My Beloved is Mine, and I Am His

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Morning 27 August 23

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Psalm 56:12–13 ESV
12 I must perform my vows to you, O God; I will render thank offerings to you. 13 For you have delivered my soul from death, yes, my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.
Genesis 2:15–25 ESV
15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” 18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
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Song of Solomon 2:16 ESV
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his; he grazes among the lilies.
Introduction
We come now to the third of the four ‘tests’ of what a true experience of love is.
Desire v14
Determination v15
Duality v16 - ‘The condition of being dual’
Development v17
We consider the third of these today. It is the Shulamite who is speaking
Come now to a vital principle in both the relationship between the couple and also our relationship with our Lord.
This is one of the loveliest statements in the whole of the Bible. It comes to the heart of this book, it describes the glorious relationship that exists between God and his people. Two other times a similar statement is made.
Song of Solomon 6:3 ESV
3 I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine; he grazes among the lilies.
Song of Solomon 7:10 ESV
10 I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me.
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1. An Intimate Relationship

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Song of Solomon 2:16 (ESV)
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his; he grazes among the lilies.
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Genesis 2:24–25 ESV
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
Mark 10:7 ESV
7 ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,
Matthew 19:5 ESV
5 and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
1 Corinthians 6:16 ESV
16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.”
Ephesians 5:31 ESV
31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”
Psalm 45:10 ESV
10 Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear: forget your people and your father’s house,
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2. A Satisfying Relationship

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Song of Solomon 2:16 (ESV)
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his; he grazes among the lilies.
Song of Solomon 2:16 (NKJV) — 16 My beloved is mine, and I am his. He feeds his flock among the lilies.
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Ephesians 5:22 (ESV)
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.
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Ephesians 5:25 ESV
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her,
Ephesians 5:28–29 ESV
28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,
1 Peter 3:1–2 ESV
1 Likewise, wives, be subject to your own husbands, so that even if some do not obey the word, they may be won without a word by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they see your respectful and pure conduct.
1 Peter 3:7 ESV
7 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.
We turn now to what we see of Christ’s love for us
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5. An Intimate Relationship

Song of Solomon 2:16 ESV
16 My beloved is mine, and I am his; he grazes among the lilies.
Genesis 2:24 (ESV)
24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.
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a. My Beloved is Mine

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An Exposition of the Book of Solomon’s Song; Commonly Called Canticles (Chapter 2)
She says, “my beloved is mine.” She first asserts her interest in Christ, and then his interest in her; for Christ is first ours, and then we are his because he is ours; he loves us before we love him; he first gives himself to us, and then we give ourselves to him. John Gill (Baptist pastor and theologian mid 18th Century)
God’s Gift
2 Corinthians 9:15 ESV
15 Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!
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An Exposition of the Book of Solomon’s Song; Commonly Called Canticles (Chapter 2)
By possession: we have him and all things pertaining to life and salvation with him; we have him in us as the hope of glory, dwelling in our hearts by faith, living there as in his own house and temple, and reigning there by his grace and Spirit, as in his own palace. John Gill
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b. I am his

An Exposition of the Book of Solomon’s Song; Commonly Called Canticles (Chapter 2)
Now from Christ’s being ours, it follows, 1. That all he has is ours; all his perfections are ours; not that they are communicated to us, for that would be to deify us; but they are all engaged for our eternal good and welfare; we have the comfort of them. Is he the Almighty? then he is able to save us from law, sin, hell, and death, and to keep and preserve us safe to his kingdom and glory. Is he omnipresent? hence saints enjoy his gracious presence, in all places, in all his ordinances; he can be with them, when and where he pleases. Is he omniscient? he knows their persons, their wants, their enemies, John Gill
Ephesians 5:31–33 ESV
31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
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2 Peter 1:10 (ESV)
10 Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall.
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Galatians 4:8–9 (ESV)
8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods. 9 But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless elementary principles of the world, whose slaves you want to be once more?
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Philippians 3:8–10 ESV
8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
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6. A Satisfying Relationship

Song of Solomon 2:16 (ESV) — 16 My beloved is mine, and I am his; he grazes among the lilies.
Psalm 23:1–3 ESV
1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
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An Exposition of the Book of Solomon’s Song; Commonly Called Canticles (Chapter 2)
by these lilies may be meant the scriptures of truth, the precious promises and comfortable doctrines of the gospel, and the ordinances thereof, with which Christ feeds his church. John Gill
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John 6:48–51 ESV
48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
Conclusion
An Exposition of the Book of Solomon’s Song; Commonly Called Canticles (Chapter 2)
Christ leads and feeds his people in “green pastures, beside the still or quiet waters;” and what can be more delightful than to lie down among, or to sit and feed where lilies grow? John Gill
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Psalm 79:13 (ESV)
13 But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever; from generation to generation we will recount your praise.
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Isaiah 40:11 (ESV)
11 He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.
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Revelation 7:17 ESV
17 For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
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