Song of Solomon 6 opens with a group of friends offering to help a desperate woman find her beloved. Then describes how he has “to his garden, to the beds of spices, to browse in the gardens and to gather lilies.” Recall that Jesus’ body had been wrapped in linen and spices (see John 19:39-40) and laid to rest in a garden tomb. If you are familiar with the book of John, you will find this situation to be very reminiscent of Mary Magdalene weeping outside Jesus’ empty tomb (see John 20). Two angels appear to inquire about her tears. In her desperation, she seems indifferent to the fact that angels have appeared. She then accuses the gardener of taking Jesus’ body, but then realizes the man she is talking to is not the gardener but the risen Lord Jesus Christ! I’ll add that lilies are currently a traditional funeral flower because of the promise of new life that it gives. Even after a harsh winter, a lily will spring right up from the ground and deliver large elegant blooms.
Jesus’ resurrection is our promise of new life. If God has risen His own Son from the grave, He will raise us (His adopted children) up as well. 1 Corinthians 15:20 states, “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” In Colossians 1:18, He is called the “firstborn from among the dead.” The risen Jesus means those of us who have trusted Him for salvation should have no fear of death. Like Him, we will be raised up to live! Glory be to His Name forever and ever!
Song of Solomon 4 continues this beautiful expression of love culminating in verse 7 with these words, “You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you.” In this context, we can see that the one person is admiring the physical beauty of his lover. However, we can remember that sometimes Scripture holds dual meanings especially in reference of the coming Messiah. It was presented in a veiled way that was only later understood with the explanation of the resurrected Jesus Himself (see Luke 24:27). It’s possible that “no flaw in you” refers to the unspoiled, sinless life of Jesus Christ, who was compared to an unblemished and spotless lamb (see 1Peter 1:18-19). 1John 3:5 states, “You know that [Jesus] appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.” It’s not that He wasn’t tempted; it was that He chose not to sin out of love for His Father (Hebrews 4:15). In this knowledge, we can rest assured He understands our temptation and know that He understands exactly what we are going through. He is our perfect example.
Skipping ahead to verse 15, we see reference to “a well of living water.” Where have we heard that before? Of course it is when Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well (see John 4). In John 4:10, Jesus encouraged her to ask Him for “living water.” She is confused by His offer, but He goes onto explain the living water results in eternal life (John 4:14). Later, Scripture reveals that the living water is the Holy Spirit (John 7:39). The Holy Spirit is what Jesus promised to His disciples would be even better than if He were still physically with them again. In this way, the Lord can be with all who believe simultaneously giving us power and praying for our individual needs. See the advantage God has given to those who believe? He is with them guaranteeing His promises!
If you have not put your faith in Jesus Christ to pay for your sins, isn’t it time for you to trust in Him? When you make that choice, you too will have a Helper in the form of the Lord’s Spirit living inside of you—guiding you into the light of eternity. What a gift from above! God is good!
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 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.
One of my favorite books of the Bible is Song of Solomon (aka as Song of Songs). There is no other book that so closely resembles my relationship with Christ than this one because it is based on an intense love relationship. Many have sought to determine some kind of symbolism between Christ and his bride–the church in this book, and I can see it. Yet, that is the beauty of Scripture. We can discern different things from it as the Holy Spirit reveals it to us. For me, the professions of love in Song of Solomon speak my heart for Christ.
It is easy to see Christ in the first chapter of Song of Solomon. We have some major clues with key words from Jesus’ life. In verse 8, we encounter shepherds. Not only was Jesus considered a Shepherd (John 10), but shepherds visited Him in His manger (Luke 2:8-9). In verses 11 and 13, two of the three gifts brought to Jesus by the magi are mentioned–gold and myrrh. In verse 12, nard is mentioned. Nard is the fragrance Mary poured on Jesus’ feet (John 12). Verse 11 also makes mention of silver–the precious metal that served as payment to Judas for his betrayal (Matthew 26:15).
For me, the clues in Song of Solomon add up to yet another prophecy of Christ’s life. All of this in addition to simply being a beautiful song that captures the heart of believers everywhere. Read Song of Solomon chapter one for yourself, and tell me what from your own heart do you see the Holy Spirit showing you in the Scripture?
Once at a funhouse mirror maze
A nightmarish sight caught my gaze
Hundreds of me stood all bloody
A wound for each thought “I’m ugly”
Lord, help me love myself for the rest of my days.
You are altogether beautiful, my love; there is no flaw in you. —Song of Solomon 4:7
© 2016 Kim Bond
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