Song of Solomon 1

Song of Solomon 1 is a collection of poetic songs that is unique in the Bible.  It doesn’t really seem to fit scripture in some ways, but in other ways looking at it through different approaches, it can give us some important truths.  Some see the book as a story about the love of God for His people, while others se it primarily about the love between husband and wife.  In either case, we know this is “The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s”.  God chose to include it in His Holy Bible and we need to do our best to apply it to our life.  It very likely may apply to both.

The song begins with a passionate plea of desire.  “Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth”!  Love causes us to want to receive and experience our beloved.  We can see two key things here.  She is not weak and passive but seeks his love.  He is someone who is a leader and is worthy of respect.  Almost 2/3 of the verses in the Song of Solomon come from her rather than him.  And the impact of his love is strong.  “For your love is better than wine”.  It is intoxicating to her and whe wants to enjoy it more and more.

Spurgeon said this about the love relationship between Jesus and His people.  In his sermon titled Better than Wine, he drew forth two main points:

  1. Christ’s love is better than wine because of what it is not:
  • It is totally safe, and may be taken without question – you can’t take too much.
  • It doesn’t cost anything.
  • Taking more of it does not diminish the taste of it.
  • It is totally without impurities and will never turn sour.
  • It produces no ill effects.

2. Christ’s love is better than wine because of what it is:

  • Like wine, the love of Christ has healing properties.
  • Like wine, the love of Christ is associated with giving strength.
  • Like wine, the love of Christ is a symbol of joy.
  • Like wine, the love of Christ exhilarates the soul.

Solomon praises the Shulamite woman.  “Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves”.  In spite of her comments that she isn’t as beautiful as she may have liked (“My mother’s sons were angry with me; they made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept”), certainly the king saw her as beautiful.  And she responds in like manner.  He points out how he loves her, and she likewise shared words of love and respect of his character throughout this interaction.  Love is the key thing a woman needs, while respect is the most important need of a man.  God covers that through this chapter and reminds us how important it is to communicate and connect in a way that works.

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