There are many schools of thought on the Song of Solomon. Some say it’s no more than a love story between King Solomon and a Shumannite woman, others say it is a love story between Jesus and the Church, or a story of a woman who rejects the advances of the king and marries who she is vowed to, and some say it has underlying messages retelling the entire story of the bible(https://prepareforthelamb.com/2013/09/11/song-of-solomon-tells-the-bible-story-beginning-to-end/ ). It is interesting to note that the Jewish people read the Song of Solomon each Passover. They are taught that is a love story between the Jews and their God. That being said, it would make sense that this book is also a book of the love of Jesus for us; His Church. However, some words in the Song of Songs really throw me off and yet other words seem almost symbolic of Christ.
Some words/phrases symbolic of Christ in Song of Solomon : fragrances mentioned: Myrrh and Frankincense, the door (Jesus is the Door –Revelation) “He brought me to the banqueting house, And his banner over me was love”, leaping upon the mountains, My beloved is mine, and I am his. coming out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense. 4:7And there is no spot in you 4:15 A fountain of gardens, A well of living waters 5:4 My beloved put his hand by the latch of the door 5:7 They struck me, they wounded me; altogether lovely, set me as a seal upon your heart, and the mentioning of a fig tree when ripe.
The Song of Solomon ‘in words alone’ is a love song between a King and his bride, but woven throughout the words of this song is a message of love for you. This Song of Solomon is actually a love letter to you from the Lord. You see, His love for you is so immeasurable, so indescribable, so wide and so deep that we cannot understand how much He loves us. He knew that we could understand this love between king and his Bride- we can describe that love, read it and understand it. Now take that love the King and the bride had for each other and multiply it to infinity— and there we have the Love God has for you- a Love so wide, so deep, so great– a love indescribable and immeasurable- so much that He sent His only begotten son that whosoever would believe in Him should be saved. That is what the Lord wants you to know as you read this Song of Solomon.
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. In his unfailing love, my God will stand with me. But you, O Lord, are a God of compassion and mercy, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever (His love endures forever is written 42 in the bible)
Eph 3:18-19, Ps 59:10.85:15, Is 30:1, 1 John 5:10, 1 John 4:9-11, Ezra 3:10, 1 John 4:8-10
Three things I found interesting about this King and his bride:
1-They chased after each other, ok, maybe “chase” isn’t the correct word, but they both went out looking for each other. She went out searching for him and he would come to find her and visit her. SS 2:1 I sought him, but I did not find him and SS 2:4 I found the one I love.
This relationship required them both seeking each other out. The bible says all day long the Lord opens up His hands calling us- He is always calling us, always seeking us, always knocking. But are we seeking Him? All day long he’s knocking at our hearts, do you hear it? Charles Stanley said that He knocks all day long, but when we’ve ignored that knock on our heart for too long, we don’t even notice it anymore. He’s knocking, He’s calling. The bible tells us what to do:
Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near. “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. The Lord will stay with you as long as you stay with him! Whenever you seek him, you will find him. But if you abandon him, he will abandon you. If you seek him, you will find him. But if you forsake him, he will reject you forever. Search for the Lord and for his strength; continually seek him. The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise if anyone seeks God. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Spend your energy seeking the eternal life that the Son of Man can give you. For God the Father has given me the seal of his approval.” Is 55:6, kAct 17:27, Ps 105:4,2 Chron 15:2, 1Chron 28:9, 16:11, Ps 14:2, Matt 7:8, John 6:27,
2- They both praised each other and expressed their love to each other. She praised him and he expressed his love to her as he spoke. The bible is a love story to you from your Creator, and surely you know how much He loves you when you stop and think about what Jesus did for you. What is our part? We need to Praise Him and express our love back to Him just like the Bride in Song of Solomon did.
Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deedsPraise the Lord, all you who fear him! Honor him, all you descendants of Jacob! Show him reverence, all you descendants of Israel .. All who seek the Lord will praise him. Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy. Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord; it is fitting for the pure to praise him. With every bone in my body I will praise him: “Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?” Why am I discouraged ?Why is my heart so sad ?I will put my hope in God !I will praise him again—my Savior and my God. They shouted, “Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hail to the King of Israel!” The Spirit is God’s guarantee that he will give us the inheritance he promised and that he has purchased us to be his own people. He did this so we would praise and glorify him… And from the throne came a voice that said,“Praise our God, all his servants ,all who fear him ,from the least to the greatest.1 Chron 16:9, Ps 22:23, 22:26, 33:1, 42:5, 42:11, joh 12:13, eph 1:14, Rev 19:5
3-She didn’t want to get out of bed when he called. When she finally got up to answer the door, she had missed that opportunity, “I was asleep but my heart was awake. Listen! My lover is knocking.”
I opened to my lover,
but he was gone!
My heart sank.
I searched for him
but could not find him anywhere.
I called to him,
but there was no reply.
The night watchmen found me
as they made their rounds.
They beat and bruised me
and stripped off my veil,
those watchmen on the walls.SS5:6-7
How many times have you heard Him at your door and didn’t answer? When He calls you are you too busy? The Shumannite didn’t want to get out of bed to get the door….. he calls you to spend time with Him all day and in the night, are you too tired to get up or do you answer the call? He is calling, He is knocking at your door-answer it and call on Him before it’s too late. Don’t miss any opportunity. And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened luke 11:6-10
Now is there another story of the Israelites in the SOS? Perhaps! Solomon was a wise man and skilled in riddles and wisdom. There just might be more to this that the eye can see. I’ve read through this book over and over this week until I could finally figure it out and I did see a lot of symbolism in reference to the story of Egypt and the redemption of Israe. (click here for my discoveries: https://prepareforthelamb.com/2013/09/11/song-of-solomon-tells-the-bible-story-beginning-to-end/) I even found it up to the prophets and ending with the King saying “Call to me, I want to hear your voice”, and the woman’s last words “Come Back Quickly”. Sounds like the Lord’s call to us and us waiting for His return. This would take the writing of a book to explain, so I’ll stop here and keep it brief.
There is so much more to this study, here are a few subjects I found is Song of Solomon that require more study:
1-There Is No Spot In you4:7 7 You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you.This verse would certainly explain the bride of Christ. By His Blood we have been make clean. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west ps 103:12
2- Study of Shumannites in the bible: 2 Kings 2:17-21 Abishag the Shumannite, another beautiful girl chosen for King David, and 2 Kings 4:8-17 A shumannite called a “great woman” who would make sure the prophet Elisha always had a place to stay when he passed through her town, taking care of him and giving him food.
3– You are God’s bride: “I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband. But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.) 2 Cor 11:2 Mat 25:1-10, Rev21:2- 9
4-The Marriage: Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. Rev 19:7, 9
5-The Word Chamber-“He brought me into His chambers” Throughout the old testament the word chamber was a place to hide, a private place, a place for the king. (sounds like theSecret Place, the Holy of Holies)
6- Flock: Then Jesus said to them, “All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night, for it is written: ‘ I will strike the Shepherd, And the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ “Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. Matt26:31, Luke 12:32, John 10:16
6-Fragrances – given to Jesus at His birth and before His death
JONI EARECKSON TADA “When I approach the Lord in prayer, I relate to Him in different ways. Occasionally I talk with Him as my elder brother, which He is. If I’m under spiritual attack, I’ll go to Him in prayer as the Captain of my soul. He is my friend when I want to pour out my heart. I even have single friends who look up to the Lord as their husband, as it says in Isaiah 54:5. Lately, I’ve enjoyed relating to my Savior as the lover of my soul. And when I want to tell the Lord how much I adore Him, I use the language of love in theSong of Songs. This beautiful book of the Bible is more than just a love poem; it’s a picture of the love relationship between the Bridegroom and His bride. From your heart, tell Jesus that He is the fairest of ten thousand. Praise Him for being altogether lovely. Let Him know that His love is better thanwine. He is the rose of Sharon, the lily of the valley.” (From “Women’s Devotional Bible” and “Diamonds in the Dust” )