Song of Solomon (SOS) presents us with a beautiful picture of love, the new romance, dating, courtship, the wedding night, the marriage, challenges, and we are reminded of how the bride was protected for her bridegroom. Depending on where you are in your growth you may see this as a steamy hot romantic story….and it is!! For others of you it comes through as your relationship with Jesus Christ and his pure love for you. And for others it is about God’s relationship with HIS church the bride waiting for the bridegroom to return for her. Any and all of these are correct, it just depends on where you are and where God is speaking to you. There is no right or wrong….it is simply very personal in what God is showing you. The important thing to realize is that all three levels of this story are important to God…our marriage, our relationship with Christ, and our being part of The Church waiting for our Bridegroom.
In reading the SOS I am continually amazed at the honor the bride received/receives. This touches me so deeply… I can’t begin to tell you how….it just does. King Solomon honored his young beautiful bride. He talks about how she was protected for him…..in the same way that God becomes our refuge to protect us individually and as The Church for him. It may be the perfect book for a husband and wife to read to each other on their anniversary, Valentines, or date nights. I have to admit….it gets very hot and steamy. I don’t know all the biblical meanings behind all the words, the specific animals spoken of, and other things. BUT I do know from a strictly literal point of view….it speaks so loudly of how important the respect between husband and wife really is. Look how deeply they appreciated each other. Look at how much they enjoyed each other’s presence, each other’s touch, and becoming one with each other. We are reminded of the fact that God desires for sex to be sacred between one man and one woman. And within those parameters…to be enjoyed as the two become one and remain one flesh. God created LOVE and desires for us to DELIGHT in it…all aspects of it.. all in its proper place and time.
Chapter 1 — They each express their love to each other. The bride is concerned she is not beautiful to him and he assures her that she is rare and more beautiful to him that she knows.
Chapter 2 — They remember the courtship and how any concerns, issues, problems were a breeze to deal at this stage in their relationship.
Chapter 3 — These are dream sequences. We are reminded of how deeply EACH of us wants to be TRULY loved…loved with an everlasting love. God’s love for us is so deep the Word for it in Hebrew is AGAPE and there is no single word in the English language that can define this. It takes MANY words in English to help us barely begin to comprehend God’s love. It is deep, wide, pure, unconditional, everlasting, willing to forgive us any time we ask, gave HIS son for us who was God, pure, and already in heaven so that we could have everlasting life with HIM, and SO much more. I can remember back to my single days and dating many of the wrong guys. It was hard because when things didn’t work out when I desired for them to work…..the feelings weren’t the same….and I felt rejected and lonely. Then when I came to a point where I told Jesus I’d rather be reasonably happy single that married and miserable so YOU pick the man for me, if YOUR plans are for me to marry. And then I met my husband…and through his love of me, his protection of and for me….I began to see how deep God’s love really was/is. We all desire that deep, abiding love, someone we can trust with our deepest secrets and KNOW they will not reject us…and so much more. If you are single, waiting for the spouse that GOD has chosen for you…it IS worth waiting for the person GOD has already chosen for you. If you are desiring a deeper relationship with a living God who loves you far deeper than you could ever comprehend….come to Jesus….let HIM love you….let HIM save you….let HIM comfort you. In our relationship with Christ, the more we turn ourselves over to HIM…the deeper our faith and trust becomes. As our relationship with Jesus grows….we begin to realize how The Church is the bride and being prepared and waiting for the bridegroom. I encourage you to allow your love to deepen with your spouse, with Jesus Christ, and as The Church waiting for our bridegroom. God NEVER fails us.
Chapter 4 — OK… this chapter is HOT…just had to say it…. and it is NOT just because we have entered into the summer season!! WHAT descriptions these are!!! The wedding night when done God’s way …. is so very special…so deeply extraordinary. It is not simply sex….it is the UNION of two into one flesh. “Flesh of my flesh…bone of my bone.” I still recall my wedding day….my older brother stood outside the sanctuary doors waiting to walk me down the isle. My parents were waiting on the front row with anticipation (my Dad could not walk me down the isle due to illness.) The music was playing, the doors opened, and everyone rose to see me. I had my eyes on my groom and he had his eyes on me. I was an arrow pointing toward my groom. For a single moment in time the bride is the focus and then the couple becomes the focus….. the anticipation of the day…the sharing with others….the celebration…and then the honeymoon with an undying desire to be one. “I’m my beloveds and he is mine.”
In a similar but not sexual way…when we come to know Jesus we give our lives to HIM and over our lifetime we learn how to surrender ALL to HIM. God takes us as unclean, dresses us in a beautiful white gown, and proudly shows off his workmanship. We are the arrow pointing to HIS love and glory that HE has made and cleansed us with. As the bride of Christ…the unfaithful become forgiven….simply because we asked and believed. He calls me to honor HIM, love HIM, serve HIM, reach out to others for HIM, offer ourselves to HIM with fearless abandon as HOLY LIVING SACRIFICES (Romans 12:1-2.)
Chapter 5 — This chapter gets you thinking, or it did me. It is another dream sequence where the beloved spouse is gone. I have had those dreams at stressful times and waking from them is terrifying. And we only need to think a little further about — WHAT if we died and did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ…. where would we be?? I for one am grateful that I don’t have to think about that. And the deeper my relationship with Christ has become….the less stress I feel….so the less nightmares I have. Jesus saved me once and for all…HE promised to NEVER leave or forsake me. AAHHHHH!!
Chapter 6 — This is praising the bride’s beauty. There is nothing more beautiful to a husband than his bride coming down that isle. He has been waiting to see her….the doors are open ….. she walks down the isle….and the closer she gets the more beautiful she becomes. He can’t WAIT to get to the honeymoon!! In God’s eyes there is nothing more beautiful than a bride….especially on the day The Bridegroom arrives to take HIS bride, The Church home with Him. I’ve already got my mental bridal gown picked out for that day. It WILL be a glorious day.
