He is the Lover's Dream
Song of Solomon 8:7a
Song of Solomon 2:16a
A Brief Background
The Song of Solomon, in the Old Testament, shows mankind a divine model for a husband and wife as it patterns the relationship between Jesus and His church.
Before proceeding into the study of the Song of Solomon, I want to give out some interesting information that I found:
- In the KJV (King James Version), the Song of Solomon contains 8 chapters, broke down into 117 verses, broke down into 2,661 words.
- In my NIV (New International Version, the Song of Solomon contains 8 chapters, broke down into 117 verses, broken down into 2,450 (+/-) words [leaving for human (me) error].
In understanding the book of Song of Solomon, on should know that there are four different interpretations given to the book:
- It could be a literal "back and forth" between a husband and his wife.
- It could be known as an example of the love that God has for His chosen people, the nation of Israel.
- It could maintain the relationship between Jesus and His church.
- It could tell of the great intimate love between Jesus and the individual believer.
There is a conversational flow to this book between the bridegroom and the bride. It depicts the courtship of King Solomon to a Shulamite woman, a shepherdess, and the joys and difficulties of being in love.
Spiritually speaking, this book shows Israel as God's betrothed, of the churches upcoming marriage to Jesus. There is a specialness in the love of a man and a woman as they become husband and wife, and the parallel is the love that God has for Israel and that Jesus has for His church.
Bible Word Count
Jesus, Lover of my soul
In Song of Solomon 5:10-16, we get a physical description of the perfect lover. He is of pure character, his eyes show deep devotion and elevated emotion, his lips speak of his great love for his bride and they call for his bride to come to his side, his outstretched arms beckon his bride into his waiting, loving embrace and his legs prove to be agile and able in strength and duty of ruling a kingdom.
John 3:29--"The bride belongs to the Bridegroom. The friend who attends the Bridegroom waits and listens for Him, and is full of you when he hears the Bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete." Jesus is the Bridegroom preparing for the marriage between Him and His church. We, as believers, as members of His church, watch with joyful anticipation while we joyfully serve Him until He comes to gather us unto Himself.
I have an earthly husband, Mark. He is my all and all for my physical being on this planet. He loves me, cherishes me and adores me. His character is noble towards me in that he is not mean or antagonistic towards me. I am submissive to him, I fall under the authority God has instituted in Mark for the sanctity of our marriage and of our family; I am not subservient to him in that I do not tend to his every whim as a servant would. (Big difference between being submissive to my husband and being subservient to my husband.) Mark's eyes have a way of pulling me into him because he is devoted to me and to our marriage and family. Every emotion that Mark has can be seen through his eyes. (I find his one droopy eye very sexy.) Mark has a set of lips that speak words of love and words of wisdom, the words that come from his lips provide passion and tenderness, even through the authority that he has. In Mark's arms, I find warmth and strength, love and protection. For me to fall asleep in Mark's arms at night is to know I am protected; for me to awaken in Mark's arms is for me to know I am loved.
In Jesus, in my spiritual faith walk, I am an anxious bride about to marry the only Man who will ever be able to offer me freedom and everlasting life. Jesus, came from Heaven to Earth as the perfect Lamb of God, and, in His perfection, He makes me worthy and perfect. In Jesus' eyes, I am worthy of love, respect and honor such as I have never known before. The words that Jesus speaks to me are filled with compassion and love, of want; His compassion for me drives His love for me, as He wants for me to trust Him and have faith in Him. In His outstretched arms, I find warmth and protection and freedom and security all rolled into one. There is nowhere that I would rather be than in the arms of my beloved Savior, who cradles me and protects me from the pits of Hell. His Kingdom will soon be established for ever and ever; I do not need to do His "job" for Him as He is more than able to take care of that which belongs to Him.
The Graphic Nature Of
Do you feel that the Song of Solomon is too graphic in its content for the church?
In Isaiah, He's the Prince of Peace. The first 39 chapters of Isaiah tells of the judgment that will fall on Judah because of her continued sin. Chapters 40-66 provide the hope and comfort of the exiled people. There are plenty of messages of encouragement through the prophecies of the coming Messiah.