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Bible Trek 2016 - Song of Solomon

Solomon wrote three thousand proverbs one thousand and five songs, the best of which is the “Song of Songs” recorded in the Bible. It is a love song between two parties; Solomon, the king and a Shulamite country girl. This poetic writing begins with her request: “Let him kiss me with the kisses of your mouth! For your love is better than wine; your anointing oils are fragrant; and your name is as ointment poured out…Draw me and we will run after you.” He reciprocates by asking her to come away with him. During these eight chapters there is a back and forth exchange of these two lovers with the lines being somewhat blurred; not knowing if it’s he or she speaking. What begins with two, eventually seems to consummate into one as she progressively becomes more like him. He compliments her in a very meaningful way, likening her first to a “mare” among Pharaoh’s chariots (1:9), and then tells her that her eyes are beautiful, “like doves” (v.15). She admits that she is a” rose of Sharon, a lily among the thrones” (2; 1-2). He likens her to a “dove in the cleft of a rock” (2:14), and then to “pillars of fragrant smoke” (3:6). She is further compared to a “couch” or bed for Solomon (3:7), and then a” palanquin” (3:9). He says that she is “a fountain in gardens”, a well of living water (4:15). She asks him to blow upon her garden, so the spices could flow (4:16). Finally he calls her a” beautiful city”, then an “army” (6:4), and a “wall” (9:10). All these pictures are very poetic and spiritually meaningful, describing her growth in the spiritual life. Some have questioned whether this book should even be in the Bible due to its senative, romantic material. Actually this Old Testament book is a picture, totally experiential, and even though it doesn’t mention God’s name, it portrays a divine romance between God and redeemed man. It speaks to our personal experience and grow in the divine life to match God positively, and our negative tendency to become spiritually satisfied and even complancent. So there is the need a continual and deeper drawing from God and a continual denying of our self to rise up to follow our dear Lord (5:6). This is way beyond our natural understanding; that God wants to court and marry a corporate female, the church that makes herself ready for the bridegrooms return, (Rev. 19:7). Even though the experience is personal, she asks him where he shepherds his flock, the church, which is vital for her growth and continuation. From this picture we see that the Bible is a divine romance and that God want a people to love, grow in maturity, and match Him.

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