Others say the book is an allegory of God and His relationship with the church. Still others claim that theory is nonsense. So, this non-theologian dove into its commentary, read sermons online, and studied old textbooks to see what I could find out about this poetic book.
The journey took me in lots of different directions. But, regardless of your views, consider the following interesting observations pertaining to this Old Testament book.
Here are 10 surprising teachings from Song of Solomon: This book is made up of different sections which show the progression of the relationship between King Solomon and his beloved, and it starts with a courtship. Clearly, the characters in Song of Solomon are deliriously happy over their mutual growing affection. They long for one another in an intimate way but demonstrate restraint. This world needs a lot more courtship and restraint.
Song of Solomon inspired worship. It was one of the first songs I gravitated to when I began to listen to Christian music—when I realized I needed to change what I was putting into my mind and wanted more of Jesus. Song of Solomon 8: It burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame. God can and will use our weaknesses for His glory. King Solomon was known for having a lot of wives, and I mean a lot.
So, one can assume that this book must have been written early in his life, prior to accumulating his harem, as his women are often called. And yet in that same breath, as my chuckle released, it hit me that God used an imperfect man and his greatest weakness—women—to highlight the strength of a true and loving marriage relationship. God's banner over you is love. No matter where an army marched or sailed, a banner proudly flew high over them, announcing who the men, horses, ships, and arms belonged to.
Song of Solomon 2: To think God wants to affirm flawed and sinful humans as his beloved stirs my soul with joy and contentment. I hope it does for you too. The honeymoon phase will end, but the marriage doesn't have to.
After courtship, the couple marries, and they live happily ever after, right? The happy newlywed period ends, and since most accounts believe the whole book or song takes place between one and two years, we can assume the marriage becomes challenging pretty quickly. This is a great example of the reality of marriage.
The Hallmark Channel does a great job of showing a couple falling in love and making it to the altar, but they stop there. Perhaps because love gets tough after the I dos. Marriage is a lifetime commitment and takes hard work, but the mature love shown at the end of Song of Solomon is a beautiful picture of the intimacy God desires couples to share. Song of Solomon was written as a love song, but God used it for so much more.
In fact, God is only mentioned in some translations in verse 8: It shows that God wants us to long for and desire our spouses. Compliments should be the norm in a love relationship. My husband is pretty good at this. Studying this book reminded me to do a better job of telling him, in the moment, how amazing he is. When in doubt, use comparisons. King Solomon loved similes and metaphors. He was a master at weaving words together, and the reader clearly sees the passion and adoration taking place between this couple.
He also never compares their love to anything unbecoming. Is this you too? Maybe we should take a tip from King Solomon and use more positive comparisons in our love language to our spouse.
A friend told me that when her marriage was in trouble, God told her to look for whatever was true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and admirable Philippians 4: My friend also said when her words towards her husband changed to praise, her marriage began to heal. Look out for stumbling blocks in relationships. This is specifically referring to the love relationship between the couple here but can be applied to our love relationship with God as well. Anything that has the potential to disrupt or put a wedge in a relationship could be like these foxes that seek to ruin the vineyard, such as selfish ambition, lust, unforgiveness, jealousy, and mistrust.
Be on guard in both your marriage and your relationship with God to not allow these hindrances to sneak in and steal something that is good away. We should bring exclamation marks back! There are many exclamation points in Song of Solomon. But sometimes placing an exclamation mark on the end of a sentence is so satisfying! It cues the reader to raise the voice in their head and give the word an emphasis it would otherwise lack.
This is refreshing considering the book is a love story between spouses. She cherishes her Southern roots and currently lives forty-five minutes outside of Atlanta, GA.
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