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Lessons from the
Song of Solomon

By Ken Raggio

The Song Of Solomon

No one knows for certain who wrote "The Song of Solomon." It is a romantic dialogue between a greatly enamored woman and her lover - Solomon. She says, "the king hath brought me into his chambers." Sometimes, she shares her excitement with local virgins, the daughters of Jerusalem. Some Jewish scholars interpret the song as an allegory depicting the love between God and Israel. Some Christians apply it allegorically to Christ and His church. Whether or not it was intended to be an allegory cannot be proven either way.

Song of Solomon 1:1 - "The song of songs, which is Solomon's."

He Speaks To Me And Bids Me Come With Him

Whether or not the Song of Solomon was intended to be an allegory representing the love between Christ and His bride, the Church, we can certainly believe that such a love affair does not misrepresent the intense love between Jesus and His saints. A modern meaning might not be found for every line in the song, but I do know that no one ever cared for me like Jesus. He has invited me to spend eternity in His presence.

Song of Solomon 2:10 - "My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away."

I Sought Him Whom My Soul Loveth

The loving bride-in-waiting said, "I sought him whom my soul loveth: ...but I found him not." She arose and went about the city streets, enquiring as she went. Soon, she found him, and would not let him go. "If from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul," Deuteronomy 4:29.

Song of Solomon 3:2 - "I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth."

My Love

The love talk between Solomon and his lover was extremely sensual and affectionate, arousing every emotion, and embellishing every feature. Each spoke flatteringly of the other's beauty, fragrance, sounds, taste and touch. Theirs was the most intimate of relationships. Contrasted with so many stoic, disaffected marriages in modern society, Almighty God, in His word, endorses a far more loving relationship between a husband and wife, and between a Christian and his Savior.

Song of Solomon 4:10 -"Thou hast ravished my heart, ...How much better is thy love than wine! and the smell of thine ointments than all spices!"

He Is Altogether Lovely

Solomon and his lover exchanged affections, but soon he went away and she yearned for his return. She went to the watchmen of the city and to the daughters of Jerusalem soliciting their help in finding him. They asked her why he was so important to her. The reasons for her yearning for him are so much like the reasons why we yearn for the return of the LORD Jesus Christ.

Song of Solomon 5:10,16 - (He is) "the chiefest among ten thousand. ...yea, he is altogether lovely. This is my beloved, and this is my friend."

He Is Gone Away, But He Will Return

The daughters of Jerusalem asked her, "Whither is thy beloved gone, ...that we may seek him with thee?" She answered, "My beloved is gone down into his garden, to the beds of spices, to feed in the gardens." Similarly, Jesus, lover of my soul, has gone away - but to prepare a place for me. "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also," John 14:3.

Song of Solomon 6:13 - "Return, return, that we may look upon thee."

His Desire Is Toward Me

When Eve sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, He said to her, "In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband." But in the Song of Solomon, we see the reverse - the man expressing his desire to the woman. "How fair and how pleasant art thou, O love, for delights!" Does this prophesy the day when Jesus restores the heavenly order - the male's desire toward the woman (i.e., God's love for His bride)?

Song of Solomon 7:10 "I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me."

Love Yearns For Its Lover

The bride expresses her intense desire for her lover to come to her, "Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices." Love has an irresistible attraction. "Love is strong as death." If we truly love our LORD, our yearning to see Him cannot be quenched until He returns. "The Spirit and the bride say, Come. ...Even so, come, Lord Jesus," Revelation 22:17,20.

Song of Solomon 8:7 - "Love cannot be drowned by oceans or floods; it cannot be bought, no matter what is offered." (CEV)

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