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Song of Songs 1:1 (ESV)
1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.
1 Kings 4:29-34 (ESV)
29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore,
30 so that Solomon's wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.
31 For he was wiser than all other men, wiser than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, Calcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol, and his fame was in all the surrounding nations.
32 He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.
33 He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He spoke also of beasts, and of birds, and of reptiles, and of fish.
34 And people of all nations came to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and from all the kings of the earth, who had heard of his wisdom.
On the Global Top 1,005 songs ever written - going on 3,000 years in row - the Song of Songs comes in again at #1.
There is the King of Kings, the Holy of Holies, and there's the Song of Songs.
It is a book simply about the love between a maiden and King Solomon.
But it is much, much more - it is an allegory of Jesus and his bride.
Many books have been written on this subject including my favorite ones by Watchman Nee and Hudson Taylor.
The song is about the progression of maturing love in a weak maiden which is produced by the ultimate bridegroom lover.
Why it is a practical and important book is because, according to Jesus, being a lover of God and loving others is the fulfillment of all of the Law and Prophets in Matthew 22.
The Spirit is not on a mission to produce brilliant theologians but rather radical lovers of God.
It could be said that the gospel came in order to deliver you from a life of wasted idolatry that you might become a wholehearted worshipper/lover of God.
Highlights and Lessons from this Song:
She begins with an initial desire for the Bridegroom. Song of Songs 1:2-4
Song of Songs 1:2-4 (ESV)
2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth! For your love is better than wine;
3 your anointing oils are fragrant; your name is oil poured out; therefore virgins love you.
4 Draw me after you; let us run. The king has brought me into his chambers.
We will exult and rejoice in you; we will extol your love more than wine; rightly do they love you.
But it is quickly revealed that her heart is not free from the “Eden shame” that plagues us all.
Song of Songs 1:5-6 (ESV)
5 I am very dark, but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon.
6 Do not gaze at me because I am dark, because the sun has looked upon me. My mother's sons were angry with me; they made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept!
We learn, though, that the Bridegroom does not view her the way that she views herself.
Song of Songs 1:15 (ESV)
15 Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves.
Song of Songs 2:14 (ESV)
14 O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the crannies of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
The Bridegroom is drawing her into a relationship of love not a mission of work.
Song of Songs 2:4 (ESV)
4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
The Bridegroom is very expressive about his heart level experience over her:
Song of Songs 4:9-12
Song of Songs 4:9-12 (ESV)
9 You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride; you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.
10 How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine, and the fragrance of your oils than any spice!
11 Your lips drip nectar, my bride; honey and milk are under your tongue; the fragrance of your garments is like the fragrance of Lebanon.
12 A garden locked is my sister, my bride, a spring locked, a fountain sealed.
The Bride does progress into a “forsaking all others” kind of love for the Bridegroom.
Song of Songs 5:10 (ESV)
10 My beloved is radiant and ruddy, distinguished among ten thousand.
The Song reaches its ultimate heights in chapter 8
Song of Songs 8:6-7 (ESV)
6 Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.
7 Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it. If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, he would be utterly despised.
1. Set me as a seal on Heart (affections and thoughts) & Arm (work and activity)!
2. Love is strong as the strongest thing on the planet - death and the grave.
3. The waters of temptation, trial, and tribulation cannot overcome love.
4. Love is the greatest treasure on planet earth.