Chapter 7 — We end with the deep appreciation they share for each other. I know the fruits, the wheat, the things they mention may throw us off a little but here is what you need to remember….the items used to describe the beauty to them were all precious some very rare items. This is how they saw each other as more beauty than they had ever seen in anyone, more precious than anything thing they had to compare it with…… they desired to touch each other and fulfill each others’ desires. WOW
God has made us precious in HIS sight. HE KNEW us before we were in the womb. HE had conversations with us in the secret places. HE knows every hair on our head, every cell in our body, every every thing there is to know about us….even things we can’t begin to comprehend. God wants us to know how deeply precious and rare we are as individuals and as HIS BRIDE that the BRIDEGROOM will one day return to take as his own.
Chapter 8 — Look at how many people were protecting the woman for her husband!! They were remembering the wall of protection by the family and friends. They had desires, but she was being protected…..the same way we are protected for and by our Lord and Savior.
So, what stood out to you today? Was this more personal to you on a marriage level, about your relationship with Christ, or concerning being part of The Church, HIS Bride??
I would love to hear your thoughts.
BTW… below you will find a picture of a bride as she may have appeared on her wedding day back in Solomon’s day.
Sharing HIS love,
Solomon (Song of Songs) Overview
Tomorrow we read a new book…. and it is HOT HOT HOT, yet very tender.
This book was written by Solomon around the age of 19-20. Scholars believe Solomon wrote this early in his reign before being overtaken by his own obsession with women, sex, and pleasure. It was to tell of the love between a bridegroom (King Solomon) and his bride to affirm the sanctity of marriage, AND to picture God’s love for his people.
The characters of our reading are:
The peasant girl is the bride to be, and then the bride, and wife. Solomon fell in love with the most beautiful woman in the land, Abishag the Shulammite (the woman who cared for David on his deathbed … remember I called her “David’s human heating pad??) She and David never had intimate relations. This peasant girl also represents God’s church and our love and devotion to our God.
King Soloman is the groom and husband. He also represents God.
And then we have the friends who are the friends in the story but also may represent the world watching this magnificent lasting love…..through all its stages.
As I write I want to be very careful because as I write about this book it may be speaking to some of your hearts. If you have stepped outside of God’s will concerning sex and are thinking anything like “but how can he ever forgive this.” Also KNOW if you have been raped or physically abused….that was NOT your fault. That is a totally different scenario, but God can help you get through your pain from such a travesty. Just remember, if you wholeheartedly come before the Lord and ask forgiveness with the desire to repent (turn away completely from the sin) HE PROMISES to forgive us. NO SIN is too big or too small to be forgive from. IN God’s economy—sin is sin…. sin is ANYthing that separates us from God. So he does not weigh one sin heavier than any other. He simply wants us to acknowledge that we know we sinned, confess, repent, ask for forgiveness, and he forgives and forgets.
Now that I have said that, and you KNOW there is NO condemnation here, I may sound like I am really old fashioned but I made my fair share of wrong choices and found God’s truth to be as true today as it was the day it was pinned. God tells us HE is the SAME…yesterday, today and tomorrow…. and so is HIS Word.
The book deals with the topic of sex (I know you are shocked!) In our society today we have become desensitized to what is really right and wrong in so many areas. We have laws for our nation that are totally immoral/wrong in God’s eyes. We do not want to judge others because there is only one true judge and God deals with each of us individually. However, God thinks sex is important and Scripture contains numerous guidelines for its use and warnings about its misuse. The bottom line is that the relationship between a man and woman is a sacred thing before God and HE wants us to keep it sacred and only between one man and one married woman.
The book takes us through their love, courtship, and marriage. There has been and continues to be much debate over this book. Actually when the council of Jamnia in 90 A.D. was affirming the Old Testament books they questioned 5 of them for use in the Synagogues.
The book of Esther — because it does not contain the name God at all
The book of Proverbs — Some passages appeared controversial
Ezekiel chapters 40-48 — because it was conflicting with Moses’ Law
Ecclesiastes — because it was way too Pessimistic
Song of Solomon/Song of Songs — because of its sexual nature
If we stop and think about it…. EVERY emotion we have was given to us by the Lord….so WHY wouldn’t HE want to have a special story for us to read totally focused on the gift of love and the wonderful pleasures that can come from this between a man and a wife. WHY would HE want this omitted?
This book is also known as an allegory of God’s love for His people. Jesus is Solomon and we are his Bride; the church. To the Jews it would be the Exodus, when God took His people to Him. Some say it is ONLY about the allegory. Others say it is the literal meaning of love, marriage and sex. And some say it is Both.
This book discusses Sex (with all its sensuality), Love, Commitment, Beauty and Problems. IF you are married…. I HIGHLY recommend that you and your spouse read it out loud to each other and see what happens!! It has so much depth and meaning!!
Solomon will eventually have OVER 700 wives and 300 concubines. HEAVENS!!!
Now in Solomon’s defense, “back in the day,” this was one way that kings maintained peace in the land. If they married another ruler’s daughter this was a power play and an indication to keep the peace. Unfortunately… multiple spouses was never part of God’s perfect plan. Solomon’s openness to marry not only out of maintaining the peace and as a show of power…..he CHOOSE to marry many women who served idols and false gods. In making his choice….it exposed him to all the “fun” of following our lusts, and this weakened him, and sadly will place great distance between Solomon and God.
Lots of lessons here….but read the Song of Solomon and enjoy…. see how many places you can find references to God’s love for HIS people.
And people think the bible is dull…tee hee… we have a secret because we KNOW it is FAR from dull!!
Sharing HIS love,