Song of Solomon 3 (blog by me)

Song of Solomon 3:1-4 starts out with a search like every love story should. Men and women are not born knowing who they will choose to marry. It starts out with dreams and admired characteristics. It sometimes ends in several failed attempts at relationships. Then after a long search, you find the one you marry! In the same way, every individual must seek God and when they find Him must make that decision to give their lives to Him. Then shouldn’t we constantly be searching His Word to know Him more? If we truly love Him, we will! Does the Lord seek humans too? Yes! Like a good shepherd, He leaves the ninety-nine for one lost sheep because He does not want anyone to perish (see Matthew 18:12-14).

Song of Solomon 3:6-10 tells about King Solomon and his carriage. For me, this imagery brings to mind Jesus’ death and resurrection. Verse 6 tells us the king was perfumed with myrrh just as Jesus’ body was before His burial (see John 19:38-42). Verses 7-8 tell us the carriage is escorted by guards just as Jesus’ tomb was (see Matthew 28:1-15). In verses 9-10, we get an image of the king coming out of the carriage wearing a crown. How like our King Jesus who emerged from His tomb to be crowned with “glory and honor” (see Hebrews 2:9).

Thanks for studying the Word with me today! May God bless you and keep you, and may His face shine upon you. I praise our Father for helping us to know Him more in His Word and with the Spirit of Truth living in us. If you haven’t made the decision to give your life to Christ, make it today! He loves you enough to seek you out. Do you love Him enough to accept His generous offer to pay for your sins? I hope so!

Song of Solomon 2 (blog by me)

Song of Solomon 2 is filled with imagery of blooming flowers and fruit. In verse 2, we read about “a lily among thorns.” This verse tells about One who is different than the others (and much more beautiful). When Jesus was conducting His ministry on earth, He was constantly under threat of religious people who were nothing but thorns. They claimed to bear fruit but never did. They were hypocrites, and Jesus symbolized His distaste for hypocrites when He cursed the fig tree that bore leaves but had no fruit. Yet when His disciples received the Holy Spirit, they became a fig trees that formed its early fruit (see Song of Solomon 2:13). Let’s recall Matthew 3:16 tells us the Spirit of God descended on Jesus like a dove. Verses 12 and 14 both make mention of a dove.

Let’s look closely at the captivating line in Song of Solomon 2:4. It states, “…let his banner over me be love.” That is what God stands for. That is what He intends to do. Instead of feeling intimidated or afraid, we can relaxed in His protection and know that we are covered by His love. We are provided for by His love. Our love has a future. We have been invited to the banquet with Christ (see Revelation 19:9).

Our future comes with a warning in verse 7: “…Do not arouse or awaken love until it so desires.” God’s people should not fall for the false teachers that will come before Christ returns (see Matthew 24:4-5). These imposters are like foxes that ruin the vineyard (see Song of Solomon 2:15). If we stand firm to the end, we win the true prize of being with our beloved for eternity.