Weekly Study Questions

Song of Solomon 8:6-7, "Sexual Desire - The Flame of The Lord"

  1. There seems to be two themes that run throughout the book. The theme of the intense desire to seek and find another, along with a second theme interwoven in the first of physical attraction. In what way does the creation account of man and woman in Genesis 1:27, and the command in Genesis 1:28 explain this desire and physical attraction?
     
  2. In light of the command in Genesis 1:28 to obviously engage in sexual relations for the sake of children, how does The book of the Song of Solomon help us understand that God had additional reasons for the creation of sexual desire beyond procreation?
     
  3. In Genesis 2 God creates a suitable helper or literally a "corresponding one" for Adam to live life with. What does it mean to be a corresponding one? How is that "corresponding" initially expressed in Gen. 2:23? In what way is Adam and Eve corresponding ones to each other?
     
  4. In what way(s) does Song of Solomon portray the longing to be known and to fully know another? In what way was that need to" be known and to fully know another" a part of God's observation that it was not good for the man to be alone (Gen. 2:18)?
     
  5. In Genesis 2:24 we have the biblical foundation of marriage. Explain that foundation and God's design for it to lead to oneness? What does it mean that they are to "become" one flesh?
     
  6. Why is it important to God's objective for marriage (two become one) that we understand that marriage requires a leaving of the old to create a new family?
     
  7. How does the leaving of family in marriage not negate the command to "honor our father and mother" in Exodus 20:12? What does it mean to "honor"?
     
  8. In what way do the following types of intimacy help couples become one with each other? Sexual Intimacy? Emotional Intimacy? Intellectual Intimacy? Spiritual Intimacy? Communication Intimacy?
     
  9. In what way can intimacy that is based primarily on sex displace all the other avenues of intimacy and ultimately frustrate God's objective of two becoming really one?
     
  10. In what way does 1 Corinthians 7:3-5 warn and instruct us about sex in marriage? In what way does this passage illustrate the power of desire we see in Song of Solomon and it's potential for blessing or destruction? Why is it important that we submit and follow these instructions for the good of our marriages and the fulfillment of God's objective of Oneness for our marriages?
     
  11. Consider and compare the love that we see illustrated for us in the Song of Solomon with the love that we see outlined for us in 1 Corinthians 13. Why are both important?
     
  12. In Revelation 2:4-5 there is a prescription given by God to those who no longer feel like they love someone? What is that formula? How does the formula speak to the issue set forth in this passage that they "left their first love"?
     
  13. How does one "leave their first love"? How can following the instruction of remembering- returning-repeating found in Revelation 2:5 help us love our spouse again? In what way can the things that we have learned about love in Song of Solomon apply as we do the things that we did before? What were those thing?
     
  14. What have you learned from the Song of Solomon and how are you going to apply it?