FAITH – HOPE – FORGIVENESS by Growing Older


Old Testament Survey The Song Of Solomon

 

Introduction: We now move from the writings of Solomon about the wisdom of God and the

vanity of human wisdom. Here we have a twofold interpretation.

  1. A love story – of marital love as ordained by God
  2. The story of Christ as He loves us. Hebrews 1:8-9: Psalms 45 which is a song of love.

Credible Bible Commentators (Matthew Henry for example) have said that this Book is:

“An allegory,” “ a parable,” “a nuptial song.” Here we read of the expressions of love between a bridegroom and His bride. They are set forth and illustrated showing the mutual affections that pass between God and a remnant of mankind.”

Song of Solomon was written to the Jews. They believed that the ideal marriage union as expressed in this Book, represent the relationship between God and His people, Israel.

Regardless of the interpretation, this song shows the tenderness and beauty of love, both human and divine.  It teaches that God intends for human beings to enjoy physical love within the commandments of which God has given us.

Human writer: Solomon

Solomon 1:1 Refers to this Book as the “Song of Songs.” This means: “The finest of all songs.”

I Kings 4:32 tells us that Solomon wrote 1,005 songs

II Timothy 3:16 tells us “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable,”

The message also has application to us as well as Israel. Ephesians 5:25

The Bible, over and over again, reminds us of love. We are told what to love and what not to love. I John 2:15

The Bible is a love story; every page in the Bible is one of God’s love letters to us. The entire Bible shows WHY God loved the world; HOW God loved the world; and HOW LONG God will love the world.

The Rose Of Sharon: 2:1

  • This express his presence with his people in this world, the easiness of our access to him,                                  and the beauty and sweetness which  we can find in him.
  • The rose, for beauty and fragrance, is the chief of flowers, and our Saviour prefers the clothing of the lily before  that of Solomon in all his glory.
  1. He is not a rose locked up in a garden
  2. all may come and receive benefit by him and comfort in him.
  3. He is a lily for whiteness
  4. a lily of the valleys for sweetness
  5. He is a lily of the valleys, or low places, in his humiliation, exposed to injury.
  6. Lily among thorns: 2:2
  7. the lily is white: the righteousness of Christ
  8. the rose is red: His blood
  9. thorns are the “wicked:” the unsaved in this world; II Samuel 23:6 –
  10. The title of daughter, is often given to whole nations.

          Solomon 5:8-9, refers to Daughters of Jerusalem

  • The “Rose of Sharon” is probably the cistus or rock-rose, several species of which abound  in Palestine
  • lilies were molded on the rim of the molten laver in the Temple: I Kings 7:26

Here’s The Story:  Solomon 2:6

  • His left hand “IS”
  • His hand doth embrace
  • Notice the change Solomon 8:3
  • The word “should”
  • He wants to embrace her, but she won’t let Him … rejection
  • the sadness of folks rejecting Christ as Saviour
  • the sadness of Christians who won’t live for Christ

III. The Bible Is A Wonderful Love Story

  1. 23 times: Solomon mentions the word “love” in this Book
  2. 3 times the word “loves”
  3. 5 times the word “loveth”
  4. Banner of love: Solomon 2:4
  5. the love of Christ is the banner under which we march
  6. He rescued us from the enemy and sat us at the banquet table under the banner of love.                                         I John 4:8  (God is love)
  7. John 3:16 “For God so loved …” God loves sinners
  8. the “banqueting house” of Solomon 22:4 was the Temple
  9. Ephesians 5:25: Christ gave Himself for the Church
  10. we are to win folks to Christ
  11. bring them to the local church where they can be baptized and discipled
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