This greatest of Solomon’s songs is about his marriage to a shepherdess. Solomon wrote 1,005 songs and this is his “Song of Songs,” or “Solomon’s greatest hit!”
After spending four weeks contemplating the Love of God in sending His Son into the world as the Sacrifice for Sin, I wanted to consider it a bit more deeply as we bridge the gap from Advent back into our study Spiritual Gifts where we will pick up in 1 Corinthians 13 with a study of what our love is supposed to be like. In the Song of Solomon we see his love for his bride and her going from love to complacency and back again. His love is steadfast and patient. As she lies in bed and cannot bear the thought of putting on her robe and dirtying her feet to let him in, He knocks patiently at the door. Though he has gone by the time she gets around to opening the door he is right where he should be as her desire is rekindled by his visit in the night.
In spite of her failings and her seeing herself as dark and unkempt(Song of Solomon 1:6), He is overcome by her beauty.
Song of Solomon 6:4-5 O my love, you are as beautiful as Tirzah, Lovely as Jerusalem, Awesome as an army with banners! 5 Turn your eyes away from me, For they have overcome me. Your hair is like a flock of goats Going down from Gilead.
From here he describes her beauty and his desire for her all the way through Chapter 7:9. I admit that this song can get a bit racy at times. It is about the love of a man and his bride. But it is a pure love that takes us back to the Garden of Eden before sin entered the world. The desire that is a part of that love is a picture of the love that Christ has for His Church.
Ephesians 5:30-32 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
All marriage is meant to be a picture of this. The desire and care of a husband in a pure marriage relationship represents Christ’s love for His Bride. All of the Bible points toward Christ and His work of Redemption. The Song of Solomon is no different. As we consider the love that we have or should have for our spouse we need to consider that it is a pale shadow of the desire that Christ has for His Church, His Bride.
Luke 11:31 The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.
So let us see the Anti-Type of this song and consider His love for us if we have entered into the covenant with Him, knowing that though we fall short He still sees us as overcomingly beautiful!
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