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Summary: The Song of Solomon is a picture of a beautiful relationship between a husband and a wife, and it is also an allegory for our loving relationship with Jesus our Saviour.

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IT’S A LOVE STORY #1: FIRST LOVE

INTRO TO THE SONG OF SONGS:

“The song of songs, which is Solomon's.” (Song 1:1, NKJV).

• Three names to this book: Song of Songs, Song of Solomon, Canticles (Latin for song).

• Author: Solomon: “And God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding, and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore… He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five.” (1 Kings 4:29,32, NKJV).

• Solomon was an amazing song writer, and this is like his greatest hits collection.

• This is a series of love songs between a husband and wife.

QUOTES ON INTERPRETING THE SONG OF SOLOMON:

• Is this 8 chapter book of the Bible merely a love story between a husband and a wife, or an allegory between God and Israel, or Jesus and His bride, the Church?

“The oldest documented interpretation of the Song of Songs sees it as an allegory. This position was well established by the first century of the Christian era…” (Denis Kinlaw, the Expositor’s Bible Commentary).

“Although there have been a number of interpretations of this book, the most obvious interpretation is no interpretation at all. That is, it is simply what it purports to be – a romantic love poem describing the love of young Solomon and a Shulamite maiden who became his first wife… In a secondary sense, the account may also be considered as a type of the love of Christ and His church.” (Henry Morris, the Defender’s Study Bible).

“(This book) furnishes the believer with language of holy love, wherewith his heart can commune with his Lord, and it portrays the intensity of Christ’s love to him. Love to Christ is the strongest, as it is the purest, of human passions, and therefore needs the strongest language to express it.” (Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible).

“The church expresses her strong desires, and most ardent wishes, for some fresh discoveries of the love of Christ to her, and for communion with Him.” (John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible).

“(In this book) we have Christ and his church… expressing their esteem for each other.” (Matthew Henry’s Commentary of the Bible).

THE MARRIAGE METAPHOR:

“for your Creator will be your husband. The LORD Almighty is his name!” (Isaiah 54:5a, NLT).

“Jesus responded, "Should the wedding guests mourn while celebrating with the groom? Someday he will be taken from them, and then they will fast.” (Matt. 9:15, NLT).

“And you husbands must love your wives with the same love Christ showed the church. He gave up his life for her to make her holy and clean, washed by baptism and God's word.” (Eph. 5:25-26, NLT).

THE BIG IDEA: The Song of Solomon is a picture of a beautiful relationship between a husband and a wife, and it is also an allegory for our loving relationship with Jesus our Saviour. BOTH!

• God wants us to have happy, holy and passionate relationships in our marriages!


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