Song of Solomon 1:1–4:16
The Song of Solomon is another very unique book in the Bible. At face value it’s a beautiful love story between King Solomon and his beloved Shulamite. There are different characters in this “drama” and you can follow along as this couple goes through the different stages in their relationship:
1. Falling in Love – courtship (1:1-3:5)
2. United in Love – marriage (3:6-5:1)
3. Struggling in Love – problems (5:2-7:10)
4. Growing in Love – progress/permanence (7:11-8:14)
Not only is this seen as a simple love story between Solomon and his beloved Shulamite, some also see it as a love story between God the Father and Israel – or – God the Son (Jesus) and the church (the Bride). It’s beautiful to consider the deep and intimate love relationship we have with the Lord.
I recently taught through this book filled with much symbolism, so if you wanted to study it more in-depth, feel free to check out the links below
Often times couples neglect that romantic part of their relationship – and we shouldn’t. There should be kisses, there should be expressions of love, there should be cologne and perfume (we should want to smell good for each other). There should be compliments. It may not sound romantic that Solomon compared his girl to a “filly among Pharaoh’s chariots,” but it was. He was telling her how exciting it was to be with her!
When Solomon tells her that she has dove’s eyes (Song of Solomon 1:15) – it’s a way of saying they only have eyes for each other! That’s the way it should be between couples.
When Solomon compared his girl to all other girls, there was no comparison. She was like a lily among thorns (Song of Solomon 2:2). Do you husbands out there see your wife like that? We should. Tell her!
Here’s a phrase we’re read repeatedly:
Song of Solomon 2:7b (NKJV) “Do not stir up nor awaken love until it pleases.”
Song of Solomon 2:7 (NLT) “Promise me, O women of Jerusalem…not to awaken love until the time is right.”
The right person at the right time. Don’t hurry “love,” because it might not be true love. I like to tell my children to wait on the Lord, and wait for that man who truly loves you. Be careful single people…let the Lord lead you. If you don’t, you might stir up or wake up a monster.
When the Lord brings the right person into your path – we can answer that invitation – we rise up and come away to a new life, a new adventure. This couple is now engaged, they’re beginning to realize the importance and even permanence of marriage. They’re beginning to realize that when they get married they will belong to each other.
Song of Solomon 2:16a (NKJV) “My beloved is mine, and I am his.”
This truth is also taught in 1 Corinthians 7:4.
Song of Solomon chapter 3 begins with a dream (or nightmare) in which the Shulamite couldn’t find her beloved. When she found him she wouldn’t let go (Song of Solomon 3:4). And that’s what the Scriptures tell us to do when we get married, we leave all other “relationships” and cleave to our spouse (we never let go).
Song of Solomon chapter 4 is filled with compliments that Solomon had for his wife. Nowadays these words might not sound all that flattering, but back in those days, this was big-time romantic. Solomon saw only good in his wife:
Song of Solomon 4:7 (NKJV) “You are all fair, my love, and there is no spot in you.”
They do say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
It’s easy to do when you’re a new couple, but maybe you’ve been married for a while and you need to open your eyes a little wider (maybe a lot wider). What was it that brought you two together in the first place? What attracted you to each other? What qualities do you appreciate in your spouse. Tell them what they are, or maybe even write it in a note, a letter, or a card.
I’ll close this section with a beautiful expression of the way his wife had captured his heart, and even an expression of their bond of faith. My wife is not only my lover, she’s my sister, in Christ…and I’m eternally grateful for that!
Song of Solomon 4:9–10 (NKJV) “You have ravished my heart, My sister, my spouse; you have ravished my heart with one look of your eyes, with one link of your necklace. 10 How fair is your love, my sister, my spouse! How much better than wine is your love, and the scent of your perfumes than all spices!”
I’ll never need wine again…the Lord’s gift of salvation, my wife, and family are wonderful and sufficient sources of joy that exceeds anything wine or worldliness can ever offer!
2 Corinthians 8:16-24
Paul closes the chapter with assuring the Corinthians that there would be great accountability financially in carrying the gift to Jerusalem. Titus was among that team of disciples responsible to transport the donation, along with two other well-known brothers chosen by the church to accompany them. This would keep everyone accountable, this was honorable, the team was responsible, and therefore blameless and above reproach. It’s tragic today to see so many ministers steal God’s money. Billy Graham said that the three things that will ruin a minister are, “Pride, women, and money.” It’s for that reason there must be many, many safeguards, checks and balances, in the area of church finances.
Titus was a blessing because he earnestly cared for the people – God put that care inside of his heart (2 Corinthians 8:1).
Paul was blessed that the Corinthians were willing to help the poor saints in Jerusalem – he saw it as love in action, as love proven (2 Corinthians 8:24).
Judgment begins in the House of the Lord among His people (1 Peter 4:17), so it is of utmost importance that there be no hypocrisy among us, especially us leaders.
God’s not interested in ruts, and religious rituals, in the so-called “sacrifices,” after all He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10).
God wants us as His people to live a life of gratitude and obedience (Psalm 50:14).
God wants us to pray in the day of trouble, to truly seek Him wholeheartedly.
Psalm 50:15 (NKJV) “Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”
The wicked (in this context pointing to hypocrites in God’s house) don’t have the right to declare God’s statutes (teach) or even claim to be God’s people (Psalm 50:16). The wicked don’t obey God’s Word, they even hate God’s Word:
Psalm 50:17 (NKJV) “Seeing you hate instruction and cast My words behind you?
A heavy, heavy warning is issued to us the “so-called” saints of God, and anyone who may be tempted to forget Him (Psalm 50:4). Attached to the warning however, is a way out, a blessing to consider:
Psalm 50:22–23 (NKJV) “Now consider this, you who forget God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver: 23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”
Manny…you better behave…you’ll be gracious blessed if you do!
Proverbs 22:22, (NKJV) “Do not rob the poor because he is poor, nor oppress the afflicted at the gate; 23 For the Lord will plead their cause, and plunder the soul of those who plunder them.”
I’m always amazed at the audacity of the rich and heartless businessmen and crooks who oppress or take advantage of the poor in order to line their wallets even further.
When is enough, enough? Will it ever move from business to benevolence?
This God-given proverb commands us NOT to rob or oppress the poor, for the Lord sees it all. He will plunder the SOUL of those who plunder the poor. It’s a heavy warning.
One day…justice will be served.
If you have any questions or comments on today’s reading, or you’d like to share something the Lord showed you, feel free to leave a reply below. I’d love to hear from you as we grow forward in 2021.