Summary: Solomon's love with the young girl from Shunem paralleled to the type of love God desires to share with each of us.
Being Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be appropriate to talk about love and romance. To do that, I want read a passage of scripture from the only book in the Bible that really looks at the feelings expressed between human beings when they care very well for each other. In this passage, that I’m about to read, there’s a group of young girls that have gotten together for some reason, and sometime during there visit they ask (who the Bible calls) “the most beautiful one among them”, “Hey, where’s your husband?” There’s one girl in this group of young ladies that far outshines the rest of them in beauty. ‘And she used to a peasant worker in the farming town of Shunem’ (that’s a city about sixty miles north of the city of Jerusalem; about as far as Marion is from downtown Columbus). Anyway, this group of girls knows that she was recently married. Perhaps they were at the wedding, or maybe it was just known abroad, because in Jerusalem there’s a man that had become infatuated with this lovely woman, and she had also been smitten by him, and one day he asked her to marry him, and now they are newlyweds. I say that this could have been common news in that day, because this wasn’t just any man that wanted to marry this beautiful young lady. The man who married this beautiful girl was Solomon, King of Israel. What we have here in our Bible in the Song of Solomon is a collection of love letters and poetry that they had sent to each other, and also romantic conversations shared between the two of them. As I read through this passage of scripture, I’ll pause throughout, just so we all can be on the same page with who’s speaking to whom. Now remember, ‘this was wrote around 935BC’ , and the language of that day is a lot, let me emphasize “a lot” different then what we use today. For example, I wouldn’t tell my fiancé, “Babe, your teeth…Wow! There’s a white as a herd of sheep that’s just got done taking a bath!” I don’t think she would appreciate that. However, that was considered a compliment in those days. Even though the language is different, the theme is still there—a man and woman madly in love, who are about to get married, and than do so. Song of Solomon chapter six beginning at verse one, I’ll be reading from the NKJV, follow along on the screen if you don’t have your Bible. Would you stand in honor of the reading of God’s Word? So this chapter starts out with the young girls asking the new bride:
1 Where has your beloved gone, O fairest among women?
Where has your beloved turned aside, That we may seek him with you?
The bride answers her friends:
2 My beloved has gone to his garden, To the beds of spices,
To feed his flock in the gardens, And to gather lilies.
3 I am my beloved’s, And my beloved is mine.
He feeds his flock among the lilies.
Now, Solomon says to his wife: