, spirit to spirit, in order than He and His great love and sacrifice might be made manifest. That manifestation comes only from a God who loved so greatly that He spelled out in no uncertain terms His desire to be number one in our lives. No human love could express itself in that way, a relationship with a physical human being to a spiritual creator who although aware of our humanity nevertheless is far superior and holy beyond it the ability of a human to fully grasp it.
Yet He sees us, and although we are tainted with sin, and the inability of perfection, we are able to view, take part, enjoy, hope, and receive the blessing of salvation and reconciliation. Justification in blessing, life eternal, a gift freely given, if we have the faith to receive the grace from a work of God, in us. People often say, Christ came to save us, and that is true, but the mortality and flawed human being can receive the gift, but has no power to generate it, only to receive it. The manifestation of a holy, righteous God who reigns supreme, and is love, that is what the Bible tells, and yet He desires to court us, win us, and receive us in His grace and mercy of eternity. The bridegroom coming for his bride, washed clean, made ready, watching and supplied, when the trumpet sounds that He is seen coming in distant sky. The love of God, given, who is love Himself, irrevocable, we are sealed, and guaranteed that we have been made acceptable to Him.
This book is an in depth study designed to help you find the love, the groom, and when he calls to be able to hear him, that it is time to come to him. This book does have some flaws in my opinion, but if you enjoy studies of this type, you might find it a blessing.