Today we would be looking at the the Songs of Solomon chapter 3
Song of songs is a book of the Bible you come across at wedding ceremonies. A phase from this book is almost incorporated into church wedding ceremonies.
The book describes the joy and mutuality, beauty and power, agony and ecstasy of human sexual love. It speaks of marriage as it ought to be –
The setting of the Song of Solomon gives recognition to wedded love. It declares the sacredness of the marital relationship and that marriage is a God–given institution. It shows us what real love is. It talks of its beauty, power, agony, ecstasy and its eternal quality of true love.
Today we see a lot of sexualization which many people seem to think is good. but knows little about true love.
This book depicts the beautiful intimacy of marital love between a man and a woman from courtship to marriage. And allegorical the communion of Jesus Christ- the Redeemer and the individual believer.
The whole of the book of Song of Solomon is a song. A poem.
In this study, the tools we would use for this study are
- Who, What, When, Where, and How tool
- What does it mean?
- How does it apply to me today?
So let’s dig in and turn the bible to the Song of Solomon of chapter 3
Who, What, When, Where, and How tool
The lover had a dream where she could not find her beloved.
The watchmen saw the lover searching for her lover
The lover searches for him and when she found him, took him to her mother’s house
The lover admonishes not awaken love until the time is right.
There is an eloquent description of the wedding. A preparedness of both the lover and the beloved as they proceed to the institution of marriage.
Using the What does it mean tool?
To the couple we can see them get or involve the consent of their mothers or family in their courtship as it progresses.
We see the lover take the beloved to her mother’s house. Also we see the beloved crowned by his mother on the wedding day.
I was wondering why a reference was made to the mother’s house. This may reflect ancient Israel marital custom now unknown to us. If we read about when Issac got married to Rebeecca in Genesis 24:67, there was mention of him taking his bride to his mother’s tent.
The wedding day was the most joyous day for both the lover and the beloved.
Now let’s look at the Allegory of this poem.
Like the lover , the individual Christian must search to be more acquainted and remain connected with the Redeemer Jesus Christ. When the believer sees that their connection seems lost due whatever may be going on around them, they must press on in the quest to remain connected to the redeemer. Holding unto Christ, and not letting him go.
Wherever the individual chrisitan find Christ, the individual chrisitan should take Christ home with him or her. As the lover took the beloved home to her mother’s house.
Christ’s company is never intrusive, if the individual believer lets go of their communication or relationship with Jesus Christ the redeemer, Christ will not force himself in the relationship. The obedience of the believer is not exerted by force by Christ. Rather the believer’s obedience should be out of love. So if we chose to follow Christ, the individual believer must be ready to choose to mainteman the companionship of the by holding unto Christ.
How does it apply to me today?
The allegory of this song speaks to us today. To share our discovery of Christ with our family and friends. To hold unto Jesus Christ and follow him. To recognize that our daily choices will either help to continue to hold unto to Jesus or will be taking us away from our hold unto Jesus. It also reminds us that God gives us the choice of free will. While He will not force his instructions on us, we are wise to hold unto the redeemer and choose Him freely.