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The Power of Love: Part II

Life In Christ Bible Study
Power of Love: Part II (Continuation)
Scripture: Song of Solomon 8:5-14
November 5, 2022

Presented by Michael Webb

Open It

  1. *What do you consider to be the most powerful emotion? Why?
  2. What kinds of problems crop up in a relationship sooner or later?
  3. When does romantic love tend to fade from a relationship? Why?

Explore It

  1. What question did the Friends ask? (Song 8:5)
  2. What events happened under the apple tree? (Song 8:5)
  3. *What did the Beloved ask the Lover to do? ( Song 8:6)
  4. *How did the Beloved describe love? ( Song 8:6-7)
  5. What question did the Friends ask about their sister? ( Song 8:8-9)
  6. Who helped the Beloved prepare for the day of her marriage? ( Song 8:8-9)
  7. What had the Beloved become like to Solomon? ( Song 8:10)
  8. What did the Beloved say that Solomon had? ( Song 8:11)
  9. What did the Beloved say she had? ( Song 8:12)
  10. What did the Lover say he wanted to hear? ( Song 8:13)
  11. *What did the Beloved invite her Lover to do? ( Song 8:14)

Get It

  1. *In what way is love strong and unyielding?
  2. How is love like a blazing fire?
  3. In what way is love unquenchable?
  4. How does the Beloved reflect upon her childhood and her courtship?
  5. What do the words of the Lover and Beloved in 8:13-14 recall about their relationship?
  6. *What do the verses and this book say about physical love between a husband and his wife?
  7. In what ways do we take love for granted?
  8. How can we keep the passion and commitment in our marriage?

Apply It

  1. What can you do this week to rekindle the flame of romantic love in your marriage?
  2. *What commitment will you make to honor love and sex within marriage and not to abuse it?



Song of Songs 8:5-14 (KJV)
5  Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee.
6  Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.
7  Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned.
8  We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?
9  If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.
10  I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.
11  Solomon had a vineyard at Baalhamon; he let out the vineyard unto keepers; every one for the fruit thereof was to bring a thousand pieces of silver.
12  My vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon, must have a thousand, and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred.
13  Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it.
14  Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.


The Power of Love: Part II

What was God doing before He created the Universe?

Our finite minds find it hard to comprehend that before the universe was created, God existed alone. We know from John 1:1 that Jesus also existed: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The preincarnate Christ was intimately united with the Father, so as to partake of His glory and to be appropriately called God. He has Himself explained it in John 17:5: “And now Father, glorify Me with Yourself with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”

We also know that the Holy Spirit was present before we were created. Genesis 1:2 describes the Spirit “hovering over the face” of the dark and formless earth. So, before time even existed, God existed in three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The Trinity existed in perfect harmony and flawlessness, having all they needed in one another. David said in Psalms 16:11 that “joy and pleasures forever more” are in the presence of God. That means to be in the presence of God carries with it an overwhelming sense of joy, fulfillment, and pleasure. Before creation, God felt complete joy and fulfillment as He perfectly beheld and communed with Himself. God has and always will experience complete joy because He has complete and perfect knowledge of Himself.

So before He created the universe, God experienced absolute satisfaction in Himself. God dwelt joyfully alone in eternity as the Trinity. These three were together in fellowship with one another from all eternity. They loved each other. We know at some point they discussed the redemption of mankind (Ephesians 1:4-5; 2 Timothy 1:9; John 17:24), but everything else lies in mystery.


What was God doing before He created the Universe?

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