Summary: This is the 16th sermon in a series of messages from this book of the Bible that is seldom used in our churches. It gives us better understanding of the messages God wanted us to see.

The Song of Solomon 16

Song of Solomon 7:10-8:4

Introduction: No one enjoys admitting failure. However, when

failure is inevitable, one, who is honest, must admit it. The only

other alternative is to live in a state of denial.

Solomon was beaten. The words of the Shulamite affirm this in an

undeniable declaration to the king and to the court ladies.

1. The Shulamite’s last declaration. - Song 7:10

"I am my beloved’s, and his desire is toward me."

- Was she rude? I think not, for this was not and has not been her

way. She has been gentle yet firm with the rest of the harem and

with the king.

- She declares, "I belong to my beloved shepherd, not to you!" The

king had given his final advance toward this girl. He had stated his

final plea. Without hesitation, she says she belongs to someone else.

- Solomon had expressed his desire. Now, the Shulamite says of her

shepherd, "...his desire is toward me."

- Secure in the love of her shepherd, she had no desire for anyone

else. She needed no other king; she had someone to whom she had

pledged her love and allegiance.

2. The Shulamite’s last call. - Song 7:11-8:3

"Come, my beloved, let us go forth into the field; let us lodge in

the villages. Let us get up early to the vineyards; let us see if the

vine flourish, whether the tender grape appear, and the pomegranates

bud forth: there will I give thee my loves. The mandrakes give a

smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and

old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved...O that thou wert

as my brother, that sucked the breasts of my mother! when I should

find thee without, I would kiss thee; yea, I should not be despised.

I would lead thee, and bring thee into my mother’s house, who would

instruct me: I would cause thee to drink of spiced wine of the juice

of my pomegranate."

- As the Song of Songs continues and nears its conclusion, we have

found that Solomon had promised to elevate her to the highest place

and to raise her above all the other concubines and queens if she

would comply with his wishes; but faithful to her engagement, she

refused all his advances on the plea that her affections were pledged

to another.

- In these few verses, she, once again, calls out to her beloved to

come and take her away.

- She expresses her desire that her shepherd be close to her instead

of far away as he has been. She wants him close like family is close.

- The harem had despised her, Solomon had tempted her, but her

shepherd had respected her. She wanted him only!

3. The Shulamite’s last charge. - Song 8:4

"I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, that ye stir not up, nor

awake my love, until he please."

- She, again, charges the rest of the harem, to not try to change her

mind. She was steadfast and sure in her resolve to be faithful.

- Horatio Palmer penned "Yield Not to Temptation."

Yield not to temptation, for yielding is sin;

Each victory will help you some other to win;

Fight manfully onward, dark passions subdue,

Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through. (Refrain)

Ask the Savior to help you,

Comfort, strengthen and keep you;

He is willing to aid you,

He’ll carry you through.

Shun evil companions, bad language disdain,

God’s Name hold in reverence, nor take it in vain;

Be thoughtful and earnest, kindhearted and true,

Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through. (Refrain)

To him that o’ercometh, God giveth a crown;

Through faith we shall conquer, though often cast down;

He Who is our Savior our strength will renew;

Look ever to Jesus, He’ll carry you through. (Refrain)

The Shulamite was able to say "no" to the many temptations and

allurements presented to her by the court-ladies and King Solomon

himself. How was she able to withstand these allurements and remain

faithful to her shepherd?

The same way we can withstand these allurements and remain faithful

to our Good Shepherd. Here is the picture God paints for us:

- The shepherd pictures the Saviour.

- The Shulamite pictures the saved.

- Solomon pictures Satan.

Our weapons against temptation are powerful if only we would avail

ourselves upon them. We must understand some facts about temptation:

- It is real. James 1:14 states, "But every man is tempted..."

- It is dangerous. James 1:14 again says, "But every man is tempted,

when he is drawn away..." It will draw you away from God’s plan for

your life.

- It centers around you. James 1:14 tells us how this happens, "But

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