Song of Solomon 8:8-14
As we close out our Song of Solomon series, we’ve learned so many biblical principles about having a godly marriage, reconciliation, the art of romance, the gift of singleness, and God’s design for sex. At the end of chapter 8, we reflect on loving our daughters and sisters well as the Shulamite woman’s brothers did.
Scripture clearly teaches us that God designed women to be highly valuable image-bearers of Himself.
“So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” Genesis 1:27
We see in John 4 where Jesus has a conversation with a Samaritan woman at a well. In a culture where women were not viewed as highly valuable, especially Samaritan women, Jesus treated this woman with dignity and respect. He even revealed to her the fact that He is the Messiah. She believed and told her entire town about Jesus.
We were challenged as a church family to love and serve the women of our city well. In our Song of Solomon text, we see that the Shulamite woman’s brothers did this in the absence of a father by protecting their sister proactively and confronting her by guiding her toward repentance when mistakes were made.
We can do the same for our daughters and our sisters in Christ. We can teach them sound theology and encourage them to love God with all of their heart, soul, mind, and strength. We can identify their giftedness and particular value to our local church body. We can lovingly call them to repentance while ensuring we are repenting of our own sins as well.
“But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. Likewise, urge the younger men to be self-controlled.” - Titus 2:1-6
“preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,” - 2 Timothy 4:2-3
How are we using our time wisely to impact the women of our church, young and old, and the women of our city for Christ?
Let’s recognize our role in their growth and stand in the gap where leadership may be lacking in their lives.
As we consider this, we remember that Jesus ultimately stood in the gap for us, all believers, when there was no hope otherwise. Our relationship as humans with God was broken because of sin. We lack the perfect righteousness God requires. Jesus came and dwelled among us; taking on our nature, He lived a sinless, perfectly obedient life of righteousness. He died on the cross, fulfilling the need for God’s wrath against our sins. He was placed in a borrowed tomb and bodily resurrected 3 days later. He sits at the right hand of the Father having accomplished the atonement for sins of all who believe, and making His perfect righteousness ours before God. He stood in the gap and stands in our place as believers.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16
“the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.” - Romans 3:22-26
“But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise."” - Luke 24:1-7
“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” - 1 John 4:10-11