We continue our study of Song of Solomon with the intent of finding Jesus not as the “He” described in the book but by finding aspects of His life in the details. We are searching for prophetic phrases in between the lines. In the beginning of chapter seven, we see a reference to “sandaled feet.” Recall that John the Baptist announced the Messiah’s coming with a specific kind of reverence that elevated Jesus’ glory way beyond his own. John the Baptist said he was not worthy of even untying Jesus’ sandals (see John 1:27). What a statement to make about his own cousin!
In Song of Solomon 7:13, we see the reference to somethings “both new and old” that have been stored up. Recollect Jesus’ words in Matthew 13:52. He said, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.” In saying this, Jesus indicated believers will use Old Testament prophecies to show He is the One who fulfilled them.
There are over 300 specific prophecies in the Old Testament that foretell about Jesus’ life. Some are so specific that the chances of someone fulfilling even just a few of them is off the charts! To name just a few, Jesus’ birthplace in Bethlehem was foretold in Micah 5:2. According to eternalpromises.org, the odds of fulfillment of this one prophecy are 1 in 280,000. Jesus’ death was by crucifixion as foretold in Psalm 22. The odds of this one prophecy are 1 in 10,000. Yet, the prophecy goes even further to predict his clothes would be both divided AND cast for by lots.
The prophecies have so much purpose in the lives of a believer. They prove God is all-knowing. They show Jesus was God’s plan for the beginning—not plan B! They confirm that Jesus is the Messiah—the One we must put our trust in for salvation. Additionally, they authenticate the Holy Bible as the conclusive Word of God. Since Old Testament prophecies have been fulfilled so perfectly, we can conclude the New Testament prophecies that have not yet been fulfilled will also come to pass. These include a new heaven and a new earth where God Himself will wipe away every tear (see Revelation 21). So hold on, my dear friend—the best is yet to come!