Mother’s Day – Song of Songs – A Love Song

Barry Buzza May 12, 2019

Introduction: The five Books of Poetry speak to the different aspects of humankind;

  • Job to the yearning cry of the human spirit
  • Psalms to our emotions
  • Proverbs to our will
  • Ecclesiastes to our mind
  • Song of Songs to our bodies

 

Big Idea: The Song of Songs has two messages. One is about sex as God intended within the marriage Covenant and the other is the redemptive relationship and the mystical union between Jesus and his bride.

 

Scripture: 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

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.  Song of Solomon 8:6-7 ESV

 

The story line:  Solomon, King of Israel, recalls the romance with his
first wife.

King Solomon wrote over a thousand songs. This is his “Song of Songs”.

It is a musical drama. Solomon, the young king is disguised as a lowly shepherd and he leaves his palace to explore the common life.

The Shulamite is a beautiful peasant girl (much like Cinderella)
who has to tend the flocks and work hard in her master’s vineyard.
She describes herself.

I am very dark, but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem,

Like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon.

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!  Song of Solomon 1:5-6 ESV

 

The disguised king sees her, and says to her,

You are altogether beautiful, my love;

There is no flaw in you. Song of Solomon 4:7

 

He promises to return and take her. Thinking he also is a poor shepherd, she dreams of him and yearns for him. Then one day there is an excited announcement that the king is coming to visit. Although her heart is set on the love of a fellow shepherd, the king sends riders to the young woman’s home with a message “the King desires to see you!”

 

There’s a chorus of singers asking various questions.

The Shulamite returns with the king to the palace.

She describes her love for him.

My beloved is radiant and ruddy, distinguished among ten thousand

His head is the finest gold; his locks are wavy, black as a raven.

His eyes are like doves beside streams of water, bathed in milk, sitting beside a full pool.

His cheeks are like beds of spices, mounds of sweet-smelling herbs

His lips are lilies, dripping liquid myrrh

His arms are rods of gold, set with jewels.

His body is polished ivory, bedecked with sapphires.

His legs are alabaster columns, set on bases of gold.

His appearance is like Lebanon, choice as the cedars.

His mouth is most sweet, and he is altogether desirable.

This is my beloved and this is my friend, O daughters of Jerusalem.

Song of Solomon 5:10c-16 ESV

 

And Solomon describes his beloved similarly

You are beautiful my love, lovely as Jerusalem, awesome as an army with banners. Turn away your eyes from me, for they overwhelm me.

Your hair is like a flock of goats leaping down the slopes of Gilead.

Your teeth are like a flock of ewes that have come up from the washing;

all of them bear twins; not one among them has lost its young.

Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate behind your veil.

Song of Solomon 6:4-7 ESV

 

The drama describes married love as God intended — mutually satisfying within the bounds of a holy covenant. Three different times, the bride warns other young women:

I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the does of the field, that you not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.

Song of Solomon 2:7 ESV

 

The deeper message

This has always been understood by the Church Fathers as an allegorical description of Jesus’ love for his bride. The Shulamite woman represents all believers, and Solomon is a picture of our Groom. We see a magnificent picture of the love that Jesus has for all of us.

Give thanks to the God of heaven, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Psalms 136:26 ESV.
And the love we should have for him.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  Matthew 22:37-38 ESV

As well as the way a husband should love his wife

Husbands love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.  Ephesians 5:25-27a ESV

 

Finally, there is a promise of Springtime when Winter is over,

the curse is ended, and Jesus comes to take us home to live with him eternally.

 

My beloved speaks and says to me:

“Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away,

for behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone.

The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come,

and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

The fig tree ripens its figs, And the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance.  Arise, my love, my beautiful one, and come away.
Song of Solomon 2:10c-13 ESV