Song of Solomon: Introduction

INTRODUCTION

A Song of Love—A Song of Desire

The Song of Solomon typifies the love song between the Messiah and his Bride. The very first verse refers to it as the Song of Songs. It is the Song of songs in the same way that the most holy place in the tabernacle is the Holy of holies, or that Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords — it is the best of its kind.

When you compare it to the book that precedes it, Ecclesiastes, you see that Ecclesiastes is an exposition of the Vanity of vanities. The writer of Ecclesiastes shows us a life spent pursuing everything under the sun — the wrong things in the wrong way. In the Song of Solomon, we find the pursuit of only one thing: a relationship with the King, which after its final consummation shows us that knowledge alone cannot bring satisfaction.

The Song speaks of rest from wandering and tells us that man can only reach satisfaction through love. The Song of Songs presents the King as a type of the Lord Jesus Christ in all the triumphant life of his resurrection and ascension. The Shulamite maiden is a type of the believer who longs for a fuller experience of Jesus. The maiden‘s experience represents that of the individual believer.

The heartbeat of the book speaks of spiritual communion. It is a book for the heart. The Song deals with the path of the believer who is actively pursuing the Lord. It addresses those who desire and long for a fuller experience of Christ. The King speaks of the Shulamite maiden who represents this type of believer as the choicest of all lovers:

There are 60 queens, 80 concubines, and countless virgins,
but she is unique, my dove, my perfect one.
Her mother thinks she is unique.
She is pure to the one who gave birth to her.
Her sisters saw her and blessed her.
Queens and concubines saw her and praised her
(Song of Solomon 6:8-9 )

This is what Jesus desires for his Bride, his dove. As his beloved ones, this should encourage us to keep ourselves pure for him. God is always ready to pour out his grace and accomplish all kinds of work in those called by his name. Unfortunately, those who allow that grace to work to its full end are few. The choice is yours.

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”
And let him who is listening say, “Come!”
And let every one come who is thirsty
(who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which
the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened)
And whoever (earnestly) desires to do it,
Let him come and take and appropriate (drink) the water of Life without cost
(Revelation 22:17 Amplified Version)

Lift up your heads, O gates, And lift them up, O ancient doors,
That the King of Glory may come in!
Who is the King of Glory?
The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory! (Psalm 24:9-10)

Nickolas
Doulos Studies

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